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2022 Spring Q&A: Disturbing, or Disturbed?

Q. I live in a condo where there are quiet hours after 9 p.m., and all disturbing noise no matter the time can result in a fine. Two months after I moved in, the downstairs neighbor moved in. It’s been a nightmare ever since. Banging, scr…

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2022 Spring Q&A: Patio Uh-Oh

Q. Five years ago, an owner who was on the board for a year and was newly in charge of maintenance had his own new patio removed and hired our usual contractor to pour a new, larger patio—which of course meant using common element propert…

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2022 Winter Q&A: A Board Cabal

Q. We have a board member who has been locked out of meetings. According to that board member, the board has formed an executive committee that has, for all intents and purposes, shut them out. The board member is no longer able to view b…

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2021 September Q&A: Dishwasher Dilemma

Q. Our association is self-managed with 12 units. An owner installed a dishwasher without any written request to or approval from the board. The board told her that we believed this was a violation, since all 12 units share one water tank…

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2021 September Q&A: Sleepless in Chicago

Q. I am a resident owner in a 54-unit condominium association building on the far northwest side of Chicago. I write on behalf of a unit owner friend in the same building, who has been the resident owner since 2005. Her unit is on the sec…

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2021 September Q&A: Filling a Resignation

Q. If there is an election of a condo board and three people run for two open seats, when the election is over and the seats are filled, if now one of those board members resigns, does the third person who received some votes then fill th…

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Fall 2021 Q&A: Cold and Unfiltered

Q. We live in a 200-unit condo. The building changes the filters in the convectors twice a year, but decided not to change them due to COVID. It’s now been over a year since they were changed, and if we turn on the heat, dust and mold pou…

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Fall 2021 Q&A: Real Estate Agent...and Board Member?

Q. Can a newly-appointed vice president to the board, who is also a broker, sell units in his/her condominium building? I would think that this would be a conflict of interest since the board member has access to all personal information …

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Fall 2021 Q&A: Board Members Behaving Madly

Q. What can be done when the president of the condo board verbally harasses the building’s superintendent?                                —Appalled Tenant A. “In my experience,” says attorney Mark Rosenbaum of Chicago-based firm Fisch…

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Summer 2021 Q&A: Balcony Alteration

Q. A homeowner in a condo asks the board to allow the alteration of the balcony enclosure to a taller height. The board and management company agree and the alteration takes place. Twenty-five years later, a new manager says that was impr…

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