Unfortunately, what happens in a condo unit doesn't always stay in a condo unit. Smoke (among other nuisances) can travel easily between walls and through the common elements to other units.

Owners cannot be stopped from smoking in their units unless the association adopts an amendment to the declaration or bylaws to prohibit smoking. This requires owner approval and can take time and money to pass but it is a viable solution for buildings who can muster the necessary number of votes. When an amendment is not possible, the board can adopt rules to help prevent smoke from travelling between units.

Read more about this topic in a recent Chicago Tribune article

In Chicago, condominium associations are governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Section 22.1 of the ICPA contains provisions regarding the information that must be disclosed to prospective purchasers of units within the association.  

Click here for an article providing an overview of the disclosures provided in Illinois by a condominium association to a prospective buyer of a unit and (1) what is mandated by law; (2) what current practice is; (3) associations’ and board members’ exposures to claims for failure to comply; and (4) action needed to remedy the ills that exist in the market today.

A key challenge of condo living is understanding that while you own your property, you do not have the absolute right to do whatever you like. The condominium association has the right and the responsibility to establish rules and regulations that govern how owners are to behave on the property and to impose fines for violations. The goal is to preserve harmonious living for all of the owners.

In order to apply a fine and ensure that it is enforceable, however, the association must take the following 5 steps of due process:

  1. Cease and Desist Letter
  2. Hearing Notice
  3. Hearing
  4. Decision
  5. Appeal

Detail on these steps can be found in our Templates & Guides. For more information on creating and enforcing Rules & Regulations, see our Educational Videos.

Lauren Peddinghaus of Haus Financial Services, LLC was recently interviewed for Alison Bowen's story in the Chicago Tribune about living with babies in apartments and condos in Chicago. The full article appears online and on the front page of the Sunday, April 23rd Real Estate section.

If you are a parent in a condo or the neighbor of a family with a baby, this story will resonate with you! How does your condo association handle issues like noise and strollers?

Read the full article here.

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