Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Noisy Neighbor
2023 Fall Q&A: Noisy Neighbor

Q. I have written several complaint letters to the board and the managing agent regarding a noisy neighbor. They did send a letter to the shareholders about a year ago, but the problem persists, and although I continue to write letters, n…

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2023 Fall Q&A: One Man’s Trash

Q. My HOA found garbage dumped on the front of our street—and since they didn’t know who did it, decided to fine everyone on the street. Problem is that during that time period, the HOA had numerous unsupervised contractors working with d…

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Q&A Q&A: Dishwasher Dilemma
2023 Summer Q&A: Dishwasher Dilemma

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

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Q&A Q&A: At the Board’s Exclusion
2023 Spring Q&A: At the Board’s Exclusion

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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Q&A Q&A: Voting vs. Privacy
Winter 2023 Q&A: Voting vs. Privacy

Q. I live in Chicago. We are having our annual meeting to elect board members. Ballots were sent to each unit to vote. Our management company wants our voted ballots to be signed and returned by mail before our annual meeting. I feel my v…

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Winter 2023 Q&A: Condo Fashion Police?

Q. My neighbor, who leases the condo from a married couple who live out of state, is not home a lot. Last summer it was quite hot, and being an athletic person, he went out for a long run. There are only two entrances to our condo buildin…

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Winter 2023 Q&A: Filing a Financial Mismanagement Complaint

Q. How do you go about filing a complaint against the board and property management for financial mismanagement? We suspect the board has exhausted its operating expense budget on items that are deemed capital expense. The board is now as…

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Q&A Q&A: Defining ‘Owner-Occupied’
Winter 2023 Q&A: Defining ‘Owner-Occupied’

Q. Is there a definition of ‘owner-occupied’ in Illinois for co-ops? The issue is whether a mom and dad could purchase a unit in our co-op for their son or daughter who would be living in the unit alone. Or could a son/daughter purchase a…

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Q&A Q&A: Filling an Empty Seat
Fall 2022 Q&A: Filling an Empty Seat

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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Q&A Q&A: Cold & Unfiltered
Fall 2022 Q&A: Cold & 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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