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11 Tips for Protecting Your Residents and Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many cities and villages throughout the country are now under “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is essential that board members and property owners understand how to prepare their community… Continue Reading →

Understanding the Hierarchy of Your Association’s Governing Documents

Typically, the governing documents of an association consist of various documents including a declaration, by-laws and rules and regulations. Associations are also bound by statute—condominium associations are bound by the Illinois Condominium Property Act (“Condo Act”) and common interest communities… Continue Reading →

Are Your Proxies Valid Under Illinois Law?

In the context of homeowners and condominium associations, a proxy is a document authorizing a person to act or vote on behalf of an owner who is unable to attend a meeting. Proxies are most commonly used at board elections… Continue Reading →

Advice for Boards in Mixed-Use Projects

Mixed-Use Developments – Conflicts Mixed-used condominium projects have been steadily increasing throughout Illinois. It is unsurprising, considering that locating commercial spaces within condominium projects can benefit both the residents within these communities, as well as the owners of these establishments…. Continue Reading →

Snow and Ice Removal Tips

Chicago’s recent record-breaking cold temperatures presented associations with challenges and questions, which may not have been at the forefront of the board’s attention. These extreme cold temperatures may have left associations dealing with issues arising from burst or frozen water… Continue Reading →

Do You Take Minutes in Executive Sessions?

A topic of great discussion is whether minutes should be kept for executive “closed” sessions and, if so, how detailed they should be.  Previously, there was little guidance for association boards and many were cautioned to not take minutes for… Continue Reading →

Helping Your Association Maximize Recovery of Assessments When a Unit Is Subject to Mortgage Foreclosure Proceedings!

The housing market has fluctuated and changed drastically over the past few years. This is why it is important for an association board to be proactive when a unit owner is facing mortgage foreclosure proceedings.  Being proactive includes initiating a… Continue Reading →

Collection of Assessments from Third-Party Purchaser in Foreclosure Sales – Where Did 2018 Leave Us?

There have been a number of cases that came down in 2018 that further clarified (and muddied) the amounts that can be collected from a third-party purchaser at a judicial foreclosure sale. Section 9(g)(1) of the Illinois Condominium Property Act… Continue Reading →

Another Victory for Condominium Associations with Regard to Rental Restrictions

Earlier this summer, Tressler LLP obtained dismissal of a source of income discrimination claim filed by an owner against a Chicago condominium association.  On June 23, 2018, the City of Chicago Commission of Human Relations issued a lengthy written opinion holding… Continue Reading →

Time to Update Your Association’s Declaration for 2017

There have been quite of few changes to the Illinois Condominium Property Act (Condo Act) and the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act (CICAA), effective January 1, 2017. In light of these changes, as well as the many changes made… Continue Reading →

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