For more than two decades HGAR has been advocating for a requirement that Co-op Boards provide a written reason when rejecting an applicant. The Westchester County Board of Legislators is now considering just such a requirement!
In December 2018, the Board of Legislators passed a law that required Co-ops to report to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission instances when prospective Co-op purchasers’ applications were declined. Since the law was enacted over 480 declinations have been reported to the Commission! Your voice needs to be heard now in support of this amended law.
Opponents of this legislation argue that it will lead to frivolous litigation and unnecessary costs for Co-op shareholders. There is no evidence to support this contention. If Co-op Boards are doing the right thing, they have nothing to fear. If Co-op Boards are discriminating against prospective purchasers based upon their inclusion in a protected class, they must be held accountable.
Opponents also argue that the proposed amendment will be the death knell for co-ops. We suggest the opposite—the current public perception of the difficulties associated with the co-op application and purchasing process drives prospective buyers away from co-ops to other housing options. The proposed amendments to Local Law No. 11 – 2018 will make co-op purchases more attractive.
CONTACT YOUR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR AND VOICE YOUR SUPPORT OF AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL LAW NO. 11 -- 2018