It is now easier than ever to properly recycle your old electronics. 

Through the end of the year, Chicago is hosting dozens of drop-off recycing events across the city. 

Accepted items include:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Computer Monitors
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • TVs
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Printers, fax machines, and scanners
  • Cable and satellite receviers
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Small scale servers
  • VCRS, DVD players, and DVD recorders

Learn more information and find the best location for you, here

Keough & Moody put together an awesome renditon of the Twelve Days of Christmas for Community Associations that is certain to bring you some holiday cheer. 

On the first day of community association Christmas, my community received a professional community association manager. 
A community association manager is tasked with handling the day-to-day operations of a community and helping to carry out the direction of the Board. Make sure to thank your community association manager this holiday season.
 
On the second day of community association Christmas, my community received two document requests. 
Under Illinois law, owners are entitled to inspect certain documentation of the association. Any time an owner seeks to review or obtain copies of association documentation, it is important that a response be prioritized.
 
On the third day of community association Christmas, my community received three owners in violation of the Rules and Regulations.
Now is the ideal time to review the Association’s Rules and Regulations in order to determine whether updates are warranted. It is important that they are consistent with the terms of your association’s governing documents, clear and concise, and reasonable.   
 
On the fourth day of community association Christmas, my community received four delinquent owners. 
Even though it is the holiday season, Boards still have the obligation to collect assessments. Having a collection policy for your association helps ensure that there is a procedure in place for the collection of delinquent assessments and that the process treats all owners equally.
 
On the fifth day of community association Christmas, my community received five engaged Board members. 
By having engaged, prepared Board members, communities can be sure that their Board is leading them to smoother waters. 
 
On the sixth day of community association Christmas, my community received six 22.1 disclosure requests. 
With real estate transfers, associations are required to disclose certain information to prospective buyers, including any pending litigation or any anticipated capital expenditures.
 
On the seventh day of community association Christmas, my community received seven contracts for 2022. 
Now is the time to start planning major projects for the New Year. There continues to be a labor and material shortage; therefore, it is important to plan now to make sure your 2022 projects happen in 2022. 
 
On the eighth day of community association Christmas, my community received eight unkind Facebook posts. 
Certainly, there may be times where an owner’s social media post may be defamatory or harassing. However, the vast majority of times, the unkind social media posts are simply venting by an owner who is unhappy about a violation notice, assessment increase, or other action (or inaction) by the association. The best response to those social media responses is often a non-response and to not take anything said, personally. 
 
On the ninth day of community association Christmas, my community received nine owner leases. 
Owners are required by law to provide the association with copies of their leases and there are harsh penalties that the association can pursue for those owners who fail to comply.
 
On the tenth day of community association Christmas, my community received ten ballots for the annual election.
If COVID has taught us anything, it has taught us that there is a better way to conduct annual elections – either by mail-in ballot or electronic voting.Adopting one of these processes allow owners to easily cast a ballot in the annual election and helps encourage participation. 
 
On the eleventh day of community association Christmas, my community received eleven certificates of owner insurance. 
If your community is a condominium or other attached home community, you want to ensure that you have appropriate Rules and Regulations in place governing insurance and requiring that owners submit a certificate of insurance to the association (or its managing agent) at least once a year.
 
On the twelfth day of community association Christmas, my community received twelve compliments regarding its curb appeal and its financial status. 
Board members, community association managers, and their team spend a lot of time helping make sure that the associations under their purview are properly maintained, look attractive, and that there are appropriate funds in the bank to pay for all of the maintenance and improvements, both now and in the future. While you may not always hear (or remember) the compliments, know that your efforts are appreciated.  

CAI's Condominium Safety Public Policy Report unveils the outcome of the task forces pulled together shortly after the partial collapse of Champlain Tower South condominium in Surfside, Florida. 

The report suggests public policy changes to the community association housing model to better address building safety. 

The recommendations are in the areas of reserve studies and funding, building maintenance, and structural integrity.

Read the full report here

As we count our blessings on Thanksgiving, Chicago Condo Resource and Haus Financial Services would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the condo board members who donate their valuable time working to support their associations.

Living in a condo building is challenging, and serving on the board is often a thankless job. Board members are unpaid volunteers who dedicate time and energy to fulfill the numerous responsibilities that come with condo ownership. The neighbors they support are often unaware of just how much time and energy that takes.

If you are a condo board member, thank you for all that you do.

If you are an owner, take time this week to extend your appreciation to your board. They deserve it.

Generosity and gratitude go a long way toward making condo living successful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Under the IL Condo Act, all condominium associations are governed by a board or directors consisting of, at minimum, 3 owners serving in the roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer. All condo associations are also required to hold an annual meeting of the owners where one or more of these roles may open for election.

Board members have the right to make decisions on behalf of the association, but they also have the responsibility to act in the best interests of the entire association. This is known as "fiduciary duty" and requires that board members put aside their own personal interests to do what is right for the association. Failure to uphold your responsibility as a board member can lead to individual legal liability.

Because the board carries such great power and responsibility, your association may want to consider adopting a board Code of Ethics. If conflicts arise, having a Code of Ethics in place can reduce the chance of a possible problem. A Code of Ethics can help guide board members to maintain high ethical standards and serve their community responsibly.

An appropriate Code of Ethics includes the following:

  • Strive at all times to serve the best interests of the association as a whole regardless of their personal interests.
  • Use sound judgment to make the best possible business decisions for the association, taking into consideration all available information, circumstances and resources.
  • Act within the boundaries of their authority as defined by law and the governing documents of the association

Board members can find a SAMPLE Code of Ethics document here.

Read more about a Code of Ethics for board members here.

 

 

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