The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the judge should not have, sua sponte, appointed a receiver and should not have referred an issue to a court attorney referee in this dispute between plaintiff condominium boards and homeowners association and their management company and attorney. The complaint alleged breach of contract and negligence:
The Supreme Court improvidently exercised its discretion in, sua sponte, appointing a receiver to manage the plaintiff entities, since the complaint did not seek the appointment of a receiver, no “person having an apparent interest” in the plaintiff entities sought such relief, and there is no evidence that such a drastic remedy was warranted (CPLR 6401[a] …).
The Supreme Court should not have referred the issue of which Board of Managers and/or which management company shall be implemented to manage the affairs of the plaintiffs to a court attorney referee to hear and report, since the defendants lack standing to challenge the alleged violations of the plaintiffs’ bylaws in the elections of new board members (see N-PCL 618 …). Further, the reference of the issue of attorney’s fees was premature … . Board of Mgrs. of Golfview Condominium I v Island Condo Mgt. Corp., 2020 NY Slip Op 02070, Second Dept 3-25-20