Category: Q&A

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2018 May Q&A: Meeting Minutes

Q. Many owners have questions about what happens at the monthly board meetings. Our board refuses to release any meeting minutes to the owners. Also, the board has told me that they do not record in the minutes who voted for what. Can the…

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2018 May Q&A: When an HOA Threatens to Seize a Unit

Q. My HOA has threatened to confiscate my unit because I withheld/escrowed my June assessment soon after I learned the board refused to communicate or cooperate with my insurance company who was to cover other losses. This isn’t in the by…

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2018 April Q&A: Taping a Board Meeting

Q. Can a voice recording of an executive closed session of a condo board meeting by one of the board’s directors  be restricted by the board?  —Unit Owner Seeking Transparency A. “The Illinois Condominium Property Act generally requir…

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2018 March Q&A: Rules That Favor a Board Member

Q. Can a board member vote on a change in rules that will directly benefits him/her? For example. the board member is an investor with more than 10 units and needs more parking spaces for tenants, therefore s/he moves to vote to change th…

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2018 March Q&A: Sticker-Shocked

Q. The Village of Addison inspector has deemed that we must REPLACE (not repair) all our outdoor concrete stairs and landings. Our contractor originally said it would cost $67,000 per building. Now he’s saying it’s $328,000 per building. …

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2018 March Q&A: Paying for Repair Work

Q. Our declarations state that maintenance the roof, grounds, and common areas, etc., is the association’s responsibility.  The board acknowledges this responsibility. Last year, the roofs had shingles damaged and missing due to wind.  Th…

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2017 October Q&A: Holding a Garage Sale in a Parking Space

Q. I live in a five-story condominium with 24 units, 24 “designated” parking spots, and six undesignated spots. “Designated” means that only the 24 people with parking tags can park in any one of those 24 designated spots (but the spots a…

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2017 October Q&A: How to Remove a Board Member

Q. If someone wants to get a board member off the board, how do they go about it, and what percentage of the shareholders do they need?                             —What’s the Procedure? A.   “The question is a good question, and the a…

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2017 September Q&A: Transparency at Board Meetings

Q. I am a condo board member and often hear my fellow members say at our meetings that "What goes on in here stays in here.” How can that be fair to our unit owners? Shouldn't everything go in the minutes except for names and amounts owed…

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