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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • How should association handle money owed to former owners? (IL) June 19, 2024
    Q. As manager for a condominium association, the board asked me to clean up some of the association’s financial records. There are many former unit owner accounts with small credits, going back as far as about 2010. These credits range from pennies to hundreds of dollars. Many of these former owners have been sent refund checks that were never cashed. At what point in time can we write these off?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Chicago area residents’ homes still uninhabitable months after water main break (IL) June 18, 2024
    A suburban homeowner stepped out of bed into a giant puddle after a city water main broke nearly five months ago.  But as CBS 2 found, her bad luck hasn’t ended.  “I don’t even have a bed to sleep in,” said Rochelle Jones. “I don’t have no clothes to wear.”  The sign that’s kept Jones out of her Country Club Homes townhome went up in January. A busted water main destroyed multiple units in the 4100 block of 192nd Place ...
  • After failed condo buyouts, Strategic Properties hit with over $303K in liens (IL) June 13, 2024
    A year after Strategic Properties of North America’s bulk buyout of Chicago’s 467-unit Ontario Place condo highrise fell apart, the firm is still coming up short at the property.  The condo association board at the 51-story building at 10 East Ontario Street in the River North neighborhood filed over $303,000 in liens against 37 units owned by Strategic Properties affiliates for failing to pay their monthly dues to the association,   Read the article…………………………….
  • Deadly Influence: The Social Media Murders – Why did Sania Khan’s family sue the Streeterville condominium complex? June 12, 2024
    Sania Khan’s family filed a lawsuit against the Grand Ohio condominium complex over management and security issues. Per CBS News, Raheel Ahmad had been caught on camera being allowed to enter the complex without identification or checks despite being banned from the premises after a violent incident in December 2021. The family has sued the complex they lived in due to negligence.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Condos Better Known as the Bob Newhart Building (IL) June 12, 2024
    The 16-story building at 5901 N. Sheridan Road in Edgewater is officially known as Thorndale Beach Condominiums. But it’s known around the neighborhood, and to many of its occupants, as the Bob Newhart Building. In the opening credits of The Bob Newhart Show, mild-mannered, stammering psychologist Robert Hartley ends his journey by foot and by L through Chicago by standing outside the building, staring up at the condo he shares with his wife, Emily.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Peoria’s HOA Academy is coming up (IL) June 10, 2024
    The city of Peoria’s HOA Academy is Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.  The program educates HOA board members, management teams and interested homeowners about maintaining homeowners associations.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Two Years After Massive Blaze, Grand Bear Owners Still Rebuilding (IL) May 30, 2024
    It was two years ago Thursday that 28 residential units at Grand Bear Lodge were burned to the ground.  Just before 5:30 on that Memorial Day, a small fire started on a front porch. Before it was over, more than 200 firefighters from more than 60 departments would fight what grew into a massive fire. Mother Nature didn’t help things that day. Strong winds fed the fire, as seven buildings with 28 units eventually came down. Seven vehicles were also ...
  • How a board can change bylaws to update carpet requirement (IL) May 24, 2024
    Q. I am wondering what would need to be done to change the bylaws of a condominium association. The association’s bylaws were written back in 1980. At that time carpeting was required in most areas of each unit.  Over the past few years, many owners have replaced carpet with some kind of laminate type flooring.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Homeowners in an H.O.A. could soon have control of landscaping (IL) May 23, 2024
    Karen Conti, Chicago trial attorney, joins Bob Sirott to talk about a bill that could give homeowners more control over their property  Listen to the podcast…………………………..
