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Condo Residents Concerned About Flammable Panels (IL)

River East Center homeowners speak to the 2 Investigators about flammable panels used to construct their Streeterville building.  Piya Mukherjee says she’s owned a condo there for 10 years, and did not know about the potential danger of the exterior

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Cumulative or non-cumulative voting (IL)

Q. What is the difference between noncumulative voting and cumulative voting in an election for members to the board of an association?    Read the Q&A………………

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6 cash-saving strategies for costly repairs, replacements (IL)

In any community association budget, capital projects such as roofs and balconies are the scariest. They are the most expensive and require the most expertise to get right. That’s why boards must carefully tread each step of the way.  Wrong

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Shortfall often made up in next budget (IL)

Q. It looks like our condominium association will end the year with an operating account deficit. What can the board do to make up this shortfall?     Read the Q&A……………..

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Joliet plugs a leak, pleases condo dwellers (IL)

The city has put a temporary fix on a leaky pipe that has been a problem for years at a West Side condominium building.  Resident Rosemary Breen said she is happy with the results so far at Heritage House, a

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Former condo manager awaits sentencing in skimming case (IL)

A Chicago man who was accused of skimming more than $1 million from dozens of North Side condo associations has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and is to be sentenced in January.  Alan Gold, who managed A.P. Gold Realty &

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Amended Illinois condo law has some concerned about privacy

Q: I am a unit owner in a condominium association and recently received a letter from the management company advising unit owners that the Illinois Condominium Property Act has been amended to allow any unit owners to request telephone and

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Subdivision easily approves HOA in step toward reclaiming lakes (IL)

Members of a northwest Champaign subdivision voted to form a homeowners association Monday night, putting them closer to regaining ownership of two retention basins that the county auctioned off without their knowledge.  The next step in the saga, which began

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Champaign subdivsion with lake issues to vote on creating HOA (IL)

Months of tension will come to a head Monday when residents of a northwest Champaign subdivision whose retention lakes were bought out from under them vote on the one measure that could get the basins back.  That night, residents of

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How to handle collection of delinquent fees (IL)

Q. I live in a common interest community association built in the 1960s, and each year I pay my annual assessment, reasonably priced at $150. I learned at an association meeting that many residents do not pay their dues. In

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Edgewater condo owners seek buyer for 188-unit building on Lake Michigan (IL)

Before long, there may be another 188 apartment units available for rent in Edgewater, along Lake Michigan.  Condominium owners in the 12-story building at 5851 N. Sheridan Road have hired CBRE to find a buyer for the entire building. If

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Unit owners would need to approve compensation (IL)

Q. The members of the board of our condominium spend a tremendous amount of their time on association matters. Can the board set a salary to be paid to board members?   Read the Q&A…………….

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Elderly woman injured in Willowbrook explosion caused by gasoline leak (IL)

Investigators said a gasoline leak into the water supply was the cause of a large explosion and fire at a condo building in south suburban Willowbrook.     Read the article……………

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Unit owners can’t use records for solicitations (IL)

Q. I recently read about a change in Section 19 of the Condominium Property Act concerning books and records of an association. I understand owners will no longer have to state a “proper purpose” to examine and inspect certain books

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Triumver 600 Naples Court Condominium Association, others accused of defamation (IL)

Two people are suing Triumver 600 Naples Court Condominium Association, Jason Neuberger, Margaret Hock, Thomas Byrne, Michelle Rose, Tracy Hoban and Juele Blankenburg for alleged breach of duty and defamation.  Matthew Thai and Tuyetha Dinh filed a complaint on Aug.

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Most board decisions should come at meetings

Q. I am a board member for a condominium association. Our property manager repeatedly emails board members for requests to vote on proposals received in between open meetings. These proposals are not for emergency situations. I have expressed my concern

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Prospect Heights homeowners sue to block condo deconversion (IL)

Condominium owners in Prospect Heights are suing to block their homes from being converted into apartments.  Board members of the River Trails Condominium Association want sell the 16-building, 360-unit complex to developers interested in deconverting the condos located south of

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Only an owner can serve on a condominium board

Q. The board of our condominium association was under the mistaken belief that one of the candidates for election to the board was an owner. That person was elected to the board. It now turns out that the spouse of

