Condo Law Watch

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Tressler LLP is proud to announce that 2021 marks the firm’s 35th anniversary. Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess was founded in 1986 in Chicago, Illinois by a small group of driven, experienced attorneys focused on providing superior legal services. Building a law firm from the ground up was an exciting and daunting undertaking, but they followed a simple philosophy that remains at the core of our firm today: do the right thing. In 1986, while…
There have only been a few municipalities in Illinois that have passed ordinances that seek to strengthen and expand tenant rights. Notoriously, Chicago’s Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (the “RLTO”) contains stringent provisions that require strict compliance from landlords. Other cities such as Evanston and Mount Prospect have passed similar ordinances, but the vast majority of cities and municipalities throughout Illinois do not have these ordinances. On January 25, 2021, the Cook County Board of Commissioners…
Illinois winters can be brutal as the conditions increase the rate of slip and fall accidents. Inadequate or improper snow removal can be one of the contributing factors. The following tips regarding snow and ice removal as well as property management when it comes to winter weather should be considered: If you are a business that handles your own snow and ice removal, ensure your personnel are trained and know that they should remove the…
If you missed the Illinois Chapter Community Associations Institute’s Condo/HOA Q&A: Protecting Your Community from Litigation with Tressler attorney Katerina Tsoukalas-Heitkemper last Thursday, A recording of the session is now available to watch on YouTube at your own leisure! Click here to access the recording. Description Depending on the severity of the claims, a lawsuit can range from frustrating to catastrophic for your association. This session focuses on ways to protect your community from litigation.…
If you missed the Illinois Chapter Community Associations Institute’s Condo/HOA Q&A: Protecting Your Community from Litigation with Tressler attorney Katerina Tsoukalas-Heitkemper last Thursday, A recording of the session is now available to watch on Youtube at your own leisure! Click here to access the recording. Description Depending on the severity of the claims, a lawsuit can range from frustrating to catastrophic for your association. This session focuses on ways to protect your community from litigation.…
Managing a property or community association is complicated. There are so many rules and regulations that you need to be aware of and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Fair housing laws are diverse like the populations they aim to protect. We often assist property managers, realtors, landlords and community associations (condo, HOA and townhomes) on this topic and here’s what we think you should know: 1. The Fair Housing Act This landmark…
Tressler attorney Katerina Tsoukalas-Heitkemper will be a panelist at the Illinois Chapter Community Associations Institute’s Condo/HOA Q&A: Protecting your Community from Litigation via Youtube on October 8th. Description: Depending on the severity of the claims, a lawsuit can range from frustrating to catastrophic for your association. This session will focus on ways to protect your community from litigation. Topics of discussion will include:—Working with board members who have their own agendas—Conducting Community Association business in the Fall…
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on our State. The ramifications of the pandemic has no doubt extended far and affected many.  Illinois Governor Pritzker has passed two Executive Orders that essentially stay all eviction proceedings. Specifically, Executive Order 2020-10 halted the enforcement of residential evictions. Under this Executive Order, landlords were unable to enforce orders of possession after March 20, 2020. Subsequently, Executive Order 2020-30 was signed on April 23, 2020. This…
We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming virtual Tressler Talk: Contracts: The Do’s, the Don’ts and When Disaster Happens!Thursday, August 20, 20201:00-2:00pm CT Join us for this complimentary webinar to learn about… The basics of contracts, such as understanding the terms and liabilities before the contract is executed; Ensuring the Board understands its roles/responsibilities when negotiating contracts; How to handle contract disputes; And what to do when a disaster happens because an association…
If you are like me, you look forward to sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The summer season is upon us and is always a bright spot given our winters in Chicagoland. The summer season is notably different this year given disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am hopeful that the most extreme “stay at home” orders will soon be behind us. One thing is for sure, once swimming pools can reopen, they will be in high demand.…