Category: Governing Documents

The Ombudsperson: 2016 Amendments and Update

THE OMBUDSPERSON:  2016 AMENDMENTS AND UPDATE On August 12, 2016 Governor Rauner signed Public Act 99-0776 which makes several significant changes to the original Ombudsperson Act.  This article will provide quick highlights of […]

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New Chicago Ordinance – Short Term and Vacation Lease Violations

NEW CHICAGO ORDINANCE DETERS OWNERS FROM ENTERING INTO SHORT-TERM AND VACATION LEASES IN VIOLATION OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION GOVERNING DOCUMENTS Many, if not most, community association declarations prohibit owners from leasing […]

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Satellite Dish and Television Antennas in Associations

THE DISH ON SATELLITE DISHES AND TELEVISION ANTENNAS IN ASSOCIATIONS A frequent topic that arises in all types of associations is the placement of satellite dishes and television (“TV”) antennas by owners. Many associations […]

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PRESS RELEASE Senate Bill 1374 Signed Into Law: Developers’ Loophole Closed

Senate Bill 1374 Signed Into Law: Developers’ Loophole Closed On July 14, 2015, Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 1374 (Public Act 99-0041), which was sponsored by Senator Mike Hastings and Representative Kelly Burke, and authored […]

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The Return of Leasing and Restrictions at Associations

 THE RETURN OF LEASING AND RESTRICTIONS AT ASOCIATIONS As Illinois and the rest of the nation recovers from the crash of the residential real estate market, the issue of leasing restrictions has, again, arisen. Many associations […]

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Caps on Special Assessments in Condominium Associations

In reviewing condominium association declarations over the past several years, on a number of occasions I noted a similar provision in many condominium declarations which places a cap on the amount of a special assessment the board of directors can […]

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Declarant Rights

For those of you who live in a condominium, townhome or single family community association that was built during the last development boom, you may find that where you now live doesn’t look exactly as you expected it to when you first made your […]

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Trust Ownership of a Unit

Question: How does a trust effect the ownership of a unit? Who represents the unit when the trust has not yet been settled and there are multiple heirs? First, not all trust agreements are the same. There are land trusts, which are vehicles […]

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Rules and Regulations: The Basics

RULES AND REGULATIONS: HOW ARE THEY CREATED? HOW ARE THEY ENFORCED? I. What are they? While the adoption of rules and regulations is not required of any community association in Illinois, most find it advantageous to do so. As compared to the […]

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New Community Association Laws

The 2014 Illinois Legislative Session was quite active for condominium and common interest community associations. Over nineteen (19) pieces of legislation were introduced effecting associations. A total of nine (9) pieces of legislation passed the […]

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