As COVID-19 continues to evolve, HausFS has been receiving a lot of valuable emailed information from various organizations and companies that work with condominiums. We'd like to pass along these available resources. 

As always, HausFS and the ChicagoCondoResource are committed to supporting condo board members and owners across the Chicagoland area. Condo living is challenging enough during "normal" times. It's our goal to make the current COVID-19 situation as manageable as possible while we navigate these extreme circumstances. If there is a particular issue you'd like reviewed, please use our Ask the Expert form. 

Our thoughts are with you.

Community Associations Institute 

What to Know About COVID-19, Your Community, and CAI

CAI is monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on community associations and offering general, precautionary guidance from officials and adding some common-sense guidelines for our industry.

CAI National - COVID-19 Q&A

CAI and fellows of the College of Community Association Lawyers present virtual, LIVE Q&A presentations about the issues facing community associations due to coronavirus pandemic.

Control Messaging to Association Members and Occupants: 
How Managers and Boards Can Respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns

Since coronavirus has become a pandemic, boards and managers should be prepared for questions about what the association is doing to stop, prevent, or control the spread of the illness. This resource is a list of items that all property managers and board members should bear in mind going forward.

Community Associations and COVID-19 FAQ – Common Interest Podcast

Laura Marinelli from Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr discuss how associations can best abide by social distancing and "Shelter-in-Place" orders to keep their community as healthy as possible.

The Chicagoland Cooperator

Disease and Disclosure

Virtual Meetings

Dealing with Coronavirus Exposure

CCR's "Ask the Expert" Column

Can open houses in condo buildings be banned during COVID-19?

Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit (Condo Law Attorneys)

Assessment Collections & Board Member Obligations During the Coronavirus Crisis

CARES Act Moratorium on Evictions

KSN Podcast - A Positive Coronavirus Test: What Should Community Association Board Members Do?

CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act provisions affecting condo associations

Housing-Related Provisions (including Mortgage Forbearance and National Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium)

COVID-19 Cleaning Services

Andy Newman
Shine On Group Inc
P: 773.227.4522 
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ACTHA is committed to continuing to provide information and support to members during this unusual time in everyone’s lives. Last Friday, they presented a webinar on the implications of COVID-19 for associations. And, they plan to continue providing information in this way for the foreseeable future.

This webinar is available to everyone in their database, including current and lapsed members.

If you click on the link below, start the webinar at 3:32 of later for the video and audio to begin.

You can find the webinar here.

Across the country, many cities, including Chicago, are now under “shelter-in-place” orders. For board members and property owners, it is vital to prepare your communities and residents during this rapidly evolving pandemic.

Here are some tips to protect your community at this time:

  • Asses critical versus non-critical building/community functions to determine which must continue.
  • Consider postponing or canceling open houses and/or showings.
  • Encourage residents to remain in their respective homes and not to congregate in hallways or common areas.
  • Sanitize commonly touched surfaces as often as possible.

Read more, here.

The Coronavirus continues to throw condo and HOA boards into uncharted territory and we all have a lot of questions.

Join a free, in-depth webinar on Monday, March 23, where two community association experts will help you work through the biggest challenges facing community associations during this uncertain time.

During this webinar, you’ll get information on:

  • What a community association's responsibility is when it comes to the coronavirus
  • What information you can and should provide to members on the virus and your operations
  • How to evaluate whether to hold meetings and social functions
  • Questions to ask to determine whether you can use today's technology for must-have meetings
  • Whether you should consider upgrading your cleaning and maintenance schedules
  • How to treat notice of a member's exposure to, or positive test for, the virus
  • How to plan for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order — What stays open? What must stop?
  • What to consider with suddenly unemployed homeowners who can't pay their association fees?
  • Do's and don'ts for addressing this unprecedented situation

Learn more and register here.

Under the federal Fair Housing Act, assistance animals are not considered pets and housing providers, including HOAs, must make reasonable accommodations to permit them. However, a historical lack of guidelines and definitions surrounding assistance animals has hindered disabled people while allowing abuse by people not needing assistance.

Recently, HUD issued practical guidance on assistant animals, outlining an 8-step process for responding to requests, with helpful tips for each step.

Associations, their board, and their managers should be aware of the existence of Fair Housing laws and regulations at the state and Federal level.

To learn more, click here.

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