Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Conducting an Audit
2014 October Q&A: Conducting an Audit

My condo board recently voted to approve an audit for the association, but I found out our own CPA—who has handled our finances for five years—will be conducting the audit. Is that a sound decision? Are there any legal issues with conflict …

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Q&A Q&A: The Windows of the World
2014 October Q&A: The Windows of the World

Q I believe as a board member that since shareholders are lessees/renters, and the corporation is the lessor/landlord, the corporation should bear responsibility for the maintenance and repair or replacement of the entire facade of the bu…

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Q&A Q&A: Seen and Not Heard?
2014 September Q&A: Seen and Not Heard?

Q I live in a condo in which the majority of the residents are older or active adult age. However, it seems that there are several families with children with which we are having problems related to noise complaints. For the past year or …

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing with a Damaged Walkway
2014 August Q&A: Dealing with a Damaged Walkway

After this winter, a concrete walkway in our condo property was completely ruined. Several unit owners contend the property manager used rock salt instead of the usual calcium chloride. If we can establish that rock salt was indeed used as …

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Q&A Q&A: Office Space for Manager
2014 August Q&A: Office Space for Manager

Q My condo's board recently approved a plan to provide an office for our property manager. Since the building did not have a space for an office, they want to put up walls in one of our common areas, so the property manager has a place to…

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Q&A Q&A: Where There’s Smoke … There’s Fire?
2014 July Q&A: Where There’s Smoke … There’s Fire?

I live above a daily cigar smoker, and particularly in the warmer months I like to leave my windows and balcony door open. I’ve complained several times to the board and management that the smoke is getting into my unit, my rug, my bed shee…

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Q&A Q&A: Companion Animal Complaint
2014 June Q&A: Companion Animal Complaint

Last year I became disabled and applied to the board for approval for a companion dog. Upon approval, I signed an agreement that restricted the dog from certain areas and reiterated the dog could not be a nuisance to neighbors. I installed …

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Q&A Q&A: Who’s Responsible for Window Repair?
2014 June Q&A: Who’s Responsible for Window Repair?

Q Earlier this month when the Chicagoland area experienced the polar vortex, I had both my windows in the living room and the glass door to my terrace crack due to the extreme cold. I informed the manager who then called a glass company, …

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Q&A Q&A: Would We Be Covered
2014 February Q&A: Would We Be Covered

A group of unit owners in my building formed a committee in reaction to some rules the board made. We’re worried we might get into a lawsuit with the board, and we want to know if the association’s insurance would cover us against this kind…

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Q&A Q&A: Evening Things out
2013 October Q&A: Evening Things out

My question is if there is damage to my roof and it leaks into my condominium unit and I reported it to the board three times with no repairs made, can I repair it myself and deduct the cost from my common charges? Please advise. —A …

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