Purchasing real estate in New York can be an exhilarating but potentially daunting experience. The process involves considering more than just the property's purchase price. As a savvy homebuyer, it's essential to be aware of the hidden costs associated with buying real estate in New York City to avoid unexpected financial surprises. In this blog, we'll explore some of these expenses and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions.
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The process of subdividing land and assigning new tax lots in New York can be complex, particularly when it comes to understanding the implications for property taxes.rnrnSubdivision refers to the division of a parcel of land into two or more separate lots. In New York, the process of subdividing land is typically regulated by local municipal authorities, such as planning boards or zoning boards. The subdivision process involves obtaining necessary approvals, complying with zoning regulations, and adhering to specific subdivision requirements set forth by the local municipality.
When purchasing real estate in a community with a homeowner’s association (“HOA”), the buyer must assess these fees in estimating the cost of maintaining their property. Such a fee does not exist for single-family homes outside such communities. The HOA fee is mandatory. Once you acquire the property in the homeowner’s association, you are automatically a member of the association and subject to the HOA fee and/or assessments.
Buying a co-op in New York City can be a daunting experience. However, if you are prepared and understand the process, it can alleviate some of the anxiety often associated with purchasing a co-op. There are a few things to keep in mind, depending on whether you are a buyer or a seller of a co-op.
What is a shared meter condition? It is when the utility meter that measures gas and electric or steam provided to a tenant also includes common areas that are the responsibility of the owner but are being billed on the tenant’s meter. This is in contravention of the current New York Shared Meter Law. Shared meter conditions can arise accidentally or intentionally. Either way, they are not permissible. The shared meter condition must be eliminated, or the meter must be placed in the name of the owner/landlord and the owner will remain responsible for all charges. This law cannot be waived by the tenant, owner, or utility company. Shared meter conditions are contrary to public policy.
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