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My neighbor has a above ground pool that hasn’t been cleaned in a few years. Its in severe disrpair, rain water totally black. We have mentioned the mosquito problem (to them)for the past few summers. The surrounding neighbors have also asked what their plans for the pool are. Tried calling 311, no help. Money isn’t the issue. Any advise?


I have the following scenario that may happen. My house has a zero-lot side with a neighboring house. So their property line starts exactly where my bricks end. However, there is a space of at least 4 feet between our two houses.

I am about to undergo a house remodeling exnesion, in which the whole back side of my house will be knocked down and a new one rebuilt using brick veneer. In order to properly tie-in the existing remaining brick to the new one, my contractor and masonry specialist will need access to their backyard.

I am doing eveything 100% legally as I have all the permits (already pulled from the DOB), and my contractor is fully licensed and insured.

What happens that if in order to properly complete this work (so it will get signed off by the strctural engineer and city inspector), and the neighbor refuses access to his/hers property in order to do so, is there a NYC DOB rule(s) or clause which force them to allow access in order so that this approved by BSA and DOB job gets completed?

I would agree to all stipulations that they ask for (escept money) like what hours to work, to fix and put back everything as it was, etc.

If anyone has comments or advice, I would really appreciate it.

I am in Park Slope, Brooklyn — don’t know if it matters.


The other week I got pulled over for running a red light on my bike. However, the cop accidentally (?) wrote down violation number 19176-B, which I believe is riding on a sidewalk.

Riding on a sidewalk is a much lesser offense, fine wise, than running a light.

Should I fight this, since he wrote down the wrong code? Should I consider it a gift? If I fight it, could the judge or cop adjust the ticket to the proper violation and then charge me for running a light?


Hey there, I have two questions:

1) With regard to individual apartment rent increases for rent stabilized apartments, does anyone know of expenses that cannot be included? On the DHCR fact sheets I see that keeping existing appliances maintained and painting every three years of course cannot count. What about, for example, sanding the floors or installing baseboards? I just want to be sure, because I tend to find that information in one fact sheet occasionally contradicts information in another.

2) Can anyone recommend a good lawyer or code consultant who can advise with regard to issues like the above and MCI increases, etc.? I had inherited an issue with regard to the number of apartments in my building when I pulled a permit and I need someone to help me navigate these processes so that I don’t run into trouble again.


I’ve seen a house that has an additional (pretty substantial) structure attached to the back. It’s been in the same family for A LONG time, so I don’t know when it was built, but there aren’t any violations on record at the DOB. The real problem is that this structure spans across the neighbor’s house as well (evidently, they were related and used it communally). The house in question needs a lot of work, so permits will need to be filed, inspections will take place, etc. Am I correct in assuming that the structure will have go? If so, how would one deal with this situation? Could half of it be destroyed while leaving the other half to the neighbors? What would be the legal implications of this? Yikes…


Our neighbor’s chimney collapsed a while ago as a result of neglect.

The chimney is right on the party wall between the two brownstone buildings, but the flues are all my neighbor’s. (Our own chimney is facing the neighbor on the other side.)

My neighbor is under the impression that we are responsible for repairing our side of the chimney, regardless of the fact that the chimney’s usage is actually hers.

The chimney structure sits on the party wall, but the chimney breast protrudes more into her property than it does into ours.

Besides the cost for the repair, I am wondering about a potential hazard if any further collapsing would occur, because one of the flues is actively used for her (!) oil burner in the cellar.

Can anybody shed some light on the legal situation? Who is responsible for the repair?



We purchased our apartment in a brownstone building a year and a half ago and looking back at the condo bylaws we received at the time, they were not the current bylaws. How would I go about getting a copy of the existing condo declaration and bylaws? I asked the other two owners in the building and neither of them have a copy on file. I was a first time buyer at the time and looking back it is something I wish I obviously insisted I received at the time of purchase.



I need a new accountant based in park slope who is professional friendly and patient. I have now 2 and it does not make much sense. I need only one that can deal with doing my personal taxes
and the books of a small LLC and a company that owns a small building.
Thanks for the advise.


I have a a 1 bedroom rented for about a 10 month on a 1 year lease.
My tenant have his parents visiting for 2 months and now they have been here for about 6 months now, and every time i ask him when they go back home they are still there after the date that i have been told.
I did mention on the lease.
Person occupying the apartment
the sole occupancy of the person name in this lease as tenant. the total number of occupants must not exceed the number of tenants specified in the current lease, except for the immediate family.
Is that mean i can not do anything about that ??
My water charge is 3 times more expensive that is has been and is a small apartment not to fit 3 persons.