IL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Cook County Appellate Court ruling reaffirms the First Amendment rights of condo owners in Illinois. On March 29th, in Brian Connolly v.  Anthony Milazzo, Mike Fish, Serap Brush,  and Glenn Greene, Justice Cunningham reversed the trial court’s dismissal of one of the Plaintiff’s primary claims. In his lawsuit, Connolly claimed his condo association board members imposed unjustified sanctions and fines against him, in retaliation, after he criticized the Continue ReadingIL Appellate court upholds First Amendment rights of condo residents

HOA Experts working for consumers

As a service to readers, Independent American Communities provides the following list for information and educational purposes only. Some of the experts listed below are attorneys. Consumers are advised to use good judgment and discretion when selecting legal representation.  Legislative information provided by individual experts may be specific to certain states, and is subject to change as new laws are enacted or existing laws are amended.  Have a suggested addition to the list? Use the Continue ReadingHOA Experts working for consumers

Illinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to Chicago attorney Norman Lerum, Illinois condominium owners have the deck stacked against them when it comes to resolving civil disputes with their condo associations. Even in cases where it can be proven that a condo board has failed to meet its fiduciary duty, owners cannot recover their expenses for legal fees. When a condo owner is faced with damages caused by the board’s actions or failure to Continue ReadingIllinois Legislature fails to consider legal protections for condo owners

Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help with HOA problems. What can you do when things go wrong with your HOA? It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for its major stakeholders, it is very loosely regulated – if regulated at all – for housing Continue ReadingWhere can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?