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  • Condo owners must state a purpose to examine association financial records Sep 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I live in a condominium located in the city of Chicago. Last week, I made a request to examine certain financial books and records of the association. The board denied my request stating that I failed to state a “proper purpose” for wanting to examine the documents. That’s no one’s business, is it?

     
  • Condo board should act on abandoned unit Sep 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. One of our owners abandoned his unit three years ago. The board felt it would just be a matter of time before the owner’s mortgage company would foreclose, but so far nothing has happened, and the real estate taxes are being paid by the mortgage company. The association is losing assessments and the property is slowly becoming an eyesore in our community.

     
  • Board within its rights to charge for copies of minutes Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. After years of providing our condominium homeowners with copies of approved meeting minutes, owners are now being advised that we must make an appointment and drive 20 miles to the property management office, pay an hourly sum to sit and watch someone make copies of the minutes, and pay ten cents a copy.

     
  • Emailed notice of meetings allowed by state Aug 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I understand that there is legislation pending in Illinois that would permit condominium associations to issue notice to owners electronically, rather than through the mail. Is that correct?

     
  • Policy should govern the bidding process Aug 23, 2014 5:14 AM
    Q. Is it necessary for a board to obtain multiple bids for every project?

     
  • Association board is legally obligated to enforce rules Aug 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our single family homeowners association receives complaints from homeowners about rules violations by their neighbors. Is the board required to act on these complaints and is the board required to reveal the name of the complainant to the violator?

     
  • Only the board has authority to hire, or fire, a manager Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I live in a condominium association. We have had the same management firm and manager for the last nine years. Most of the residents are not happy with this arrangement, but the board of managers refuses to consider a change.

     
  • Balcony cannot be extended without owners’ permission Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    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?

     
  • Townhouse and condominium associations are governed by different laws Jul 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I currently live in a townhouse association. My question is this: Are there different rules governing a condominium association, and a townhouse association? And if so what is the name of the Illinois statutes for both?

     
  • Maintain safeguards with association accounts Jul 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. The treasurer of our self-managed association pays all association bills and performs the reconciliation of the association’s checking account. Is this a good idea?

     
  • President should run board meetings Jul 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our condominium association recently hired a new property manager. The property manager, rather than the board president, runs the board meetings. As an owner, this is a concern. Am I overly concerned?

     
  • How to combine two condominiums Jun 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am considering buying the condominium next door and combining the two into a single unit. I want the two condominiums recognized as a single unit under the law. I also would like to enclose the small vestibule leading to these units to create a single, dramatic entrance. What is the legal process to accomplish this?

     
  • Senior communities can legally prohibit children Jun 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My husband and I live in an over-55 community. We would like our infant grandson to live with us until he is school age. However, the association’s governing documents prohibit “all persons under 21 from being a resident.” Do you think we should be able to get a hardship waiver of this regulation?

     
  • Tax purchaser subject to association’s bylaws Jun 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. A unit in our condominium association was sold at a tax sale. The unit owner never redeemed the taxes and the tax purchaser received a tax deed. The tax purchaser says that he is not subject to the association’s declaration of condominium. Is that correct?

     
  • A board may not prohibit the display of the American flag May 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am a veteran who, from time to time, displays a small American flag on a short pole in the ground of the limited common element patio area outside of my townhouse-style unit. The board of the association recently asked me to remove the flag stating that it violates the covenants for our property.

     
  • Workshops not open to owners are no longer permitted May 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Can the board assemble outside the presence of unit owners to discuss association matters, where no vote will be taken?

     
  • Court ruling guides most homeowner associations May 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. What impact, if any, does the ruling in Palm v 2800 N. Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association have on homeowner associations not expressly governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act? We are not a condominium, but a common interest community association comprised of single-family homes.

     
  • Boards should be careful with contracts that include automatic renewals May 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our association entered into a three-year elevator maintenance contract. The contract automatically renews for additional three-year terms, unless notice of nonrenewal is given to the elevator company. Is the automatic renewal provision enforceable?

     
  • Board members are not permitted to cast votes by email May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. The members of our condominium associationboard routinely communicate with one another and make decisions by email. Is this permitted?

     
  • Condo owners not allowed to build on common areas Apr 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our condominiums include rear patios. Several owners have taken the liberty to increase the size of their patio several feet into the general common element open space. Is this permitted?

     
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