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City is forcing us to upgrade our fire alarm system


Our 40 unit condo building has been told by the city and state of Illinois that we will need to retrofit an elaborate fire alarm system in our building, as well as maintain and test the system yearly. Projected costs are ~$40k for the alarm system and $4-5k/year for upkeep. The city has told us we basically have no effective rights to appeal the ordinance, and complying with the ordinance will mean our association will no longer be able to be self managed as the current president has indicated he will move before being coerced into paying his share of the costs. Our attorney has indicated we don't have much of a chance to appeal this, has anyone here dealt with a problem like this before?

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