Where can we find a reputable property manager for a condominium of homeowners for Oak Park, IL. They do not necessarily need to be located in this town.
Do the meeting minutes have to be approved at an open meeting BEFORE being sent out to homeowners or can they be approved via email and sent out sooner?
We have a new unit owner that did not receive a mailbox key and the previous owner, who lived offsite, said he never had one. Is the replacement of the key and/or lock a condominium expense or a unit owner expense?
Our annual meeting is in April. One of our board members intends to make April the last month serving on the board. That individual's two year term doesn't expire until next year so resignation would be mid term. How should we fill that seat? Should there be another seat available in this year's election so someone else can be elected? (If yes, one year term or two?) Or should we treat it as a resignation mid term and find someone to appoint to serve until next year's election?
One of our board members was appointed by the board to serve in place of someone who resigned. The term of the person who resigned wasn't expiring until next year. We know the person appointed must be elected by homeowners at this year's annual meeting in order to continue serving on the board. If he is elected, what is the length of his term? Is it one year (which would complete the term of the prior party) or two years, which is the normal term of an elected board member?
Where and when does the board discuss hiring a new management company? A board meeting doesnt seem appropriate.
My parents live in a condo building that has 10 units and 10 indoor garage parking spots that are randomly assigned. Only 1 of the parking spaces is marked handicapped. Currently the unit assigned the handicapped space is not handicapped. The vehicle that parks there has no handicapped license plates nor placard. Is there any legal requirement once a handicapped individual lives in the building that the handicapped space should be reassigned to the handicapped person.
Our board is about to allot money for each precient for concrete improvement instead of prioritizing the entire complex. My feeling is that this will distract from our feeling of community and result in competetion between precients. Your feelings please
I have a standard Residential Exclusive Marketing agreement with a Re/max agent to sale my house. This contract will be over on June 30th 2014. I am not happy with the performance with her. I signed this contract on Feb. 20th 2014. I have not got a single offer yet. Can I cancel this contract now without any legal consequences? Thank you for your help
Our Treasurer reads her report at our board meetings. They are not approved or unapproved. My question is should the treasurers report be included in minutes of Board meeting.
Is there an upper limit on how high late fees can be for condo assessments? What is the highest late fee you are aware of? We currently charge $35 if not received by the 15th of the month, but are considering raising it substantially to penalize owners who are chronically late.
Looking to purchase condo, how do I find the financial statements, outstanding debt , track record of a condo association. Royal Glen in Glen Ellyn IL. Seems to be a self-managed condo association.
I live in a small condo with a garage unit that has the utility room, one of three in the building. Ours has the fire alarm. The board decided to lock this door blaming the fire marshall (not true). In an emergency or for routine maintenance we no longer have access to our unit's main water cutoff. We no longer can turn on the hall lights if the mechanical timer fails. We can no longer check alarm codes if a problem arises. We no longer have access to electrical and water meters. Legal
We have to replace windows and doors for fire code. Windows within 10 feet of fire escape need to be replaced, to protect fire escape and ensure code compliance. Only certain classes of unit have such windows. Is the board permitted to levy a special assessment for window replacement on a building-wide basis where the declarations state that windows and doors are generally the responsibility of the unit? Otherwise, cost of building benefits fall entirely on some units based on window location.
I am a secretary on the board for Stonegaate of Valley Creek Condominium Association in Elgin, IL. We have a unit that has been empty for almost a year due to the death of the owner. We are wondering what is the banks responsibility in paying the past due association fees? We have not heard anything from the bank and they do know the owner passed in June, 2013. I know we can't contact them as we don't have any of the informaiton on loan, etc. Do we just sit back and wait to hear from them?
Who is responsible for the repair/maintence of attics above condo units. My question has to do with sub-code ductwork, insulation, and framing in a condo attic space. Issues were discovered following a roof leak and the removal of drywall which exposed construction defects. The units were turned over from the developer long ago, and the developer is now defunct.
As a board member of an association, we do not receive copies of homeowner requests for routine maint. nor do we receive copies of the work orders issued for the work to be done. Although we do receive emailed copies of the contractor invoices, no copies of the work orders, etc. are attached. Are there any property manager standards of practice, etc. which would apply to this situation?
An owner in our townhome association planted a tree within ten feet of her patio. The tree died and she wants the association to pay to have it removed. Was this tree planted within her privacy area?
Can tenants who live in a condo association building be charged an extra fee for using the condo's washers and dryers?
If a "work order" is issued by the management company without first informing the homeowner that he/she must pay, must the homeowner pay? Shouldn't the homeowner first be allowed to fix/correct whatever needs to be done on their own? What rights does a homeowner have in this situation which is also a Common Interest Community?
If my Association refuses to maintain a portion of the Common Area and the Village refuses to enforce their weed ordinance what can I do???
Condo Assn is self managed, in a dictatorship and nothing is done according to Decs/bylaws... does anyone know of a watchdog group who would intervene?
What are the legal consequences of not having enough volunteers to fill all of our 5 member Board of Directors?
Where can I find "best practices for board governance"? In particular, what rules exist and may help ensure that boards act in the interest of their community, rather than in their own personal interest?
In July 2012, I informed the Board that I had severe damage to the outside of my townhome. In one corner, the top of my house, which is vinyl, was not attached to the bottom which is brick. The brick wall on this side is also tilted out. Here it is 21 months later and my house still is not fixed. I had very little damage inside, but now I have more cracked walls and a window does not work. I get no answers from them. Do I need to get an attorney? Does Illinois have a time limit for them to fix this?
We are a small 6 unit condo assn. We decided to hire one of the owners' son to be the property caretaker. Is it appropriate and legal that instead of paying him outright we deduct his payment from the assessment. In lieu of a salary they would be paying less assessment.
When discussing legal or personnel matters in Illinois, the board may meet in a closed session. Does the board need to report to owners the vote for the decision made at that meeting, for example, whether or not to seek an order of possession for a delinquent unit?
Our TH development offers about 30units that are the smallest models and 1/2 of the unit is above the large model below.3 years ago, while we were on a holiday, our upstairs neighbors removed the padding, carpeting and any insulation that had accompanied the unit when it was built in 2001.They replaced it with a cheap hardwood floor.Our relationship with them has become very hostile because we are constantly complaining about the noise.What might be my course of action?
Where can I find information about the processes used by condominium associations to resolve complaints and disputes between unit owners. We would like to put something in our rules and regulations as to the procedure to follow when one unit owner complains for example about excessive noise or parking complaints of another unit owner.
Our Board secretary does not write proper minutes. He has been provided with guidance in the form of articles and other informative materials and refuses to attend educational seminars. Can we edit or rewrite what he has submitted so that we may approve the minutes at an open meeting?
One of the units in our 6 unit condo association is in a land trust. The trustees are an invalid elderly mother and her three adult daughters. Originally only the elderly lady lived in the unit but now they have moved in a grandaughter, her four children, and also two teenage grandsons. Our declarations don't allow rentals. If the owner of the unit is the land trust then how is it determined who is allowed to live there? Can the trustees move in anyone of their choice?
Although our 48 unit condo association has a management company and a building manager, our president runs the building like a disfunctional dictatorship. The president's prime form of commincation with owners is leaving one page notices in the unit's door jam or hanging signs on entry doors. I pay for a management company not a dictator. E-mail is never used and letters are seldom sent even though the monthly statement has a message area that is never used. Any suggestions?
Our condominium association's declarations do not allow rentals. Can an owner let relatives live in his unit without actually occupying the unit himself?
Our Condo Board is up for election. How do you conduct a meet and greet (the candidates). Who should preside?
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