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I am on the board of an association in the south suburbs of Chicago. Recently, it was discovered that some kind of rodent chewed through the air conditioner wiring inside the wall of one of the units. The homeowner, of course, feels that chewed wiring is not her responsibility and this should be the responsibility of the association because she got a quote and the AC company wants $350 to fix it, but most of the board feels differently. Our buildings are of the townhouse variety and each unit is responsible for their own unit. The air conditioners were not included in the base price of the unit, and were installed during construction as an extra cost option. How does that work when it comes to wiring inside an outside wall that is damaged? Our governing documents only say that the AC is unit owner responsibility. Thanks, Howard
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My 220 unit condo association has a number of washer hose floods causing thousands of dollars in damages. The board wants to implement an efficient, economical program to install new hoses in each unit. They've heard conflicting opinions on how to accomplish this and what brand of replacement hoses to use. We'd appreciate your input.
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Do special assessments have to be for a specific common area maintenance project? Our board charged home owners with a $1900 special assessment because 50% of the units were not paying their monthly dues. I have refused to pay this assessment and now I am being sent collection letters stating that they will place a lien on my property. I have requested to see the minutes time and time again to determine the purpose of the assessment but have been ignored. What are my rights?
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I need advice as to how to resolve an ongoing issue. I own a condo and am part of an association. According to our bylaws, the basement and landscape/exterior is a part of our "common area". The crawl space directly below my unit has a moisture problem. It NEVER dries out. It is causing a mildew smell in my bedrooms. I, personally, installed a dehumidifier but it has done no good. The smell is still there. I've contacted my board numerous times over the past SIX years! Nothing has been done. They did have two guys come out last fall. They dug up the yard but I'm not sure what else they did. I asked upon their arrival and was shunned like a six-year old. I've asked since and no one will answer me. It is clearly a landscape issue. That and our "handy man" has installed sprinklers that shoot straight into both crawl space vents. I am beyond frustrated and have no idea where to turn to get help in lighting their fire to fix this ongoing issue. The latest word was they were going to hire a plumber to check for leaks. Please, someone, give me a lead as to where to go next.
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