  • Condo complex fire in Rockford causes over $200K in damages (IL) May 21, 2024
    A little before 3 p.m. Monday, The Rockford Fire Department responded to the 4400 block of Pepper Drive for a fire at a condo complex.  When first responders arrived, they found heavy fire in a garage and 2 condo units in the complex.  A second alarm was called for an additional engine and ambulance and crews were able to have the fire under control within two hours.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Is condo rule about renting to ‘nonfamily’ common? (IL) May 15, 2024
    Q. My condominium association has a lease restriction in the bylaws.  It states that unit owners can only rent their unit out to a “nonfamily member” once during the course of their ownership of the unit. It further states that an owner can rent their unit out to “family members” (related by blood or marriage) as often as they want.  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • How six local homeowners associations humanely kept 300 goose eggs from hatching (IL) April 23, 2024
    Last year, over 300 eggs were prevented from hatching in just six local homeowners associations. Robeson Meadows, Westlake, Timberline Valley North and South, Trails of Brittany and Ponds on Windsor all participated in a training workshop given by Friends of Geese (friendsofgeese.com).  Residents of the HOAs were taught the egg depredation process    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Quasi-Dormant’ Darien Homeowners Association Resurrected (IL) April 22, 2024
    Dorothy Sipp and her husband, John, have lived in Darien’s Hinsbrook subdivision for nearly four decades.  “There always have been rumblings that there is this homeowners association,” Dorothy Sipp said, but the couple never came into contact with it.  Until last week.  In the mail, they received a letter from the association’s president, Bill Christenson. He identified his role, and then said, “Yes, there is a Hinsbrook Homeowners Association.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Quasi-Dormant’ Darien Homeowners Association Resurrected (IL) April 12, 2024
    Dorothy Sipp and her husband, John, have lived in Darien’s Hinsbrook subdivision for nearly four decades.  “There always have been rumblings that there is this homeowners association,” Dorothy Sipp said, but the couple never came into contact with it.  Until last week.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo board considers installing EV chargers for unit owners (IL) April 11, 2024
    Q: I am on the board of directors of a homeowners association (HOA) in Evanston, Illinois. The board is gathering information about installing electrical vehicle (EV) chargers on our HOA property.  The board is particularly interested in the concept that was described in your article from last year. You said there is an option for an outside company to install and maintain the EV charger. Then, they share revenue with the HOA.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condominium balcony can’t be extended (IL) April 5, 2024
    Q. Our townhouse style condominium unit includes a rear balcony that is a limited common element of the unit. I want to extend my balcony about a foot. Is this permitted?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Former Homer Glen District 33C Board member charged with stealing money from HOA (IL) April 2, 2024
    The former treasurer of a Homer Glen homeowners association, also a former Home Glen District 33C Board member, was charged last month for allegedly writing checks to herself, according to court records.  Jennifer Rudolph, 43, of the 15400 block of Sharon Drive, was charged March 18 with continuing a financial crime enterprise, two counts of theft between $10,000 and $100,000 and one count of theft between $500 to $10,000, according to the Will County circuit court.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Update to the Illinois Corporate Transparency Act: Do Condos and HOAs Have to Comply? March 7, 2024
    On March 1, 2024, U.S. District Judge Liles C. Burke ruled that the CTA is unconstitutional. Judge Burke also gave the U.S. Treasury Department thirty (30) days to appeal this decision. This new ruling could ultimately mean that condominium and homeowner associations do not need to comply with the new reporting requirements of the CTA.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Going green in multi-family buildings (IL) February 23, 2024
    In Forest Park, a condominium development is proving that it’s possible to live green in a multi-family building.  The board and residents are working together to back new sustainability measures that they think can be applied to other buildings in the area.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Board members should show their faces — live (IL) February 23, 2024
    Q. The board of our association conducts board meetings via video conferencing. One of the board members turns off his camera, or posts a profile picture instead of the live video. This board member does not contribute much to the discussion during the meeting, but does vote.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Associations should be careful when moving funds (IL) February 16, 2024
    Q. Our townhouse association is a common interest community association governed by the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act. Can funds be moved back and forth between operational and reserve accounts? For example, if money is moved to the reserve account because that account is paying the best interest, can funds be moved back to operational if unexpected expenses come up that are not designated capital improvement projects?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo rules need to be specific to be enforced (IL) February 10, 2024
    Q. The board of our condominium association is reviewing our rules for possible update. One of the rules provides that the underlayment for hard floor surfaces in the individual units, like wood or ceramics, must meet standards established by the board. No one on the board can locate any sort of standards that have actually been established. Should those standards be in the rules?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Fire Causes Damage To Units At Arlington Heights Condo Complex: FD (IL) December 27, 2023
    Between 4-6 condominiums at the Mallard Cove complex sustained damage when a fire broke out in a fourth-floor unit on Saturday.   Read the article………………………………
  • Fire at northwest suburban Chicago condo leaves several families displaced (IL) December 24, 2023
    Several families are displaced after a fire damaged a condo building in Arlington Heights overnight.  Cell phone video from a neighbor captured heavy flames coming from the fourth floor of the complex.   Read the article……………………………
  • Requiring outdoor garage lights within scope of board (IL) December 19, 2023
    Q. Can the board of directors of a homeowners’ association adopt a rule that requires, for security and safety reasons, that owners leave their outdoor garage lights on from dusk to dawn?  Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Kravit Law joins KSN, Expanding Community Association Legal Services throughout Florida December 19, 2023
    KSN Managing Partner Ryan Shpritz: “This merger allows KSN to expand our community association legal services throughout Florida, supporting the Kravit Law team in providing exceptional legal services to board members, property managers, landlords, and real estate property owners.   Read the press release………………………………..
