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Troubled waters in northwest Champaign (IL)

Since they bought their home in northwest Champaign’s Timberline Valley South, Oscar Gamble and his family have enjoyed lakefront living, with access to fishing and kayaking on one of the subdivision’s two lakes from their own backyard.  Those days may

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Owner can be charged for lost key

Q. I lost the key to the common element cluster mailbox in my condominium association. I was advised that I must replace the mailbox lock. Is the association or owner responsible for this? Shouldn’t I just have to pay for

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Sugar Grove subdivision building on lawsuit success (IL)

Signs of new life are everywhere this spring in our Fox Valley neighborhoods … and I’m not talking about freshly hatched chicks or multi-hued tulips.  Big machinery is rolling. Earth is moving. Building signs are sprouting up. And residents who

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Costly condo disclosure papers can hit buyers where it hurts

A condominium sale easily generates hundreds of pages of association documents, and each one costs money. Who pays varies, but buyers frequently get stuck with the bill.  “I’ve seen document fees run into four figures,” says Sara Benson, principal managing

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Video shows man punching female security guard at River North condo building (IL)

Police are searching for a man caught on security video punching a female security guard outside a condo building in River North over the weekend.  The video, obtained by WGN-TV, shows the guard walking up to the man after he

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3 ways condo boards can ban Airbnb rentals (IL)

Q:  I am a unit owner in a high-rise condominium off Michigan Avenue. Our condominium declaration does not contain any minimum lease term provisions, but like most condominium declarations, prohibits business uses in units.     Read the Q&A……………

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How to cancel a board meeting

Q. Can you please inform me of the notification requirement for canceling a regularly scheduled condominium board meeting? Do we have to send out a mailing notice?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Condo owners above MCA say its roof is no work of art (IL)

Neighbors of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art have no complaints about the exhibitions. It’s the roof of the museum they say has become an eyesore.  “An evolutionary creep of mechanical equipment has been plopped on the roof,” says Barbara Champion,

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Kass: What can a condo board do if a unit owner is a hoarder?

Q: I am the president of our midsize condominium. One of our owners is a hoarder. She won’t let us in to inspect her unit, but we have reason to believe it is cluttered with what she probably calls “collectibles”;

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Law firm allegedly sends ‘anonymous’ email to condo owner …apparently forgets IP address was recorded

A unit owner who is accusing his Gold Coast condominium association of “massive fraud” says an “anonymous” email he received, urging him to back off – and threatening him with a lawsuit if he does not – came from a

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Condominium property act revamp could give owners needed support (IL)

Condominium owners and families residing in homeowner associations who are battling disputes and struggling for financial clarity received a major shot of support from the Illinois Legislature with the recent passage of two important bills.   Read the article…………..

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Don’t open ballot box before board meeting

Q. Our association utilizes mail-in ballots for elections to the board. The association’s accounting firm (which also tallies our election results) opened the ballot box before last year’s election with only their personnel present in order to ensure a quorum

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Holly Geraci loses lawsuit, must ride condo elevator with dogs (IL)

The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney will have to share the elevator with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit last week against her condo association asking for canine-free carriage.  Holly Geraci filed the housing discrimination lawsuit in March

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3 Men Hospitalized From Elevated Levels Of Carbon Monoxide

A near West Side mid-rise condo building was evacuated and three people were hospitalized after running a gas powered engine indoors.  The Fire Department found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the condo building, located at the corner of Adams

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Condo residents to receive break on water billing (IL)

Residents of Munster’s five residential condominiums are likely to see their water bill decrease.  After hearing complaints from the residents over the past several months that they were being unfairly charged for water, town officials examined Munster’s water rate ordinance

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When a board can make decisions without calling a meeting

Q. I understand the board of a condominium can now make certain decisions in an emergency without calling a meeting. Can you explain this?    Read the Q&A………….

