Safety AND privacy – How do you find the proper balance?

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  Post-Shelter-In-Place: A Primer For Landlords – Part One in a Four-Part Series We don’t know exactly when the Illinois Shelter-In-Place order will be lifted, but we can, and should, start preparing for it. And while the laws and situations are still changing, here are the most current answers to the most frequently asked questions:… Read more »

Does government-mandated rent relief require just compensation under the takings clause?

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In the residential arena in particular, one common theme of debate has been the impassioned (and sometimes menacing) demands for rent relief in the form of “rent strikes,” and full-on rent forgiveness by landlords. Municipalities have, in varying forms, discussed, considered, even proposed laws requiring that landlords either forgive or defer rent collection. Not surprisingly, landlords have resisted – mainly citing their own mortgage, labor, tax, insurance and other operational costs.

How can I control real estate showings in the shadow of COVID-19?

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Over the course of the past week, we have fielded dozens of requests for clarification on how property owners and homeowner associations can protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19 in the context of real estate showings. Because of the critical importance that social distancing plays in avoiding catastrophic levels of infected citizens overwhelming our medical… Read more »

How can I protect my Development project from COVID-19?

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  The health and economic impacts of the Coronavirus epidemic will assuredly touch virtually every corner of the World before it is brought under control. And while the virus has many fearing for their health, it is casting a much longer and darker shadow over many sectors of our national and global economies. As voluntary… Read more »

How will legalized pot affect property owners?

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Important to owners, condominium associations, property managers and tenants, the law includes an amendment to the Illinois Condominium Property Act which allows condominium associations to place certain restrictions on the smoking of marijuana, both in common elements and in private units.

What steps can be taken in a homeowner association if one owner is interfering with the rights of another owner?

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  Conflicts between owners are inherent in shared community living. And whether misconduct is a result of an owner’s natural personality or a result of medical conditions affecting that owner, the Association and its Board cannot simply turn a blind eye. As there may be a number of corollary issues to carefully consider — rights… Read more »

I live in a condominium and the smoke from my neighbors’ cigarettes wafts into my unit through my open balcony window. Is there anything I can do?

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Conflicts between smokers and non-smokers in shared living communities is a common source of friction. Just as with noise complaints, resolution of these disputes often must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Unless your association amends its Declarations to ban smoking completely, your neighbor is in her right to smoke within the confines of her unit. That does not mean, however, that she may necessarily do so to the detriment of her neighbors.

Can a Homeowner Association equalize the percentage of each owner’s interest?

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  Whenever a homeowner or condominium association is formed by a developer, it is established by virtue of a Declaration which is recorded with the County Recorder. That Declaration includes a schedule of all of the Units in the association and their corollary ownership percentage. These percentages are the common element ownership percentages allocated to… Read more »