Illinois townhome association not paying for structural damage

Posted on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 04:49 AM

Tags: Property Damage & Repairs, Illinois

I live in a four-unit town house. The two end units are ranch units and the two middle units are raised ranch units over the end units. The two middle units are experiencing severe cracks in the walls. The townhome association says that if the cracks are the result of the building moving, they are not responsible. Is this accurate? I can understand the association not being responsible for repair of the cracks but who is responsible to repair the structural problem?

Father-in-law stuck with condo fees from kids broken marriage

Posted on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Tags: Illinois, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

My son and his wife lived in a condo that I own. Last year, they had marital issues and he moved out. She stayed, refused to pay me anything, did not pay the association fees and trashed the place. I had no choice but to pay my mortgage payment, but I did not pay the association fees. So, they ended up evicting her. Now, they are asking me for eleven thousand dollars in association fees, attorney fees, and citations for her trashing the place and not completing various forms that they asked for. On top of the fact that I have received no rent for a year and paid the mortgage out of my pocket, they are asking for this outrageous amount of money. They are claiming that they paid about five thousand dollars in attorney fees, and the missed association fees are about thirty five hundred. Why should I pay all that money. Please help me. What can I do without spending more money for attorney fees.

How much notice is required in Illinois for condo board meeting?

Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 06:13 AM

Tags: Condo Association & HOA Meetings, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Illinois

In Illinois is the required notice for regular board meetings 10 days or 48 hours?  I keep seeing different references in different documents.

Illinois Condo Association requiring condo owners to use union contractors for all work

Posted on Sun, Mar 1, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Property Damage & Repairs, Board of Directors, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Illinois

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I recently moved into an Illinois Condo Association with over 200 condo units.

Last week, we received a summary of the rules and regulations for construction or remodeling activity within our individual condo units. One of the requirements states that any work must be performed by union contractors.

Is it legal to have this requirement?

Illinois Condo Association owner abandons unit and leaves behind unpaid dues

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

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A condo unit owner in my Illinois Condo Association recently disappeared.  It was later found out that he had purchased another house, and did not notify the Association of his move.

A court record revealed that his unit had foreclosed, though he stayed long after and continued to pay dues. He has also left the property in dismay, as well as left behind an inoperable and unregistered vehicle in the garage.

Can the Condo Association legally turn off water to his unit, have his car towed, and make adjustments to the unit to appear that it is not vacant?

Does the bank owe the Condo Association for unpaid fees? If not the bank, then who?

Illinois Condo Association Board has too many special assessments

Posted on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Board of Directors, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois

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Assessments in my Illinois Condo Association have recently skyrocketed. When I inquired regarding a recent 10% amenities assessment, I was informed that this was to cover heating, insurance, roofing, and other basics.

Thus, the Board has somehow broadened the definition of an ‘amenities’ assessment to cover basic services that should be covered in our regular assessment fees.

As condo owners, what is our recourse?

Chicago Condo Association has difficulties with property management

Posted on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Property Management, Condo Association Management, Board of Directors, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

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I live in a 126-unit Condo Association in Chicago. Recently, a Chicago Property Management Company was able to get the Association to pass a $2M special assessment for new balconies (glass, in a vintage building!). A petition to stop was defeated by 9 votes.

The Board has now given the property management company a five-year contract, naming them as the agent and site manager.   This equates to more fees, and they now do not require Board approval for access to our operating account. Further, we’ve recently discovered that this same management company was able to gain special assessment approval for a balcony in another Chicago Condo Association that they manage.

This Condo Association has low reserves and has not been audited in over five years. How do we get this property company out of here?  Remove our Board of Directors? Our Association cannot afford an attorney for this matter.

What is the rule for posting special Condo Association BOD meetings?

Posted on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois

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I have an additional question regarding the 48-hour rule for posting of regular Board of Directors meetings in an Illinois Condo Association.

Does this rule also apply for special Condo Association Board meetings? Thanks.

Is there a required notifice for Condo Association Board meetings?

Posted on Sun, Jan 4, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo Association Management, Board of Directors, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois

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In an Illinois Condo Association, what is the required notice for regular Board of Directors meetings? 10 days? 48 hours?

I have spent some time searching this, but have conflicting information from different documents. Thank you!

Are Condo Association Office Managers required to be licensed?

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Property Management, Condo Association Management, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Illinois

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I live in a 227 unit Illinois Condo Association, and we are currently looking for an office manager. I’m not referring to a property management company, simply an individual that would be in charge of bookkeeping and collecting fees for the association. It would be a role more similar to an office manager at a larger company.

I’d done this type of work for about twenty years. We used accounting software and contracted out our auditing services. The person we are considering has the experience of managing an office of a huge complex. Is it required that they are licensed in property management, or in the process of becoming licensed?