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Association can act to protect property from damage

Q. I recently received a warning from my association advising me I better get rid of my car since it is leaking oil and making the driveway “dirty.” After I was done laughing over their complaint because “it’s a driveway,”

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Here’s what condo associations can do about smoking in units

Q:  I live in a small condominium association and have been experiencing cigarette smoke transmission from an adjacent unit into my unit. I have complained to the managing agent and board of directors to no avail. Can’t the board require

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Court hearing for Montgomery woman accused of running boarding house

A hearing was held Tuesday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville on the Montgomery woman accused of renting rooms out of her single-family home in the Blackberry Crossing West subdivision.  Both the village of Montgomery and the Blackberry

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Bill would delete ‘proper purpose’ requirement to see condo records (IL)

Requiring unit owners to have “proper purpose” for seeing records of their condominium association may have been needed to protect privacy but, says a supporter of a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives, it has evolved and now “individuals

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Gold Coast condo backs away from threat to fine owner over door-dropped letter (IL)

A fine for sending a letter urging fellow unit owners to attend a condo board meeting has not materialized as threatened more than three months ago.  Michael Novak said last December he had been threatened with a fine of $50

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Battle Over Pesticide Spraying Heads to Court (IL)

A man with an autoimmune disorder claims his condition worsened after his homeowner’s association refused to stop spraying dangerous pesticides and threatened to increase spraying near his condominium.  An anonymous plaintiff sued Rob Roy Country Club Village Association, its board

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Are condo & HOA bank deposits fully insured by Uncle Sam?

Condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs) currently have an estimated $50 billion on deposit nationwide in banks to stash operating account and reserve funds, experts say.  Is it possible that hundreds of millions of dollars on deposit by the estimated 50,000

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Can owners question board members at meetings?

Q. Our association recently changed management companies. Prior to the change, at the start of board meetings, there was an open session where homeowners could ask the board questions, request repairs or provide commentary. The new management company sent a

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Boards may conduct rules violation hearings by phone

Q. It is difficult for our association to schedule rules violation hearings because of the work and travel schedules of board members. Is the board of a condominium allowed to hold a rules violation hearing via phone conference with a

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Condo owners have lots of thoughts on smoking issue

Lots of readers wrote in with suggestions for those condo owners whose balcony and apartment interior were spoiled by cigarette smoke from their downstairs neighbors. Some suggested legal measures.   Read the article…………..

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Can unit owners force condo board to evict someone not paying assessments?

Q:  I am a current board member in a six-unit, self-managed condominium association. The previous board refused to initiate collection proceedings against a unit owner who was not paying assessments, but when the subsequent board was elected, we immediately initiated

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Board negligence must be proven for claim to stand

Q. Water from a roof leak damaged artwork in my unit. I made a claim with the association, and it refused to pay, stating the association did not have any prior knowledge of the leak. The association is responsible for

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Lawsuit: Investors Want To Buy Debt On Palatine Condos, Force Deconversion (IL)

Condo deconversions in Chicago have been met with varying degrees of success. But the largest potential condo deconversion in the Chicago market is in the suburbs and is the subject of a lawsuit, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. VM Holdings’

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Association owns assessment contributions

Q. When I purchased my condominium, I had to make a contribution to the reserve fund equal to two months of assessments. I am now selling my unit. Should I get a refund from the association for any unused portion

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Dear Monty: 3 options for homeowners in a weak homeowners association

More Content Now Reader Question: Our homeowner’s association (HOA) has bylaws. The HOA is not proactive in enforcing them and has allowed residents to violate, only addressing the violations if someone files a complaint. This refusal to proactively monitoring property

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Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL)

Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown

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West Loop condo board sued—over its lawsuit (IL)

Board members of a West Loop condo association who have been suing to block a project going up next door are now themselves being sued, by a member who claims they’re wasting the association’s money on a dead issue.  The

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Patton proposes funding plan for Dunlap Lake dredging (IL)

