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Introduction to HDFC Committees

Join us to discuss how committees can be formed, “staffed” and run to successfully help the co-op and Board.

Intro to Property Management

This class is useful for co-op residents that work with managers and anyone looking to keep an HDFC running smoothly.

Board Ethics + Confidentiality

Confidentiality and an ethics standards for a co-op is important for your democracy and harmonious governance.

Participation and Meetings

If your building is run by just a couple people, you can’t get volunteers to run for the board, or shareholders don’t show up to meetings, this class can help.

Taking Effective Minutes

Join us to discuss tools for taking useful and bylaws-complying minutes.

Board Roles + Responsibilities

Learn the responsibilities of the board and officers and who they report to.

Intro to HDFC Committes

Join us to discuss how committees can be formed, staffed and run to successly help the co-op and Board.

Healthier, Safer HDFC’s

Join us as we discuss tips for maintaining a financially and physically healthy and sound cooperative.

Intro to HDFC Committees

Join us to discuss how committees can be formed, “staffed” and run to successfully help the co-op and Board.

HDFC elections

Join us to discuss implementing a smooth, non-controversial election. We will review the importance of having proper notice, annual election guidelines, governing tools for boards, and incorporating modern technology…

Board Role + Responsibilities

A well-functioning board is essential to a healthy co-op. Learn what the board and officers are responsible to do and who the board is responsible to.

Board Ethics & Confidentiality

Confidentiality and an ethics standard for a co-op is important for your democracy and harmonious governance. Come discuss what confidentiality means and how to implement a policy for your…

Intro to Property Management

This class is an overview of different aspects of managing a co-op, from the ownership structure of co-ops to physical upkeep to housing court policy. This class is useful…

Ask the Expert: “Get the most from your Property Manager

Professional property management in a Board-run HDFC requires special skills, both from the manager and the Board. Join us for tips from a property manager on how a Board…

Shareholder Training Part 2

An overview of cooperative governing documents and election procedure basics.

Advanced Co-op Management

Learn the role of a manager and property management ethics. Tips on how to supervise personnel, budget basics and a checklist of yearly operations and maintenance.

Housing Court + Fair Housing

Fair Housing Taking residents to court for nonpayment is a last resort. Come learn how housing court works and your HDFC’s obligations under NYS and NYC fair housing laws.

Shareholder Training Part 1

An overview of the co-op structure and the roles and responsibilities of the Board and Shareholders.

Who Fixes What?

In a co-op, ownership is both collective and individual at the same time. Join us as we give an overview on repair responsibilities as it pertains to individual shareholders…

Ethics & Confidentiality

Understanding confidentiality and setting agreements in a cooperative is important to avoid litigation and run a harmonious co-op. Come learn what confidentiality means and how to create a confidentiality…

Elections: Best Practices

A session discussing the best election practices for your HDFC. We will talk about how to have smooth, non-controversial elections, the importance of having a proper meeting notice, annual…

Board Ethics and Confidentiality

Understanding confidentiality and setting ethics standards on the boad is important to avoid litigation and run a harmonious co-op. Come learn what confidentiality means and how to create a…

Participation and Meetings

Discuss participation in a cooperative and ways to increase resident involvement. Discuss meeting preparation, planning and outreach.

Introduction to HDFC Committees

The creation of committees are an important tool at the disposal of the cooperative board. Join us as we discuss what committees are, how to create them and their…

Ask UHAB

Ask UHAB is our open house where you can get one-on-one advisement from our team of HDFC experts. Come with your questions and stay for as long or short…

Healthier, Safer HDFCs

Join us as we discuss tips/best practices for maintaining a financially and physically healthy and sound cooperative. We will discuss preventive maintenance, green measures and energy conservation methods; as…

Shareholder Training Part 2

An overview and discussion on cooperative governing documents, as well as election procedure and practices.

Shareholder Training Part 2

An overview and discussion on cooperative governing documents, as well as election procedure and practices.

Shareholder Training Part 1

A discussion and overview on the co-op structure of a cooperative. Also the roles and responsibilities of the Board and Shareholders.

Shareholder Training Part 1

A discussion and overview on the co-op structure of a cooperative. Also the roles and responsibilities of the Board and Shareholders.

HDFC Elections

Join us to discuss best practices and tips on implementing a smooth, non-controversial election. We will cover the importance of having proper notice, annual election guidelines and governing tools…

Co-op Vital Signs: Is Your Co-op Distressed?

An overview and discussion on HDFC vital signs. What makes a healthy co-op? What are the aspects and metrics to look at in making sure your co-op is organizationally…

Elections: Best Practices

This session will cover the best election practices for your HDFC. We will talk about how to have smooth, non-controversial elections, the importance of having a proper meeting notice,…

Planning for Energy Projects

Get tips on how board and shareholders can work together to make cost-effective decisions about your building’s energy.

Co-op Vital Signs: Is Your Co-op Distressed?

The goal of this class is to identify ways to fix an HDFC’s stress, no matter what the root causes.

Shareholder Training Part 2: Co-op Legal Docs & Elections

A discussion and overview on the co-op governing legal docs, and steps and best practices during elections.

Shareholder Training part 2

An overview and discussion on cooperative governing documents, as well as election procedure and practices

Resources (16)


Sample Proprietary Lease

This is a sample of the proprietary lease of of an HDFC cooperative. Proprietary leases are part of your cooperative’s governing documents.

Calling a Special Meeting of Shareholders

A special meeting allows shareholders to remove the current board of directors and elect a new board.

Healthy Co-op Checklist

Learn the signs of a healthy, well-functioning HDFC

Sample House Rules

Sample house rules contain information about quiet hours, garbage disposal, repairs, and more.

Sample Bylaws

This is a sample of the by-laws of of an HDFC cooperative. By-laws are part of your cooperative’s governing documents. Different HDFCs have different by-laws, depending on their year of conversion, amendments, and more.

Sample Management Agreement

The management contract outlines duties, responsibilities, and payments of the management company. This is a sample agreement created by UHAB.

Sample Repair Policies and Procedures

This is a sample HDFC co-op repair policy created by UHAB. Your own building may have different procedures in place.

Self Management Resolution

Self-managed HDFCs may find this agreement useful to clarify duties, compensation, and more.

Successful Conflict Resolution: Getting to “Yes”

The “Getting to Yes” conflict resolution method can help you solve interpersonal problems in your building.

How To Increase Participation

Help residents get interested and involved in running their building.

Running Effective, Democratic Meetings

Clear, timely, effective, and democratic meetings are key to a healthy cooperative.

Shareholder Rights, Responsibilities, and Advantages

Learn the rights and responsibilities of an HDFC shareholder, plus what makes living in an HDFC so special.

Delegating Tasks and Carrying Out Decisions

Involve residents and strengthen your board by delegating tasks.

Managing Your Manager

Have a manager, or thinking of hiring one? Learn how to make the most of your manager, including hiring and contracting.

Improving your Cooperative Board of Directors

Improve regular board meetings, learn the duties and powers of the board of directors, and make a cooperative policy checklist.

How does a cooperative operate?

Operating a cooperative takes organization and cooperation. This resource is a guide to some of the basic functions fo a co-op.