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Here are some recent examples of how FirstService Residential New York has been making news.
 

Hurricane Season Is Here

While hurricanes can happen at any time, their potential to impact New York City is greatest from June to October. Every multifamily property should have a solid plan.

Posted on Thursday June 01, 2017 read more

Growth of Solar from 2011 to 2016 in New York State Nearly 800%

New York State is undertaking significant change in how it generates and delivers energy. Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy aimed at building a next-generation energy system that is clean, resilient, and affordable for all New Yorkers. His aggressive Clean Energy Standard commitment will require 50% of New York State’s electricity to be sourced from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017 read more

With More Bang for the Buck, Renewables Providing Most New Power

Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Posted on Monday May 08, 2017 read more

LESS IS MORE: HOW TO LIVE A MORE MINIMALISTIC LIFESTYLE

Work hard. Make money. Buy new clothes, the latest technology and more toys for the kids. Does this sound familiar? It’s a blueprint that many of us tend to get carried away with. Minimalists, on the other hand, find freedom and mindfulness in austerity, and in the idea that less is more. Stripping away life’s baggage gives minimalists a sense of clarity and perspective.

Posted on Wednesday April 05, 2017 read more

Ways to Fuel Greater Energy Efficiency

Founder and President of FS Energy, Tal Eyal, penned this article, “Ways to Fuel Greater Energy Efficiency,” featured in the latest edition of Multi-Housing News.

Posted on Wednesday April 05, 2017 read more

Create a Happy and Balanced Community: Define Your Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities

New York City condos and coops are known to be home to diverse populations with a variety of personalities. Because residents have different levels of experience and involvement living in a multi-family property, they may also have vastly different views of their roles in such an environment. Community leaders should take a proactive approach in helping residents understand their roles and responsibilities. Here is a list of nine important rights and nine important responsibilities that both owners and non-owners should keep in mind. 

Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017 read more

Property Insurance Seminar with Ben Kirschenbaum, VP & General Counsel, FirstService Residential

Ben Kirschenbaum, VP & General Counsel, FirstService Residential, is conducting a seminar on residential property insurance coverage and requirements as part of REBNY’s Residential Management Council Seminar Series.

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 read more

Is Your Co-Op Liable for Secondhand Smoke? What Can You Do About It?

All of us have caught the whiff of secondhand smoke from a passerby or a fellow patron at a restaurant or even neighbors on their balcony. And for most nonsmokers, it’s a fleeting irritation, gone in an instant. But what if it’s more than that? 

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017 read more

Fair Labor Standards: How Boards Can Effectively Handle Wage and Hour Claims

“The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” Why does this matter to you, as coop or condo board member? Ben Kirschenbaum, vice president and general counsel for FirstService Residential, said that the FLSA applies to all businesses that employ hourly workers, regardless of size.

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017 read more

Formalize These Five Policies in Your High-Rise Right Now

High-rise living has more appeal now than ever! The wealth of amenities, unique culture, and concierge-level services draw a greater number and variety of people to vertical living each year. Of course, there are challenges. The density and close quarters of a condo or coop mean that residents need to be respectful of each other and sometimes that can lead to conflict and friction. Let’s take a look at some of the areas where concrete policies can help promote harmony and create order within a high-rise building.

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017 read more

Service Animals in Your Community: 5 Things You Need to Know

For individuals with disabilities, having the assistance and companionship of a service dog can help them achieve a greater quality of life and assist in performing daily tasks. What happens if conflicts arise due to your New York City condominium’s or cooperative’s policies and your need for a service animal? As this is both a sensitive and relevant situation that many condos and co-ops can face, the following guidelines are intended to guide you and your board in clarifying information about service animals and the rights of individuals with disabilities in your community.

Posted on Thursday January 26, 2017 read more

Professional Enrichment for Managers: The More You Know, the Better

Whether dealing with technology, administration or communication, on any given day property managers and managing agents are required to be jacks of all trades. And while some managers might actually have a practical background in plumbing or finance, it’s impossible for even the most seasoned professional to understand all aspects of running a multifamily property. That’s why engaging in continuing education is essential to maintaining a safe, successful, and financially solvent property. 

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017 read more

Eight Simple Rules for Making Effective Condo and Co-op Policies & House Rules

We all have rules we have to live by. Making those rules in the right way is critical. The most important factors in community policy making, whether for a condo or co-op, are clarity and sensibility. Everyone involved, including the management team, the board, owners and residents, must understand their responsibility when it comes to policy or rule creation, enforcement and compliance. When a policy is created, it’s a good idea to remind all residents of the roles of the various agents in the process and the reasoning for establishing the new policy or rule.

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017 read more

Mediation or Arbitration? How to Identify Appropriate Community Conflict Resolution

Within a dense, urban melting pot such as New York City, condominiums and cooperatives flourish with diversity. Communities have a plethora of different personalities coexisting, so it’s a fact of life that conflicts or disputes may arise. While many parties may be able to settle their differences amicably through discussion and negotiation, sometimes disputes escalate into a complex situation. Here, we’ll give you a brief overview of what both conflict resolution processes entail and how they’re different.

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017 read more

2017: Year of the Renter

Robert Scaglion, our executive managing director of new business development, provides commentary on where concessions and rents are headed in this New York Times article.

Posted on Friday January 06, 2017 read more

Home And Color Trends You'll Love in 2017

As you ring in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your life. You get to look back at all of 2016’s good times and accomplishments, and you also get to plan ahead to make 2017 even better than the past year. You might even make a New Year’s resolution or two to help you improve your health and well-being. But what about your living space? If you haven’t taken a good look at your home decor recently, the time is now!  

Posted on Tuesday December 27, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Offers Active Shooter Training and Preparation for Building Staff

More than 370 mass shootings in the U.S. this year have killed 434 people and injured nearly 1,500 more. Due to these alarming statistics, FirstService Residential identified the value in educating both the company’s associates and building staff members on possible active shooter situations within residential properties. 

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016 read more

Roommates Divide and Conquer With Temporary Walls

FirstService Residential’s thought leadership is reflected in President Dan Wurtzel’s commentary in this article appearing in Sunday’s New York Times Real Estate section focused on tenants who have incorporated temporary walls into their living spaces to reduce the cost of rent and make living more affordable.

Posted on Friday December 09, 2016 read more

With Great Power Comes Great Opportunity

December’s Habitat magazine features an article about properties that became stronger and healthier after facing significant tragedies. FirstService Residential is credited with helping The Strand, a 300-unit condominium, quickly recover from the calamity.

Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016 read more

Compliance, Cyber Risk and Security are Focus of December Property Managers’ Meeting

Several important and timely presentations covering compliance, cyber risk and security were covered at our December Property Managers’ Meeting which was attended by more than 100 property managers.

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016 read more
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