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Indian Cooking Reportedly Cause of Indian American Couple Being Denied Condo Rental

An Indian American couple in Illinois was recently denied the opportunity to sign a lease for a condo because the owner allegedly voiced a displeasure at the smell of Indian cooking.  The child of the couple posted July 19 on

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Condo living on the Gold Coast: Lawsuits, fines, insults (IL)

Inside an austere Gold Coast tower overlooking North Michigan Avenue, the condo board president allegedly charged at a gadfly board member during a meeting and drew his fist back in rage.  No punch was ever thrown in that 10th-story conference

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Subdivision residents wish they’d been warned better before lakes’ sale (IL)

Sure, Holly Jones said, Champaign County did everything required by law to notify her and Timberline Valley South residents before auctioning off two of the neighborhood’s lakes.  That doesn’t keep her from thinking that the county should have done more.

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Litigious Geracis lose another court battle over dog-walker attack (IL)

It’s been nearly four years since multimillionaire-bankruptcy attorney Peter Francis Geraci allegedly threatened to “ruin” a dog-walker his wife had attacked in an elevator at their River North condo building.     Read the article…………..

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Chicago condo deconversions trending, signals multifamily hotter than ever (IL)

Overall, there’s been a steady increase in renter households the past several years and multifamily construction has reached the highest levels since the 80s, according to a report from FreddieMac. In Chicago, vacancy rates are expected to remain tight this

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2 Investigators: Inspectors Missed Major Condo Defects, Suit Says (IL)

A couple buying their first new home together relied on a private home inspector, city building inspectors and a warranty that came with their new $600,000 condo.  But as CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman found, none of that protected them

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Pools, grills, pets: Summertime considerations for community associations

Community associations are hives of activity during the summer months. Residents, their guests and sometimes animal companions are out and about, enjoying the warm sunshine and recreational amenities.  It’s also a busy season for boards and managers who strive to

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Another big condo building goes rental (IL)

A 101-unit condominium building on the North Side has joined the deconversion trend sweeping through the city, selling out to a developer for $16.2 million.  A venture led by investors Wayne “Skip” Gilmartin and his son Michael acquired the 13-story

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How can condo owners force sale of crumbling building?

Q: I am a unit owner in a condominium association and the common elements of my association are in dire need of significant repairs and replacements — to the tune of millions of dollars. If the condominium board adopts a

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Unit owners deck project requires vote

Q. A unit owner in our condominium association has requested permission from the board to expand the size of the deck serving his unit. This deck, along with the decks serving other units, was built by the developer. It is

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Two dogs dead in Buffalo Grove condo fire; residents unharmed (IL)

Two dogs died in a blaze Tuesday night at a Buffalo Grove condominium building before firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, authorities said.  The fire, which started about 5:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Le Parc Circle, was

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Condo ‘Deconversions’ Soar in Chicago (IL)

A growing number of Chicago condominium associations are looking to sell their buildings to developers for “deconversion” into rental apartments, according to GlobeSt.com, and current economic conditions have made residential developers willing to buy.    Read the article………….

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Burr Ridge homeowner groups resist new consolidated garbage pickup agreement

Seven homeowner associations, six of which already have their own contracts with Groot Industries – the village’s chosen waste hauler – have said they do not want to be part of a village-wide deal to consolidate garbage service providers. The

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City holds meeting on situation with ponds

Dozens of homeowners came to this meeting with questions about their subdivision’s ponds, but many of them left with even more.  City staff members told a Champaign neighborhood they need to organize and hire a lawyer. After someone stopped paying

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Five months later and warrantied builder issues still not resolved (IL)

Many regular Help Squad readers are likely familiar by now with the saga of a group of Naperville Carillon Club active senior living community homeowners whose issues I’ve been documenting since early March. In my last column on this topic,

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Water leaking into your condo unit?

Q: I own a unit on the first floor of a small condominium building. At my expense, I replaced my kitchen window; however, when it rains, I still see water dripping into the window frame. The window installation company inspected

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Establishing a special assessment

Q. The board of our condominium association recently approved both a large expenditure and a loan with a bank to pay for it. The repayment period of the loan is five years. Does the board’s approval of the loan automatically

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Owners’ approval not needed on certain expenditures

Q. Our declaration states that the board can approve certain expenditures without owner approval. Our five-person board approved a large expense that did not require owner approval. Upon further thinking, four of the board members want to negate that board

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Kass: Decoding condo documents: Know the difference between declaration, bylaws

Q:  Please explain the difference between a condominium declaration and the bylaws. I am a new member of our board of directors, and no one seems to understand what these documents really are.   Read the Q&A…………..

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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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