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Residential managers take the spotlight at REBNY seminar series

JOHN-BANKS-REBNY-WATCH-300x180Residential property managers and building operators will not want to miss REBNY’s new three-part seminar series offering unique insight from some of the city’s most experienced management professionals and firms. The new educational series, hosted by REBNY’s Residential Management Council, launches this week.

Each ninety-minute seminar in this spring series is free of charge for REBNY members and only $15 for non-members. All three events will be held at REBNY’s headquarters at Lexington Avenue and 51st Street.

The first seminar, this Thursday, April 6 at 8:30a.m., focuses on residential building compliance and will be hosted by Adam Batista, compliance manager at Rose Associates. Adam will explain city, state, and federal regulations relating to the required filings and inspections for boilers, elevators, facades, cooling towers, and water tanks.

Additionally, the discussion will cover mandatory benchmarking and energy audits, as well as the multiple dwelling registration process. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to work with governmental agencies and ensure that filings and inspections comply with the law. This seminar will take place in the Mendik Education Center on the lower level of 570 Lexington Avenue.

The second installment, on Tuesday, April 18at 8:30 a.m., will explore residential property insurance and will be led by Ben Kirschenbaum, vice president and general counsel of FirstService Residential. Ben will discuss essential elements of property insurance coverage for multi-family managed properties, along with an overview of general liability insurance and additional policies that may be outside the scope of typical property insurance.

Ben will also delve into the various insurance policies that managed properties should consider when working with insured contractors, as well as the kinds of coverage or agreements that management companies should consider with regard to alteration work at their buildings. This seminar will take place in the Harry B. Helmsley Boardroom on the second floor of 570 Lexington Avenue.

The third topic in the series, on Thursday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m., will tackle residential property budgeting and will be hosted by Bill Brake, vice president of Related Companies. Bill’s discussion will focus on strategies for healthy financial management of residential buildings, which can pave the way toward capital improvements or building alteration projects. He will also talk about how to create an annual operating budget based on mortgages and expenses at this Seminar to be held in the Mendik Education Center on the lower level of 570 Lexington Avenue.

The final leg of the series on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:30 a.m. will revisit residential building compliance with further insight and expertise from Adam Batista of Rose Associates. This seminar, a continuation of the April 6th compliance seminar, will also be held in the Mendik Education Center on the lower level of 570 Lexington Avenue.

These presentations are best suited for residential property managers, members of managing boards and building operators. To register for any of the seminars, visit REBNY’s website or contact Sunny Velez at

REBNY members should also stay tuned for a fall seminar series on proprietary lease language and how to navigate and obtain a certificate of occupancy. Visit REBNY’s event page for more information on future seminars.

REBNY’s Residential Management Council is comprised of top residential management firms in New York City. Its mission is to interact with government officials to offer the industry’s point of view in the operation and management of residential cooperatives, condominiums and other rental properties. The group also hosts the Residential Management Leadership Breakfast, an annual networking awards event, and shares industry standards through published best practice guidelines available to REBNY members. Management firms interested in joining the Residential Management Council are eligible to attend a courtesy monthly meeting. For more information, contact Cindy Ramotar at

In other REBNY news: 

Calling all NYC house hunters who are looking to #LiveUptown! Join us at our Uptown Open House Expos this month to view available cooperative, condominium, and townhouse listings in Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood. Harlem listings will be shown on Sunday, April 23rd from 12:00-4:00 p.m., following a breakfast Meet & Greet from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at The Cecil (210 West 118th Street). Washington Heights and Inwood listings will be shown on Sunday, April 30th from 12:00-4:00 p.m., following a breakfast Meet & Greet from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (location TBA). Visit to register or contact for more information.

Join us on Tuesday, April 25, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., for a panel discussion on how to help your client decide whether to rent or to buy. This Residential Breakfast Club seminar featuring Jeff Appel, Ryan Fitzpatrick of Town Flatiron, LLC, and Leigh Godwin of The Corcoran Group, will delve into the communication, strategy, and solid analysis of today’s market that is imperative in helping your client make what could be a major life decision. Visit to register.

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