Condo Law Watch

Get the latest legal updates from Tressler’s experienced Condominium & Common Interest Community Association attorneys.

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.…
In the past couple of weeks, we have seen many association boards conduct business by holding board meetings by video or telephone conferencing in order to ensure compliance with both the stay-at-home order and with the open meeting requirements of the Illinois Condominium Property Act (“Condo Act”) or the Common Interest Community Association Act (“CICAA”). Boards will, however, face added challenges if they have an upcoming board election but no rule in place for allowing…
Life is anything but business as usual. But that doesn’t mean association board members can’t turn downtime into productive time. Board members are often too busy with current events or urgent matters that they simply don’t have time to tackle business considered “non-essential”. With this brief window of downtime, board members should consider the following: Is the Association’s insurance adequate?  Re-evaluate financials/budgets for cost-saving measures. Ensuring governing documents are up to date with current law. Update rules…
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused turmoil across the country. It is now more important than ever for community associations and property owners to stay informed and understand their options. Yesterday, the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”) sent out an email asking for a National Call to Action to halt the filing of lien foreclosures/eviction lawsuits due to the economic hardship that many people are currently facing. Click here to view the full article. “Assessments are the lifeblood…
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 and residents during the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic. Tressler’s dedicated HOA and Condo Law attorneys encourage property management companies, boards, community managers and anyone housing residents to follow these important tips: 1. Assess critical and…
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 and residents during the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic. Tressler’s dedicated HOA and Condo Law attorneys encourage property management companies, boards, community managers and anyone housing residents to follow these important tips: 1. Assess critical and…
Effective through at least April 15th or until further notice, Tressler LLP is urging all of its Condominium or Common-Interest Community Association boards to strongly consider rescheduling any non-essential board meetings or events of 25 people or more. Meetings or events of any size should be reconsidered and remote collaboration tools should be used instead. If remote collaboration is used and in order to comply with the requirement of all board meetings being “open” to owners,…
Effective through at least April 15th or until further notice, Tressler LLP is urging all of its Condominium or Common-Interest Community Association boards to strongly consider rescheduling any non-essential board meetings or events of 25 people or more. Meetings or events of any size should be reconsidered and remote collaboration tools should be used instead. If remote collaboration is used and in order to comply with the requirement of all board meetings being “open” to owners,…
It’s been a while since the infamous Palm II case came down and caused chaos in the Illinois association world. Because it’s been a couple of years, and as we have encountered situations where board members seem to have become lax on following corporate formalities or careful about meeting with other board members outside of formal board meetings, it appears that a quick refresher on the law is in order. Condominium and homeowner associations are not-for-profit…
It’s been a while since the infamous Palm II case came down and caused chaos in the Illinois association world. Because it’s been a couple of years, and as we have encountered situations where board members seem to have become lax on following corporate formalities or careful about meeting with other board members outside of formal board meetings, it appears that a quick refresher on the law is in order. Condominium and homeowner associations are not-for-profit…