Illinois condominium, homeowners association legislative updates (March 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several 2018 Illinois bills, and angst over homeowner protections enacted in 2017, are stirring up controversy in Chicago and statewide. HB 5126 / SB3165 Last year, state law (Public Act 100-0292) was amended to provide condo unit owner access to contact information of co-owners, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails, for the limited purposes of conducting or discussing association business. Some condo owners and community association attorneys objected Continue ReadingIllinois condominium, homeowners association legislative updates (March 2018)

Los Angeles condo owners face costly mandate for earthquake retrofit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California is earthquake country, and cities such as Los Angeles have seen their share of damage from seismic activity. Older multifamily structures are most vulnerable to damage, especially multistory condo and apartment buildings with tuck under garages at ground level. When earthquakes strike, it is common for the posts supporting the second story to fail, causing the entire parking garage to collapse. Although Californians can purchase earthquake insurance, it Continue ReadingLos Angeles condo owners face costly mandate for earthquake retrofit

Introducing The City HOA

The City of Pagedale, Missouri is now acting just like a homeowners association fining homeowners for the most unbelievably minor things. Source: Introducing The City HOA