The signs of a nascent coup in an apartment building are unmistakable.An anonymous letter filled with angry accusations gets slipped under apartment doors. Clutches of residents whisper in the lobby. And then there’s the knock on the door, followed by hushed but urgent pleading for a vote to unseat, or maybe keep, a certain board member.Many co-op and condominium boards recently held their annual meetings, which made it prime season for this type of building intrigue. Most meetings are nonevents, with current members easily re-elected. But for those buildings where dissent has been brewing and is finally served up openly, the tension can be thick and vicious.The uncertainty of the real estate market and concerns about rising costs seem to have made buildings more prone to rumors and attempted revolts.
By Vivian S. Toy, August 2, 2009, NYT

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