As the cases of coronavirus have surged and an increasing number of Americans are sheltering in place, more people are worried about catching COVID-19 from their neighbors. And while the prospect of having an infected neighbor in a cul-de-sac is scary, it’s far more terrifying if you live in a large apartment, co-op, or condo building with everyone sharing (and even coughing in) the same elevators, laundry rooms, and other common spaces.
The issue: At present, building owners and boards aren’t legally required to disclose whether someone tests positive for COVID-19—even if many of the building residents are elderly or have underlying health conditions, say real estate attorneys. However, federal, state, and city laws seem to be changing by the day, so new requirements could come into play at anytime.
But most buildings are sending emails and memos to let folks know if one of their neighbors has contracted the