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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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Is condo association on hook for removing snow from rear stairs, porches? (IL)

Q: I live in a walk-up condominium building and a dispute has arisen with the board of directors regarding snow removal on the rear stairs and porches in the back of our building. The association’s snow removal contractor is paid

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Dear Monty: 10 questions to ask before hiring an HOA property manager

Reader Question: I am trying to negotiate a contract with a new HOA property manager for our condominium homeowners association. They not only want a monthly fee for their services but they want a fee for anything extra. Also, any

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Unapproved condo rentals

Q. The tenant of an owner in our condominium association rents out the unit for weekends, while the tenant is out of town. Our declaration prohibits these short-term rentals. What sort of remedies are available to our association?  Read the

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Condo Fire On Beau Drive In Des Plaines (IL)

One person was being treated for injuries suffered in a condo fire on Des Plaines’ west side Friday afternoon.  Crews were dispatched to the Elmdale Condominiums in the 900 block of Beau Drive around 12:20 p.m. According to Fire Chief

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Legal Responsibility for Icy Sidewalks (IL)

Can you be held liable if someone slips and falls on ice outside your house? The Illinois Supreme Court says … maybe.  An Illinois Supreme Court opinion gives owners of icy sidewalks a reason to bust out some more salt.

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Jilted elevator company suing condo association over terminated maintenance contract (IL)

An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday between Marina Towers Condominium Association and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation over a maintenance contract for eleven elevators at Marina City. Though the elevators seemed to break down often, ThyssenKrupp says MTCA cancelled the contract

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This could be the biggest condos-to-apartments switch in the city (IL)

After taking over one North Side condominium tower and converting it back into apartments, a New Jersey investment firm is plotting a similar deal at an even bigger one overlooking Belmont Harbor.      Read the article…………

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Judge orders city to hold off on implementing new Airbnb rules (IL)

A judge has ordered the city of Chicago to hold off on implementing new restrictions on Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms after a group of homeowners sued the city last month.  The lawsuit targeted the city’s new home-sharing rules, which

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Lake in the Hills woman charged with making unauthorized purchases from Sun City Community Association (IL)

A Lake in the Hills woman has turned herself in after Huntley police said she made more than $20,000 in unauthorized personal purchases and charged them to the Sun City Community Association of Huntley.  Jennifer Lupo, 38, of 10 Litchfield

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Airbnb is banned from more and more Chicago condo buildings (IL)

As City Hall gets ready to enforce its new home-sharing regulations, the supply of Airbnb’s most important raw material—homes—is shrinking, and fast.  So far, 901 residential buildings with 88,993 units have placed themselves on a list of properties off-limits to

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Election proxy may not have to be distributed by the board

Q. Our condominium association’s annual election is coming up. The board has stated that only the proxy distributed by the board can be used at an election? I want to prepare my own proxy, and the board is telling me

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At $35 million, this condo deal was ‘quite an adventure’ (IL deconversion)

The Clark Place condominium tower in Lincoln Park is an apartment building once again after a $35 million deal to buy out its owners.  Strategic Properties of North America has completed its acquisition of the 133-unit building at 2625 N.

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Settlers Ridge Subdivision Homeowners Association ‘Thrilled’ Annextion Agreement is Near an End

The homeowners of the Settlers Ridge housing development on the east side of Sugar Grove are excited about the conclusion of the annexation agreement amendment coming up on Tuesday.  Suzan Smith, President of the Homeowners Association for Settlers Ridge, expressed

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City: Naperville woman can’t hold church services in her basement (IL)

A Naperville woman who has been operating a small Christian church out of the basement of her townhouse has been asked to find another place to conduct services.  The planning and zoning commission this week unanimously denied Debra Richmond’s request

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Gold Coast condo threatens fine over door-dropped letter (IL)

A Gold Coast condominium association is threatening a unit owner with a fine of $50 to $500 for sending a letter to his fellow owners urging them to attend a condo board meeting.  The problem State Parkway Condominium Association has

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Condo owners renting out parking spaces Airbnb-style (IL)

Using an app developed in Chicago, Arnold rents one of his spaces to a woman who keeps a car downtown for weekend use, and the other to a man who parks during working hours Monday to Friday. On weeknights and

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No parking spot? Condo owners still on the hook for garage costs

Q:  I am a unit owner in a condominium association that has a parking garage, but not all units have a deeded parking unit. The garage is a common element. Maintenance and repairs to the garage are a line item

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What should community associations expect in 2017?

As another new year approaches, community associations face lengthy agendas. Some issues they will grapple with are ongoing, while others are first-time challenges.  What’s ahead in 2017? Several industry veterans offered their insights:     Read the article………….

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Budget must describe each owner’s assessment amount

Q. A question has come up at the board of our condominium association. Does the budget need to describe each owner’s assessment amount?    Read the Q&A…………….

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Reserve fund issues are subject to debate (IL)

Q. Our condominium association, with more than 100 units, had a reserve study done over a year ago. The reserve study recommended an annual increase in the reserve funds of more than $30,000 for each of the next five years.

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City to hand off pond maintenance to homeowners (IL)

Hobart city staff are in the process of cleaning up two long neglected detention ponds in the Liberty Heights subdivision, but told its residents that future maintenance will be their responsibility.     Read the article……………

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Property Manager Charged with Fraudulently Pocketing Fees from Chicago Condominium Association (IL)

November 14, 2016. A property manager has been charged in federal court with fraudulently pocketing more than $150,000 in illegal fees from a condominium association in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.  ALAN P. GOLD, the owner and operator of Chicago-based A.P. Gold

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Elderly Rockford man charged with stealing homeowner association funds

An 82-year-old Rockford man was arrested Monday on charges of stealing more than $10,000 from the homeowner’s association of Thatcher Blake Riverwalk Condos located in the 2400 block of South of Main Street.  Frank O. Tartaglia, a former resident of

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Oak Lawn Man Upset About Roofers Threatens To Shoot Condo President (IL)

An Oak Lawn man was arrested after he threatened to shoot his condominium association president because he felt workers were looking through his window and not respecting his religious customs, reports said.  (badly edited)    Read the article………….

