Much Too Scary – Tales of Condo and Co-op Horrors

October 26, 2017

The Cooperator
By Mike Odenthal

Halloween is right around the corner and everyone knows what that means: spooky season is back, baby, and once-brave citizens now shudder in fear of the ghouls and ghosts that lurk among us.

Terror permeates everything from neighborhood residential to favorite retailers to even cereal, what with Frankenberry and Count Chocula and the like; it’s downright inescapable. And condos and co-ops are no exception: while multifamily real estate is rarely haunted in a spectral sense, eerie goings-on still take place, sending chills down the spines of owners and shareholders.

The Cooperator reached out to a handful of real estate professionals in order to plumb the darker depths of communal living, and these are their stories.


“We represented a building that had a person who insisted that the neighbor upstairs was using ultrasound and other dangerous sound waves to drive him crazy,” says Andrew P. Brucker, a partner with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, a law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. “He had all sorts of paranoid complaints, and we quickly dismissed them, although we were tempted to ask if he wore a protective tin foil helmet.”


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