  • High-rise residents still out one year after fire (IL) December 19, 2023
    For 55 years, Mildred Richardson has called a high-rise near Lake Michigan home. But the senior citizen has been without access to her apartment for nearly a year and there’s no end in sight.   Read the article……………………….
  • Can association prevent re-enactment of a Chevy Chase movie scene? (IL) December 19, 2023
    Q. We are an association of high-end single-family detached homes in the Northwest suburbs. The covenants in the association’s declaration are crystal clear that no campers may be parked in a driveway.  Read the Q&A………………………….
  • Crestwood senior condo residents say some mess has been cleaned up, other issues have emerged (IL) December 16, 2023
    Residents say the owner of Crestpoint Condominium complex in Crestwood started making some improvements after the I-Team story first aired a story in October about an unfinished road and an ongoing, messy construction site. However, they say the changes are not enough and a new problem has emerged.    Read the article………………………………
  • Man hospitalized following fire at Lake View East condo building: CFD (IL) December 9, 2023
    One man was hospitalized after a unit in a Lake View East condo building caught fire Friday morning, according to CFD.  Firefighters responded to a still and box alarm fire at 3033 North Sheridan Road around 9:30 a.m.    Read the article………………………
  • Loop condo board election devolves to mudslinging amid Strategic’s stalled buyout (IL) December 7, 2023
    Battle tactics such as name-calling typically reserved to election campaigns for public office has seeped into a Chicago condo board contest, as homeowners grapple with a contentious bulk sale of their building to the city’s biggest deconversion player.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Two board factions causing chaos for management company (IL) November 24, 2023
    Q. The board of directors of our association is comprised of two factions. Each faction has a different agenda for the association. As a result, the association’s management company is caught in the middle, and the manager often receives conflicting directions depending on what board member is communicating with management. This leads to frustration by management and miscommunication. What can be done to address this problem?   Read the Q&A……………………………………
  • Hancock HOA fields complaints about reserve fund, late fees (IL) November 7, 2023
    An accountant studying the finances of the condominium association at The John Hancock Center is accusing the association, its property management company, accounting firm, and a reserve fund consultant of “potential criminal activities” involving its reserve study and other financial documents.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Board members must be listed on the deed to serve (IL) October 27, 2023
    Q. There is a board member who is not on the deed of any unit in our condominium association. Her husband is the sole owner on the deed to the unit. Can this nontitle-holding spouse of the unit owner be on the condominium board?   Read the Q&A………………………….
  • Sinkhole damages vehicles after water main break at Elk Grove Village condo building (IL) October 17, 2023
    Several vehicles were damaged after a water main break in the parking lot of an Elk Grove Village condo building Tuesday.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Settlement in lawsuit against River North landlord accused of retaliation against journalist (IL) October 14, 2023
    Months after a state appeals court said an agreement enforced by a Marina City landlord was unenforceable because it had been signed under duress, that landlord has agreed to settle claims brought by a journalist that he had been illegally kicked out of his condominium unit because he published articles critical of the business activities of the husband of the president of his building’s homeowner association.   Read the article………………………………
  • Crestwood senior citizen condo residents say dust, debris, dirt piles are daily hazards (IL) October 13, 2023
    The Crestpoint Condominium complex in Crestwood was completed in 2008 but left behind is a lot of construction debris that have sat for more than 15 years.  Dozens of seniors who live in the complex say it has been a nuisance.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Adviser: Condo boards usually have authority over the repair, replacement of windows (IL) September 10, 2023
    Q. I am a unit owner in a condominium association and our board of directors is requiring the unit owners to replace all originally installed windows in their units because the board believes they are in need of replacement. I had my windows inspected and was told only five out of nineteen windows need to be replaced. Can the board legally require unit owners to replace windows in their units?   Read the Q&A………………………………….
