2016 April
Focus on... Landscaping & Lawncare

Landscaping Flowers Forever
2016 April Flowers Forever

Remember the 2004 classic psychological drama Wicker Park, starring a transcendent Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne and that delightfully impish scamp we all know and love to call Matthew Lillard?  But get this: Wicker Park is also …

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Landscaping Alteration Issues
2016 April Alteration Issues

It’s no secret that residents in co-ops or condos can be a fickle bunch, and many times decide to undertake a repair or remodeling project themselves, without going through the proper channels.  Maybe it’s a new owner who wants to make maj…

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Landscaping Is Hardscaping Right for Your Community?
2016 April Is Hardscaping Right for Your Community?

When most people think of landscaping, they think of shrubs, trees, meticulously laid-out and maintained flowerbeds, and artful plantings scattered around a building or development. However, landscaping doesn’t need to end with the things t…

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Finance Alternative Funding
2016 April Alternative Funding

In this challenging economy, many co-op and condo buildings are struggling to pay their bills while planning for future needs. Still, most building boards and HOAs are loathe to raise maintenance fees or levy special assessments on their re…

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Maintenance Spring Cleaning Checklist
2016 April Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning isn't just for unit owners. As we move out of the winter months, now is a great time to make sure your property is “spic and span” for the rest of 2016. The Chicagoland Cooperator recently spoke with property managers Bill W…

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Q&A Q&A: Can We Sue Our Management Company?
2016 April Q&A: Can We Sue Our Management Company?

Q. After this winter, a concrete walkway in our condo property was completely ruined. A few unit owners say there was evidence of rock salt being used to manage the walkways, rather than the usual calcium chloride. It’s not going to be ch…

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Q&A Q&A: Lawlessness Prevails
2016 April Q&A: Lawlessness Prevails

Q. We have a serious problem in our co-op building. No. 1, for as long as I can remember, there have been no annual meetings for years. Secondly, there have been no elections and the same people are entrenched on the board of directors an…

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