What is a Co-op?

When you buy a house or a condominium, you are getting real property. When you buy a co-op you are not actually purchasing the physical apartment. You’re buying shares in the cooperative corporation which owns the building in which the apartment is located. You will own the number of shares allocated for that apartment based on its size and location. Instead of the deed you receive when you buy a house or a condo, with a co-op you get a stock certificate and a proprietary lease or occupancy agreement. The lease spells out the rights and obligations of the coop and the shareholder for the use and occupancy of the apartment. The shareholder becomes part owner of the building and has a proprietary lease on a specific apartment.
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