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Q & A: Adding ‘Partners’ to Co-op Shares

By Jay Romano

Q: What rights does being registered as “domestic partners” in New York City convey in regard to real estate? I moved into my partner’s co-op five years ago, but the board refuses to add my name to the shares and proprietary lease.

A: Adam Leitman Bailey, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, said that depending on what the proprietary lease or bylaws provide, a co-op may be under no obligation to allow a spouse or domestic partner to be added to the title. He says the Domestic Partnership Registration law does not override the board’s power.


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