The dredging project for Dunlap Lake has a new proposal on the table. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton approached the Dunlap Lake Homeowners Association at their annual meeting at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge Thursday night in an effort to gather support

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Water Tower condo owners sue over flooring (IL)

A contractor who’s the subject of a lawsuit over plumbing lines in a rehab in Water Tower is also under fire for flooring in another unit in the building.  In a lawsuit, Ian and Patricia Frost, who own a unit

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Mayor, HOA reps to conduct meeting

Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt has invited the presidents of area homeowners associations to a meeting at the Glen Carbon Village Hall.  The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in the council chambers at Village Hall, 151

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City to spend more to fix garage access system (IL)

Unhappy Sherman Plaza condo owners persuaded aldermen Monday to spend $140,000 to replace a new access control system for their section of the development’s garage.  Hank Goldman, president of the condo association, says the license plate reader technology used in

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Water Tower condo neighbors sue over kitchen rehab

Downstairs neighbors are suing to stop remodeling work on a pair of Water Tower Place condominiums that used to be part of Oprah Winfrey’s home, alleging that the rehabbers are using an inferior plumbing material likely to burst and damage

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Association must take specific steps to control leasing

Q. The declaration for our association permits the leasing of units. We don’t want to prohibit leasing. However, can we impose a rule that requires an owner to own and reside in the unit for a year before leasing? Many

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Just how detailed should condo board meeting minutes be?

Q:  I live in a condominium association and am not always able to attend the board meetings, so I rely on the board minutes to know what business has been conducted. However, the board minutes frequently include minimal information regarding

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How often must an association meet each year?

Q. I am on the board of a homeowner’s association. This association is for single-family homes. I read in one of your recent columns that common interest community associations must meet at least four times a year. Do you know

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Wauconda homeowner associations may still ban backyard chickens (IL)

If Wauconda trustees vote Tuesday to allow people to keep chickens in backyard coops, some residents still won’t be allowed to practice the hobby.  Homeowner associations, which often have stricter rules than villages about what people can do on their

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Geraci’s lawsuit to keep dogs off condo elevators moving forward (IL)

The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney is moving forward with a lawsuit against her condo association for forcing her to share the elevator with dogs.  A Chicago federal judge has ruled that Holly Geraci’s housing discrimination lawsuit against

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Kass: If state law allows marijuana use, can condo board prohibit it?

Q:  Can smoking of tobacco and cannabis be prohibited in units? This is becoming complicated with cannabis being legalized in some states and the District of Columbia, decriminalized in others and gaining medical status.  I have attended meetings for condo

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Adding amendments to meet new laws

Q. You recently wrote about all the amendments to the Condominium Property Act that went into effect on Jan. 1. In doing some research, it’s come to the attention of the board of our association that there have been about

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What If Your Condo’s Special Assessment Was $80,000? It Could Happen Here

And you thought your condo’s special assessment was big.  An Old Town condominium building is facing an estimated $18 million repair bill — leaving some residents on the hook for one-time payments of as much as $80,000.  Bruce Theobald, a

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Preparation a key to efficient board meetings

Q. The board meetings of our association last for hours. This causes many problems, including difficulty attracting candidates for the board. What one item would you suggest our association board members utilize in order for our board meetings to run

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Use of email to discuss board matters carries risks

Q. Thank you for your summary of new laws for 2017. It’s very helpful! I have a question about use of email by our board. I understand that a condominium board can now meet outside of a board meeting, and

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Does a condo board have to enforce every single rule and regulation?

Q: I live in a condominium complex where there is no enforcement of the house rules. I have noisy neighbors, neighbors with three cars (for their two-person, one-bedroom condo), neighbors who erect anything and everything on the common elements. The

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Board has power to evict tenants (IL)

Q. Our condominium association decided that the percentage of rentals was too high, so an amendment to the bylaws was prepared, approved and recorded that prohibits rentals of units. The amendment “grandfathered” any existing rental units and also made an

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