How Much Value Do They Add to Your Community?
Everyone can use a little help now and again. The residents of condominiums, co-ops or homeowners’ associations are no e…
When Fees Aren’t Paid
The last three apartments in your luxury hi-rise condo were sold to a troika of Russian oligarchs, who all paid well abo…
Diversifying Your Board
Is Inclusivity a Priority?
A democracy fares best when its constituents are proportionally represented. For all intents and purposes, the board of …
No Spaces Anywhere
The State of Parking in Chicago
It’s 6 pm. on a Tuesday night when the Chicago Cubs are in town and it’s game night in Lakeview’s Wrigleyville neighbor…
Keeping Track of Paperwork
Properly Managing Association Records
While keeping the records of the association is not the most fascinating part of serving on a board, it is in some ways…
Taking Care of Your Building From the Top Down
A residential property could have triple-reinforced titanium steel walls, and it still wouldn’t be worth a darn without …
How’s Your Facade?
Constructed as they are out of materials like brick, concrete, or even stone, the exterior walls of an apartment buildin…
Your Building’s Plumbing
Plumbing the Depths
Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted, perhaps none is as profoundly basic—and indispensable—as indoor plu…
So You Want to be a Board Member?
What's Involved, and What It Means
Creating a New Lobby
Making the Most of Your Building’s Front Room