How a Punch List Works When You Buy in a New Development

When you’re buying a new condo, you can expect that when you take ownership, your apartment will still need some small repairs. Hopefully it won’t need anything major—maybe a paint touch up or light fixture adjustment—or other work that still needs to be completed as you sign your sales contract. These items will be part of a punch list for the sponsor to deal with.

Starr Associates Names Evelyn D’Angelo Partner

Starr Associates LLP, one of New York’s preeminent boutique real estate law firms, is pleased to announce that Evelyn D’Angelo has been named partner.


The litigation department at Starr Associates has successfully resolved a dispute between and commercial landlord and the firm’s clients, a tenant that allegedly owed rental arrears, and the personal guarantor under the lease. The matter was referred to our office with a summary judgment motion pending and the client’s opposition deadline already expired. Starr defeated summary judgment and succeeded in amending the client’s pleading to add counterclaims against the landlord who claimed that the commercial lease tenants owed years of rent plus attorney fees and other relief. After effective motion practice, Starr obtained a highly beneficial settlement on behalf of its clients. It is safe to say that this is not the result plaintiff anticipated when filing suit.

Utilizing Crypto in Real Estate Transaction and Projects

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies are beginning to change, well, just about everything. Over the last few years, “crypto” has infiltrated countless industries, including finance, real estate, energy, social media, art, sports, and many others.

How to read a NYC co-op or condo building’s financial statement

When you’re buying a condo or co-op in New York City, an important part of your due diligence is to look at a building’s financial health. Your starting point will be the building’s financial statement—of course it’s not the most fascinating read, so you may be relieved to know that the responsibility for making sense of it will fall largely on your attorney once you’ve put in an offer.

Crypto comes to NYC real estate: $29M property offered exclusively in Bitcoin

Slowly but surely, Bitcoin (BTC-USD) is being used to purchase everyday items like coffee and cars — and now, real estate is also joining the party.

Free Internet Could Soon Be Coming to Every New York City Home

A law requiring free internet for every apartment in New York City? If some city officials have their way, it will be a reality sooner rather than later. Council member Ben Kallos proposed a new bill on Thursday that would require landlords who own buildings with ten or more units to provide tenants with internet or “its functional equivalent,” as the proposal stated. “Such dwellings would be subject to additional technical requirements,” the bill reads, “including the installation of Ethernet ports and wiring to facilitate internet access. Violations would be punished under the Housing Maintenance Code.”

Updates to Uniform Rules for New York State Civil Courts

Recent Uniform Rule amendments are intended to bring Commercial Division Rules more broadly into general civil practice before the courts of New York State. While creating efficiencies, these also include potential traps for the unwary, such as new motion and discovery requirements. The Chief Administrative Judge December 29, 2000 Administrative Order implementing these changes, recognizes the Commercial Division as an “efficient, sophisticated, up-to-date court, dealing with challenging commercial cases, and has had as its primary goal the cost-effective, predictable and fair adjudication of complex commercial cases”. In this posting, we provide certain highlights of these Uniform Rule amendments.

It’s Never Been Easier to Buy or Sell a House Online. But Should You?

As you read this article on a big, medium, or small-sized screen, you probably don’t need to be reminded that the pandemic has allowed many people to live more of their lives digitally. These days, you can do everything from socializing and shopping to learning and working online. So, it makes sense that online homebuying has also surged in popularity.

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  • Arthur Stern
    Cogswell Realty

    Our team has had the pleasure of working with Starr Associates on our project at 150 Rivington Street.  The entire Starr team was a tremendous asset to the success of our project.   Through very challenging times, Starr Associates came through time and time again.  It is an honor to work with everyone at Starr!

  • Ian Schrager
    Ian Schrager Company

    I have known Allan Starr for many years and worked with him on many projects.  He has always exceeded my expectations.  He not only knows the ins and outs of the law, but knows how to make the whole process easy and quick.   I’ve found him to possess an incredibly astute legal mind, combined with a common sense approach that always accomplishes my goals.  He’s not only a gentleman and a friend, but a brilliant lawyer.


  • Emily Beare

    It has been an absolute pleasure working with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber over the past twelve years. They are not only the utmost professionals, but also wonderful people who I have grown to love like family. I trust them with all of my new development projects and private clients, and we support each other in our business and personal lives. Starr Associates LLP has always been there for me and my clients and I would recommend them as highly as I recommend anyone.

  • Andrew Berkman, Counsel
    Milstein Properties

    Allan and I have worked together for decades; along the way, I have worked with Samantha Sheeber, Andrea Roschelle, John Rodriguez and Erica Starr and have always been pleased with their quick and accurate responses. They have worked with us on closings (with great and efficient results), restatements of stale plans, amendments and other assorted AG requirements, always on a timely and cost-effective basis.

  • David Penick, Vice President

    “Working with Starr has been great on three condo projects in Manhattan to date.  The accessibility and direct attention of the partners is unsurpassed.  Allan and Sam have the interests of the owner at heart and make every effort to protect our interests in a responsible and defensible manner.  Their practical approach and deep knowledge of the offering plan process and requirements of the AG office combine to make a highly effective and efficient package.  At the associate level they have good support as well.  The closing office has to be the best in NY – never a failed closing in 15 years.  We are repeat customers and will be going forward.”

  • James Lansill, Senior Managing Director
    Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group

    “Samantha Sheeber is a partner in making transactions successful. She’s resourceful, respected, smart, funny as hell, and is swift to constantly embarrass us (and clients) because she sees the end while we all muddle in the middle. She saves time. She is selfless and fast and conscientious. She’s loyal to the notion of selflessly getting stuff done. She cultivates great talent. And she makes the process fun, even when she is mad at us for asking the same impossible question 11 times hoping for a new result (a solution for which — by the way — she often discovers).”

  • Ben Shaoul
    President, Magnum Real Estate Group

    “As an active developer in New York City, Magnum Real Estate Group is proud to have partnered with Starr Associates, LLP as our legal counsel in 5 significant projects valued at approximately $800 million.  Over the last 5 years, Starr has provided us with exceptional advice on condominium Offering Plans and related transactions. Partner Samantha Sheeber, Esq. and her team have professionally guided us, and provided creative and effective solutions when needed.”

  • Susan DeFranca, President & CEO
    Douglas Elliman Development Marketing

    “I have had the fortunate opportunity, over the past 16 years, to work with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber who I consider to be experts in the field of real estate law.  They, together with their team, have a deep understanding of Attorney General Offering Plan registrations and continually seek to identify creative solutions to complicated issues.  Their level of integrity and commitment are unwavering no matter how large or small a project. I completely endorse Starr Associates LLP and look forward to our mutual continued success.”

  • Michael Rudder
    Rudder Property Group

    “Starr Associates’ specialty in the creation and representation of condominiums is unmatched. Their knowledge, experience and professionalism in the office condominium sector is best-in-class. Starr Associates’ hard work and expertise has been critical to the success of our firm’s office condominium projects.”

  • Charles Bendit
    Co-CEO Taconic Investment Partners LLC

    “Starr Associates have been our condominium attorneys for many years. Their counsel goes well beyond just drafting the condominium documents, which of course they do extremely well. They also represent us and our brand with condominium unit purchasers, and with our lenders and partners on condominium related matters. We have always found Starr’s attorneys to be professional, responsive and cost-conscious.”