Sometimes, an association may not know whether it is subject to certain specific state acts like the Illinois Condominium Property Act or the Common Interest Community Associations Act. The first place to start is to look at the declaration recorded against the property. The declaration will indicate, most often, whether or not a property is subject to a certain act. Homeowners Associations of a certain size or budget may also be subject to the Common Interest Community Association Act, per that Act’s terms. When in doubt, it is best to check with an attorney to be certain. If an association is not subject to either the Condominium Property Act or the Common Interest Community Association Act, the association is likely still subject to the Illinois Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. The Not-For-Profit Corporations Act governs all incorporated associations that are organized for a non-profitable purpose. Generally, homeowners associations are not considered to be businesses operated for profit and they do, or should, qualify as not-for-profit organizations. This does not mean, however, that these associations are charitable in nature; rather, it means that their annual expenditures only go to their distinct purposes and the profit is not made or generated and distributed to any owners.