  • No exemption to condominium law for small associations (IL) September 9, 2023
    Q: We are a small, self-managed condominium association. Complying with the provisions of the Illinois Condominium Property Act is extremely burdensome for us. Does the Illinois Condominium Property Act apply to all condominium associations, or is there some minimum number of units that is required to make the condominium association subject to that law?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Real Estate Matters: What happens when an association hasn’t enforced a rule for years? September 7, 2023
    Q: What does the law say about an association rule that has not been enforced for years? What are the procedures the association board must take to enforce the rule? Can a management company fine a homeowner $100 per day, or does it have to be a law firm that steps in to assess the fine?   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Who must pay for damage by rogue raccoon? (IL) September 1, 2023
    Q: A raccoon entered a unit in our association through damaged common element siding. The association is responsible for the maintenance of the siding. The owner claims the raccoon damaged the inside of the unit. That owner is now demanding the association reimburse her for the damage caused by the raccoon. Is the association responsible for this owner’s unit damages?   Read the Q&A………………………….
  • Burr Ridge Limits Neighborhood’s Traffic (IL) August 30, 2023
    The Burr Ridge Village Board decided this week to restrict traffic going into the Chasemoor subdivision, where an estimated 500 people live.  The action came as residents in the neighborhood were divided over what to do. The homeowners association itself supported the changes.    Read the article………………………..
  • Unit owners must keep condo association active (IL) August 25, 2023
    Q: Our (self-managed Illinois) condominium association is comprised of eight units. Our declaration requires three to be board members. What would happen if we were unable to fill one of the board positions? In the most extreme case, what would happen if none of the eight owners were willing to fill a role and we had no board members?   Read the article………………………..
  • La Grange Private Roads May Get Police Enforcement (IL) August 25, 2023
    A La Grange subdivision’s homeowners association is seeking police enforcement of parking and traffic laws on its private streets.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mail thief caught on camera using postal master key in Chicago condo building (IL) August 20, 2023
    A mail thief was caught on surveillance camera using a postal master key to steal from people living at a condo building in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.   Read the article………………………..
  • IL: Woman, 81, dies after condo fire breaks out in Winfield August 18, 2023
    One resident, an 81-year-old woman, was transported to Central DuPage Hospital where she died from her injuries, according to officials. She has not yet been identified as an autopsy is scheduled to take place on Saturday.   Read the article………………………..
  • South Shore Condo Owners Allege Hostile Takeover of Building (IL August 16, 2023
    It was 2014 and, like other condos throughout the country, the Silver Coast Citadel had been hurting for money. The 1920s yellow-brick courtyard building, which winds around the top of the 7200 block of South Yates Boulevard like a snake, had been developed into a condo in 2001. A beautiful, old building in a prime location near the lake, the Metra Electric, and a public library, its larger units sold for more than $100,000.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Adviser: State statute requires fines imposed by condo boards to be reasonable (IL) August 13, 2023
    Q. I am a unit owner in a condominium association and understand that the board of directors has the authority to levy fines pursuant to our governing documents and the Condominium Act. What is the law on the fine amount that may be assessed by a condominium board and is there an appeals process for a fine levied by the board?   Read the article………………………..
  • Darien Neighbors Battle To Control Association (IL) August 3, 2023
    Neighbors in the Darien Club subdivision are clashing over who is in charge of their homeowners association. Litigation is underway.  Read the article………………………..
  • South Shore Condo Owners Allege Hostile Takeover of Building (IL) July 25, 2023
    When an investment company first bought into her South Shore condo building, Monique Foster felt a wash of relief.  It was 2014 and, like other condos throughout the country, the Silver Coast Citadel had been hurting for money.   Read the article………………………..
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