Should we tell the coop board about our roommate?
March 1, 2011 7:25 AM Subscribe
My SO and I are looking to purchase a coop apartment in Brooklyn. We have a family friend living with us who would not be on the mortgage, but whom we would like to keep as our roommate. Should we mention this fact to the coop board?
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
We've been looking for some time, and have decided that a Brooklyn coop would be right for us, particularly in the Sunset Park area. Financially we're in very good shape, with excellent credit, and if not for the roommate issue I wouldn't be at all worried about pleasing a potential coop board.
My SO and I have gotten lots of conflicting advice about this, from friends as well as real estate brokers we've been speaking to. Some people say this is a "don't ask, don't tell" situation, and we shouldn't mention the roommate at all...but our friend would be living with us full-time for the indefinite future, and I'm sure other people in the building would notice. Others have said we should explicitly bring our friend up, but bend the truth slightly by saying that the friend is only staying with us for the time being and won't be paying rent. Others have urged us to ask to get a clause allowing us to sublet to a roommate explicitly written into our agreement with the coop board.
The theme in all of this seems to be "it depends on the coop board," but I would appreciate any personal anecdotes of dealing with a situation like ours. I would hate for our negotiations with future coop boards to be ruined by this issue, but I'm unwilling to kick our dear friend to the curb.
Please assume, as well, that avoiding coops isn't an option.
(Anon because my mefi profile is googleable, and I don't want potential boards seeing that I've asked this question)