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Illinois Condo & HOA News

  • 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……………………………..

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Illinois Condo & HOA Articles

  • Discrimination in HOAs: A Claim That Must Be Taken Seriously
    Attorneys have seen an uptick in cases of alleged discrimiation in HOAs and condo associations. Complaints can become costly and stressful for an association.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Understanding Your Condo Association’s Declaration: A Guide for Homeowners
    Living in a condominium community comes with numerous benefits, including shared amenities, maintenance services, and a sense of community. However, it also entails certain responsibilities and obligations outlined in the condo association’s declaration. This document serves as the foundation for governance within the community, establishing rules, regulations, and guidelines that all residents must adhere to. In this article, we’ll break down the key components of a condo association’s declaration to help homeowners better understand their rights and responsibilities.      Read ...
  • 2024 Property Taxes: Impact on Chicagoland Community Associations (IL)
    Cook County properties are reassessed on a triennial schedule. Every three years, the new valuations – along with appeals, exemptions, local tax levies, and assessments of nearby properties – determine the amount of future property tax bills.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Court Rules that Restrictive Covenant Banning Sex Offenders is Enforceable
    Can your HOA’s restrictive covenants or condominium documents ban sex offenders? The ability to ban sex offenders from homeowners associations has become a controversial issue in recent years. Until recently, many attorneys across the country believed that some type of ban on sex offenders was permissible. This was largely based on a New Jersy case, Mulligan v. Panther Valley Property Owners Association, 766 A2d 1186 (2001), in which the Court upheld a community association’s sex offender restriction that banned Tier ...
  • Corporate Transparency Act Reporting Requirements: What Do Illinois Community Associations Need to Know?
    In 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) in an effort to protect the U.S. financial system from illicit use. Generally speaking, the CTA requires business entities operating in the U.S. to report certain information regarding their beneficial owner(s).  Read the article…………………………….
  • Major Ruling: Illinois Supreme Court Provides Clarity and Changes Precedent on CGL Coverage for Defective Work
    The Illinois Supreme Court recently upended decades of Illinois caselaw regarding coverage under commercial general liability (CGL) policies, aligning Illinois with most states on the issue. On November 30, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously held in Acuity v. M/I Homes of Chicago, LLC that the “your work” exception under CGL policies did not prevent a contractor’s coverage for unexpected and unintended property damage caused by the insured’s faulty workmanship    Read the article………………………………
  • Illinois court asked: Are defects covered by general liability insurance?
    The ruling, passed down from the state’s supreme court, could affect which issues contractors choose to litigate with insurers across the country.   Read the article…………………..

Illinois Article Archives

 

Illinois Laws

 

Illinois Condominium & Common Interest Community Ombudsperson

Website

Condominium Unit Owners Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

Rights and Responsibilities of Association Board Members

Assistance Animal Integrity Act

 

Illinois Condo & HOA Resources

Community Associations Institute – Illinois Chapter

Fox Valley Homeowners Confederation: www.fvhc.org 

Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC):www.napervillehomeowners.org

ASCO (Association of Sheridan Condo/Coop Owners, Chicago): http://www.ASCOsheridanroad.org

The Law Offices of Kovitz, Shifrin, Nesbit has published a number of booklets:

Condo & Homeowner Association Board Member Handbook

This excellent resource for Board members discusses many of the issues facing Association Boards, including developer control and turnover, adopting rules and regulations, keeping minutes, and committees.

A Summary of Illinois Association Laws

 and also have published a large number of articles, booklets, laws and ordinances

Dickler, Kahn, Slowikowski & Zavell, Ltd. have a number of articles and a newsletter

What are the Top Industry Organizations Dedicated to Condo/Townhome/HOA
Community Association Living?

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