Bylaws Required Unit Owners to Comply with Water Valve Installation

Facts: A condominium was mostly residential, with two commercial units. One commercial unit was a parking garage owned by two brothers. A dispute arose over whether the condominium should install a backflow preventer valve in the garage. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered the condominium to install the valve in the garage, in accordance with plans DEP had approved. It announced that it would fine the condominium and possibly terminate water service to the building if the order wasn’t followed.


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