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How does each state regulate property managers differently?

Posted on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

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I'm interested in finding how each state regulates the HOA /condo association property managers?

How to transition from a foreclosed condo owner to a new owner

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Tags: Buying, Assessments, Bankruptcy, Condo Assessments. condo association management, Budgets, Board of Directors, Condo Assessments, condo law, condo, Foreclosure, Illinois, condo rules, Delinquencies

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A condo owner was foreclosed on the 15th of the month. They had paid that month's assessment fee and were in good standing. The new owner who bought the condo unit at auction does not take possession of the unit until 30 days after a deed is issued, which is a week after the sale.

Should the original owner receive a refund of half a month? If so who should pay the second half of the current month assessment and going forward until the new owner takes possession? The condo association is in Du Page County, Illinois.

Does Illinois Condo Act allow board to deny financials to HOA owners

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:52 AM

Tags: Boards, condo law, Illinois, HOA property manager

I recently requested from our property manager information pertaining to the miscellaneous expenses reported to the last homeowners meeting. I was told by our property manager at the meeting that the information would be provided to me when I contact him. After several futile attempts to obtain this information, I learned that the board of directors denied my request in accordance to the Illinois Condominium Act. I find this rather disturbing that the board of directors can deny any request, if they deem so. Isn't it a legal obligation for the property manager/board of directors to provide specific requested information pertaining to the financial report that homeowners receive each month. These financial monthly reports provide only the expense amounts per category. No explanation or details are provided on these reports. Is the property manager/ board of directors in direct violation to the Illinois Condominium Act by not responding to me in a timely matter, or not responding at all.

Can condo association go against bylaws to change annual meeting?

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 08:05 AM

Tags: Meetings, Bylaw, Elections, Illinois

We are a self managed condo association. The president is drumming up support to have the annual meeting in October instead of September. The bylaws are specific in stating that it is to be held the second Tuesday of September. The president states that common law supports being able to change the date this year. Can we and is it wise to not follow the bylaws?

Is condo association or owner responsible for water damage to unit?

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 07:59 AM

Tags: Insurance, Coverage, Condo Management, Illinois

I own a condo in a building in Chicago and we had a big rain storm and the building's storm drain was inadequate to handle the amount of water coming from the roof and the water has backed up into my second floor (none on the first floor) condo and my hardwood floors were destroyed. This is the second time this is happening within 3 years. First time the damage was $400 and I did not make much fuss nor did I make a claim with my insurance. I replaced cheap destroyed carpet with hardwood floor out of pocket. I did let the building know that is happened and that there is a problem with my unit being connected to the storm drain. However this time the damage is much bigger (estimates range from $4500 – $5500) and I am not paying myself this time. The Condo management company is being very hard to deal with and claim that this is typically unit owners responsibility. Who is responsible for the damage? My flood ins policy covers $2000 damage and have a deductible of $500. Do I have to pay $500 deductible + over $2500 that insurance won’t cover) or should this be paid by the association? Their master insurance covers common areas, and the exterior of my unit including drywall but not the flooring. However in the light that this is clearly not my fault, and that they had known about this problem 3 years ago and had not done anything to resolve it I believe the condo assoc should pay from their reserves fund. There is not point in me paying to fix this if I am going to get flooded next time major rain comes. Please advise

How does our Illinois condo association enforce its bylaws?

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2011 @ 09:48 AM

Tags: Bylaw, Illinois

How exactly are bylaw violations enforced? We live in small condo association, 10 single family units in Illinois. We have one owner who added a garden in the common area when he built his home. The builder ran the association at that time & gave permission for him to do so. Now, three years later, he has enlarged and surrounded the entire garden with wood, making it a raised bed. He did not ask for approval from the board, as dictated by our by-laws. In addition, it does not fit into the overall appearance of our association and no one likes it. Can someone outline the steps we must take? Do we have to take him to small claims court to enforce removal after we have sent letters or do we have to hire an attorney? He is a retired attorney who is a bully & thinks he can do whatever he pleases. Help! Thanks!

Why does our condo resort have different assessment rates?

Posted on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 @ 08:09 AM

Tags: Assessments, Condo Fees, Illinois

I own land and a park model trailer in a condo resort park in Seneca, Illinois. There are 6 levels of association fees. All the lot sizes are the same at approx. 5000 sq ft.  The county taxes are the same for each lot at approx. $197.00. Our electric, water and sewers are included in the assessment. The 6 categories range from $674.00 to $1218.00 per year. We can't get a answer why the difference except that that is what was setup years ago. There isn't any difference in the land or location in the park. Is this OK for the association board to charge 6 different categories for association fees?

Is renting rooms in condo buildings illegal in Chicago?

Posted on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 @ 07:58 AM

Tags: Boards, Illinois

There is some confusion in our HOA regarding renting of rooms. We have a leasing restriction & this owner continually states that he is exempt from providing a lease as he rents to another male. We have a leasing restriction in place (2 of 6 units) & he places us at the 50% mark which means no one else can sell or refinance. We're not clear on the Chicago housing ordinance, but we think that renting of rooms is illegal in Condo buildings.

Some condo association owners refuse to pay assessment.

Posted on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 @ 08:19 AM

Tags: Illinois

I live in Illinois and am on the board for our condo association, we took over a mess from the previous people, we owe several thousand dollars the heat and hot water are common in the assessments. We voted to have a special assessment to bring things up to date. We have 30 units 5 in foreclosure 16 people have paid or are making the arrangements, 9 have not responded we spoke to some of them who basically said they are not going to pay. What action can we take or who should we contact in our state?

Where outside of condo unit, does owner's repair responsibility end?

Posted on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 @ 03:35 PM

Tags: Repairs, Illinois

My dryer is located upstairs on a two story Illinois town home. It vents straight to the roof and has created a condensation/water problem in the attic.  Vent and possible 1' x 1' section may need to be replaced. Our condo association bylaws state that homeowners are responsible for the dryer vent. My question is where does my responsibility end? Machine to the pipe in the ceiling? Attic area or at the roof? Management and board president have been slow to get me an answer.