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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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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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