Q. We are a six flat in Rogers Park. The building was built in the 1930's and has an elevator.

This elevator does not stop on each floor but stops 10-12 stairs above and below each unit. We have not used the elevator in 15 yrs because it is not useful and too costly to maintain. The elevator is shut off and the doors are locked. The City of Chicago recently sent us a letter stating we must repair or decommission the elevator. What are the laws around this?

A. Elevators can become costly to maintain, particularly in smaller buildings with little wiggle room in their budgets for such maintenance. When it comes to maintaining elevators, Illinois condo law requires that

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