2013 September
Focus on... Energy & The Enviroment

The Chicagoland Condo, HOA  & Co-op Expo
2013 September The Chicagoland Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo

The Chicagoland Cooperatoris returning to the area to host the Chicagoland Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Navy Pier Convention Center in Chicago. N…

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Energy Conservation Chicago Takes the LEED
2013 September Chicago Takes the LEED

There are two ways—and only two ways—to balance a budget: increase revenue or decrease spending. Whether you’re the treasurer of a co-op board or the President of the United States, those are the only two levers at your disposal. Ene…

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Energy Conservation Garbage to Gold
2013 September Garbage to Gold

The Windy City talks a lot of trash, works with a lot of trash and deals with trash on every level on a daily basis. Any modern municipality, regardless of size, produces a lot of trash—and a huge metropolitan area like Chicago takes that …

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Energy Conservation Investing in Green
2013 September Investing in Green

With today’s condo and HOA residents much more conscious of their impact on the environment and looking for ways to reduce it, smart boards and property managers are looking to help. Simple tasks like turning down thermostats, shutting off…

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Board Operations When Snowbirds Fly
2013 September When Snowbirds Fly

Every year the cycle repeats itself in co-ops and condo communities in Chicago: as temperatures drop and snow begins to swirl, flocks of empty nesters and others fortunate enough to own a second home in a warmer climate pack up and head so…

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Finance The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2013 September The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While natural disasters causing catastrophic property damages are increasing every year, associations also have to be prepared for other unexpected expenses, such as a roof replacement or a new heating and cooling system. These major capit…

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Q&A: Dealing with a Difficult Manager
2013 September Q&A: Dealing with a Difficult Manager

I live in a very small building and our condo board has turned over our building to a manager who is running the condo as if unit owners work for her not vice versa. The board likes not having to do anything. What recourse do unhappy owners…

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Q&A: Evening Things out
2013 September 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 Matt…

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