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  • 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 ...

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  • 765 ILCS 1085: What Community Associations need to know about the Illinois Electric Vehicle Charging Act
    Requests to install electric vehicle charging stations have become commonplace in Illinois community associations. By 2040, experts project at least 35% of all new vehicles will be hybrids or fully electric vehicles. The increasing number of requests to install electric vehicle charging stations by those who live in condominiums or homeowners associations has resulted in the Illinois legislature enacting the Electric Vehicle Charging Act, which took effect on January 1, 2024. This article will discuss the new legal requirements under ...
  • Impending Changes to Condo Act Require Action Regarding Parking for Disabled Owners (IL)
    The Illinois General Assembly has passed legislation that will add a new Section 18.12 to the Illinois Condominium Property Act that will require all condominiums with parking to adopt policies regarding accessible parking access for disabled owners. The legislation will take effect ninety (90) days after Governor Pritzker signs it, which is expected soon.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Managing Disruptive Residents in Your Condominium Association
    Living in a co-op, condo, or HOA often involves dealing with disruptive residents who create problems ranging from noise disturbances to more serious conflicts. Industry professionals note two main types of troublemakers: those who inadvertently break rules and those who deliberately disregard them, with the latter often proving more challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated tensions, as more people stayed home, leading to increased complaints and stress for board members and management.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Role and Responsibilities of an Association Board Member
    Being a board member in an association is a position of significant responsibility and influence. It involves overseeing the management and maintenance of the property, ensuring the well-being and satisfaction of the residents, and adhering to legal and financial obligations. This role is integral to the smooth operation of the community, requiring a blend of leadership, dedication, and transparency.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Moving into a condo? Make sure you know what you’re getting into (IL)
    Kate Liebelt moved into her condo at Park Millennium — a posh, towering 480-unit building in the Loop — in 2020 and was looking forward to enjoying the property’s pool, location and vibrant community.  But Liebelt and other residents said problems have started to surface — from broken elevators without a clear maintenance timeline to changes in assessment fees. And owners of larger, more expensive three-bedroom units have more voting power, according to the building’s bylaws.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Illinois Legislature Approves New Accessible Parking Requirements: What Do Illinois Community Associations Need to Know?
    On May 24, 2024, the Illinois legislature approved legislation to amend the Illinois Condominium Property Act (“ICPA”) to impose certain new requirements related to parking for “a unit owner who is a person with a disability who requires accessible parking.” If the proposed legislation is signed by Governor Pritzker or not vetoed by Governor Pritzker by July 23, 2024, the legislation will become law and be effective as of January 1, 2025.    Read the article…………………………….
  • 4 Step Process to Enforcing Condominium Bylaws
    Enforcing condominium bylaws is essential for maintaining the harmony and integrity of a community. At Hirzel Law, we understand the complexities involved in this process and offer a straightforward four-step approach to ensure compliance and resolve conflicts effectively. Here’s a detailed guide on how to enforce condominium bylaws, incorporating our expert process:   Read the article…………………………….

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Illinois Laws


Illinois Condominium & Common Interest Community Ombudsperson


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

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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