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Co-op Boards Must Treat All Pieds-a-Terre Equally

Aug. 2, 2022

In Animal Farm, his parody of Soviet totalitarianism, George Orwell created a skewed utopia where all the farm animals were equal — but some were more equal than others.

That very situation played out recently when a co-op purchaser was told by the board that it does not allow shareholders to use their apartments as pieds-a-terre. But once his purchase was approved, the shareholder learned that some of his neighbors were using their apartments as pieds-a-terre. Confused, he asked Brick Underground: “Is the board just looking the other way? Could the other pieds-a-terre be grandfathered in?”