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FHA pulls housing head fake on condo communities

Call it a housing policy head fake — one with potentially painful consequences for moderate-income buyers, sellers and seniors in hundreds of condominium projects around the country. If you were thinking about purchasing a condo unit with a low-down-payment Federal

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After Shooting, Police Urge University Commons To Hire Private Security (IL)

In response to outrage over a recent shooting, Chicago Police are urging University Commons neighbors to consider hiring private security to patrol the development’s 900 units.  Concerned about an October shooting that damaged a sprinkler and waste line inside of

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Condo Association Snow Removal Contracts Affected by New Liability Limitation Act (IL)

On August 25, the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act became effective. This act voids certain indemnity agreements that are common in condominium association snow removal contracts.  The Act (which contains a lot of legal language) essentially limits liability provisions

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Woman faces fine for ‘Flying the W’ at Chicago condo building (IL)

As everyone knows, the Cubs “Fly the W” every time they win. Well, WGN found someone who has to pay fines if she does the same at her condo, and she’s willing to do it even if the Cubs go

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This big Lakeview condo complex is poised to go rental (IL)

A big North Side condominium complex has gone up for sale, another prospect for developers that convert condos into apartments.  The board of Barry Quadrangle, a 116-unit property at Barry Avenue and Dayton Street, has hired CBRE to sell it,

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More than 2 dozen displaced after Romeoville townhome explosion (IL)

Twenty-four units were evacuated after a gas explosion that injured two utility workers Tuesday night.  Noak said village building inspectors would go through each unit and work with the area homeowners association while the village’s social worker was coordinating aid

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Condo lawsuit ruling appealed to Illinois Supreme Court

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop a downtown Clarendon Hills condominium development want to take their case to the Illinois Supreme Court.  Residents Sue Hanlon and Phil Altvater filed an appeal Oct. 5 asking the state’s high court to

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Is hiring security guard best way to combat break-ins and burglaries?

Q: We are a medium-sized homeowners association that contains several condominium associations. All are governed by the homeowners board of directors. There have been several incidents in the past year in which strangers were seen wandering through our grounds. There

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Gold Coast condo association issued three citations over records requests (IL)

A condo association that allegedly did not allow a unit owner to inspect tax returns and other financial documents has received three citations from the city.  Notices of ordinance violations have been sent by the Department of Business Affairs and

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Fence variance approved on Karros Court (IL)

“I have not voted for a variance because I think we have HOA documents that cover it, an ordinance that covers it; we’ve passed a resolution that gave us guidance about when, if there were previous things in an easement,

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Board asked to approve electric car charging station

Q. An owner in our condominium requests the board to grant this owner permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in his garage unit. This would require some infrastructure changes to the electrical system for the association. What sort

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Neighbor’s marijuana odor may be grounds for lawsuit

Q: Over the past four years we have suffered because of an unpleasant odor seeping into our condo. This goes on almost daily, on and off between 5 and 11 p.m., and starts earlier on the weekends. People familiar with

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Crown Point hydrant billing fix in the works (IL)

Negotiations are underway to remedy the longtime triple billing for fire hydrant services in a privately maintained subdivision and bring its streets into the city inventory.  Residents of the Prairie View subdivision and their homeowners’ association had been paying for

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How to navigate conflicts of interest on a condo board

Q:  I am on the board of directors of a condominium association and believe one of the other directors has a conflict of interest in regards to certain vendors due to her personal relationship with the principals of those businesses.

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Campton Hills VP threatens veto to stop hiring of second law firm Fox Mill acreage at issue (IL)

Kristin LeBlanc, former president of the homeowners association, said the trustees made the Fox Mill homeowners look foolish at the town hall meeting. She said the acreage involved is 275 acres.  “We knew they were taking action to have somebody

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Former condo lawyer out on bond in cold case murder indictment

In 1983, Rudd co-wrote amendments to the Illinois Condominium Property Act. At one time, Rudd had a law firm in Schaumburg with, he has said, more than 2,000 clients, mostly homeowner associations, but in 1994 he voluntarily changed the status

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Adding heat and water to monthly assessments

Q. I am looking at purchasing a condominium where among the “usual” homeowner association fees (building maintenance, snow removal, garbage pickup) the monthly assessments include heat and water for the unit. What are the pros and cons of having one’s

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How priority liens work

Q:  I have been hearing the concept “priority liens” but do not understand exactly what it means. Can you explain?   Read the Q&A………..

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Lease or sale of condo can remain private

Q. As a townhouse owner, am I entitled to see a list of the units that are rented in my association? I am concerned that too many units are being leased in the association. This certainly impacts my ownership greatly.

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Owners of problematic Fireside Terrace condos in Buffalo Grove elect new board

For the first time in months, condominium owners at Fireside Terrace in Buffalo Grove will lead their homeowners association board, casting doubt on the future of a property manager new board members say cannot be trusted.  At least 26 calls

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Can hardworking condo board members get a break in their dues?

Q: I am on the board of directors of a suburban condominium association. In my opinion, volunteering for a condominium board can be a thankless position. We are self-managed and our unit owners are quite demanding, requiring loads of personal

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Handling unit control when owner dies

Q. An owner in our association recently died. A person claiming to be one of the adult children of the deceased owner contacted the association and demanded access to the unit, and demanded the association provide her with the unit

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