Decided by the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court on February 3, 2015, Strobe v. 842-848 West Bradley Place Condominium Association confirms the long-held position of KSN that the board of managers of a condominium does not have the authority to adopt rules that restrict leasing of units when the association’s declaration of condominium […]
Community associations need a minimum number of voters to elect board members, or the election cannot take place. Assembling that number, known as a quorum, is a daunting challenge for many associations. The reasons owners don’t vote are varied. Some bear grudges against the board or association. Others like everything the way it is and […]
The winter has been harsh and long, but relief is on the way. Landscapers are cleaning up the grounds, and outdoor swimming pools will open in a few weeks. Perhaps it is time to plan a community association party. Some associations host a regular schedule of holiday festivities, barbecues and other gatherings. Some never do. […]
In the not-too-distant future, community associations could launch camera-equipped, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for many routine tasks. They will be able to examine buildings for leaks and damage, check on the performances of contractors and find illegal barbecue grills on upper balconies. Read more………
The pavement you walk and drive upon daily is easy to take for granted—but it’s a major part of your condo or HOA’s infrastructure. Understanding the materials and methods involved in installing and maintaining a multifamily community’s paved surfaces can save everyone a lot of hassle, time and money. Read more……….
There are potential dangers all around a condo or co-op that no resident wants to consider a realistic concern: a chunk of hanging concrete above a balcony can be life-threatening; a section of delaminated masonry, wood shingles or siding, can rot, crack or create serious issues; and water intrusion problems can cause or worsen structural […]
Windows can dramatically change any space, from transforming a tiny kitchen into a front row seat to a glorious skyline to morphing a standard upstairs bedroom into a perfect perch for an ocean view. Windows bring vast life and light to an condo unit or home, meaning a great deal of time, effort, and creativity […]
Metal work, however—ornamental and otherwise—still had (and has) a place in the city’s architecture. Whether via subtle touches (i.e., rails, cornices, gutters and busts, or outwardly exposed steel and aluminum structural work), those with a keen eye can spot metallic touches, both new and old, that reflect both the city’s past and future. Read […]