It’s a Sin to Tell A Lie

Does the bigger man always win? He who has the most toys wins or, has the most money. It’s impolite to say “money”, right? But that’s really what is meant. No matter how old one gets, it’s still the same.

My post called” the earth cracked” spoke of a problem my daughter and her husband are having with their Co-Op on Long Island.  They found mold in their attic back in December.  Green mold all over the wood.  They had it remediated for about $1500 but it came back.   The Co-Op maintenance people said it came from a bathroom exhaust fan  The fan had been there when they bought the place seven years ago.  It had been there even before that buyer bought it, it doesn’t seem to matter.

They are getting them on the contract that they signed saying “fan’s can’t be used”, or window air conditioners.  Meanwhile many of the apartments have them, and use them.  They have never had any problem with mold in the seven years they have lived there. They have had leaks though, and the roof isn’t ventilated properly, and there is now snow and ice all over it.  It’s better for the Co-Op Management  to say it’s all because of the fan.  Even though two contractors have been in saying that isn’t so. There are other problems with the building too. No one seems to care.

They have a hatchet man as a lawyer, say’s “he doesn’t care, he gets paid either way,and is prepared to fight them in court”.  Except I just heard him talking on a Pod cast about mold and how bad it can be and how buildings should take it seriously and  CO-OP Boards should be held responsible.  People can get sick It’s dangerous. Guess what? My Grand Daughter has asthma because of it and was sick because of it and when I visited I got sick from it .  So sick I ended up in the ER two times.  Why did the lawyer allow this to drag on for two months while my Grand daughter was still in the apartment? Sounds like a hypocrisy to me.

Now my daughter and he husband had finally sold their place months ago, before they found the mold.  Their buyer has been waiting for the closing.  They are waiting to move into a new house they had bought.  All is on hold until all of this is settled. They now have an answer.

The Co-Op management company will not let them close until they pay $23,000.  For legal fees, the mold remediation, a mold consultant, etc.  This is devastating because their own lawyer is telling them, the little guy, it will cost too much too fight them.  This co-op company owns many such developments all over Long Island, NY.  They have millions of dollars.  They could pay, or fight them easily. Which way should they go?

Their lawyer says it will cost too much to fight them, that they will lose?  My son in law is afraid.  They will need to borrow money from family members to pay for this.  They will come out with nothing from the sale of their place, all because the Management Company is” too big” to fight.  What about what’s right?  IS our legal system only about who can manipulate the facts  or innuendo the best?  About who has the most money to fight? About who doesn’t believe it’s a sin to tell a lie?

 Does one stay and fight when they have so much to lose or do they fight the fight because it’s right?








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