Category: Q&A

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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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2018 November Q&A: Pest Control Responsibility

Q.   I was wondering about pest control responsibility. I live in a condo building. I’m getting constant roaches in my unit. I’m a very clean person and had no problem for 10 years. Obviously the building is infested. Who supposed to fix …

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2018 October Q&A: Landscaping Fight

Q. I am a condo unit owner with a patch of HOA-owned grass near my unit that was overlooked for many years. Over the past six years, I have slowly landscaped the area in accordance with the landscaping of the complex. No one from the boar…

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