Category: Q&A

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2019 October Q&A: Save Our Super

Q. Our super was hired six months ago. He’s a hard worker and all the tenants like him. But the president of the board fired him three days before his six-month probation period was up. The tenants requested a special meeting to find out …

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2019 October Q&A: Elevator Maintenance Charges

Q. Ours is a 96-unit multi-unit building with 12 tiers of eight condominium units per tier. There are two units on each floor in each tier. Each tier has an elevator that serves the second, third and fourth floor units and there is an ele…

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2019 October Q&A: Setting Up a Charter for a Master Association

Q. I am president of a master association with 16 homeowner associations. Recently, our new attorney recommended creating charters for our master association and the advisory committees. What are the advantages of this over just creating …

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2019 August Q&A: Is My Association Registered?

Q. I want to know if my condo association is legally registered, because the president of association refuses to show me any documents to verify that we are. Where do I have to ask to get this information?                         —Reside…

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2019 August Q&A: Inserting ADR Into the Application

Q. Can we include an alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in our co-op’s application itself? Since the applicant is not a shareholder yet, is this legal? If we reject a candidate, we would like to avoid the threat of litigation and use our …

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2019 August Q&A: Hiring a Tax Attorney

Q. As a condo association in Illinois, do we have a fiduciary duty to hire a property tax attorney in an effort to lower our assessed valuations? If successful, each owner would pay a percentage of the first year’s savings.        —Seeki…

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2019 May Q&A: Smoking on the Balcony

Q. I’m a resident owner in a 56-unit condo building, and share a common balcony with my next-door neighbor, divided by just a short rail. I have sensitivity to cigarette smoke, and don’t believe it’s fair that the building allows smoking …

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2019 May Q&A: Dysfunctional Board

Q. We have a board that just doesn’t get along. I am the president, and one of the other board members is a big bully. It’s really hard to deal with him, and I hear from contractors that he is nasty. He wants to run it all. No matter what…

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2019 March Q&A: When an Owner Who Owes HOA Fees Is Now Bankrupt

Q. What can be done if a unit owner who has not paid his or her maintenance for a year – and owes the association $30,000 – has now declared bankruptcy? How does the association get its money?                            —Concerned Stakeh…

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