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Special assessment resolutions must be drafted properly

Q. Our condominium association levied a large special assessment a couple of years ago, payable over multiple years. A purchaser of a recently foreclosed unit is alleging that the outstanding special assessment balance has been extinguished because the original date

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Elgin condo board sues developer, claiming shoddy work, hidden defects (IL)

The association of a prominent redevelopment project in downtown Elgin has sued the original developer, construction firm and bank, arguing that they purposefully hid defects in construction work until the Fountain Square Condominium Association took possession of the property.  The

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Smoke Alarms Not Working In Fatal Condo Fire (IL)

Bloomington-Normal residents were reminded Monday to check their smoke detectors after authorities released the cause of a fatal condo fire in Normal.  Diana McLaren-Osburne, 68, was killed in the fire Aug. 6 at her condo at 1538 Hunt Drive in

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When do budgeted increases require owner vote

Q. I have a question about Section 1-45(c) of the Common Interest Community Association Act. It states: “If an adopted budget or any separate assessment adopted by the board would result in the sum of all regular and separate assessments

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Rock Island condo owners plan to speak up about ongoing sewage backup issues (IL)

About a dozen homeowners from Hodge Park and Park Ridge condominiums plan to attend Monday’s city council meeting, August 14, to talk about ongoing sewage buildup problems.  For some this has been an issue for about 10 years.  Homeowner Katrina

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If contractor isn’t up to snuff, can association break contract without penalty?

Q: I am on the board of a condominium association that has a significant dispute with a contractor who is performing ongoing work on the common elements. The workmanship is poor and, arguably, not in full compliance with the terms

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Airbnb rentals flourish in South Loop, despite city ordinance (IL)

Despite Chicago’s ordinance limiting the use of Airbnb, some South Loop condo owners said their building has been inundated with people using the popular site, particularly over the busy Lollapalooza weekend.  People came from all over the world to Chicago

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Watch programs popular in some neighborhoods (IL)

In the last year, some Springfield residents have turned to restarting Neighborhood Watch programs to improve safety and a sense of community where they live.  The Trevi Gardens Homeowners Association appointed a watch program coordinator early this year, while Iles

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Board can’t overrule condo declaration (IL)

Q. The declaration of condominium for our association prohibits animals except “dogs, cats or other usual household pets (which) may be kept in units, subject to rules and regulations adopted by the board.” Many years ago, the board of our

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In Gold Coast condo war, judge orders resident who sued board to pay $100,000 (IL)

A retired public relations executive who sued his Gold Coast condominium board over a $1,000 fine for alleged obnoxious behavior has been hit with an even stiffer penalty — nearly $100,000 — by the judge handling the case.   In

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Remedy may exist for subdivision residents’ lake troubles (IL)

Residents of a northwest Champaign subdivision who learned too late their two lakes had been sold in a county auction learned Thursday night that there may be a way to get them back.  And not at the six-figure price tag

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Attempt to remove Prospect Heights condo board unsuccessful (IL)

An attempt by condo owners in the Prospect Heights River Trails Condominium Assocation to remove their board of directors failed.  About 150 residents attended a special meeting Wednesday — with most voting in favor of ousting the five-member board over

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Police To Help Patrol MP Condo Complex (IL)

Village trustees recently adopted a 20-year agreement between the village and Colony Country Community Association, located on the north side of town, to authorize the Mount Prospect Police Dept. to conduct traffic enforcement activity on private roads owned and controlled

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Gold Coast condo board approves $500,000 assessment for legal expenses

Half a million dollars for legal expenses will be paid by unit owners at a Gold Coast condominium over the next two years.  State Parkway Condominium Association approved the special assessment on Monday. The amount each owner pays will depend

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Assessment for sidewalk work required owner vote

Q. Our condominium property does not include many sidewalks. The board would like to install additional sidewalks this year; however, this is not a budgeted expenditure. The board levied a special assessment to pay for the additional sidewalks. Was unit

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Assessment for sidewalk work required owner vote

Q. Our condominium property does not include many sidewalks. The board would like to install additional sidewalks this year; however, this is not a budgeted expenditure. The board levied a special assessment to pay for the additional sidewalks. Was unit

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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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