Condominium/Community Association Representation

The Condominium and Community Association practice area of SFBBG encompasses the full range of legal needs of condominium associations, common interest communities, residential cooperatives, and all other forms of community associations. Our clientele is comprised primarily of professionally managed condominiums, homeowner, and co-operative associations located in the City of Chicago, Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties, lenders and developers, and other real estate and construction-related entities. We handle both litigation and transactional matters.

Our attorneys have recognized expertise, experience and industry leadership in this area. We assist our clients to efficiently and legally operate their associations, identify and manage risks, and, when necessary, pursue legal remedies by judicial, arbitration or other methods of dispute resolution. We are known for creative problem solving and strategic counselling. Legal advice is always supplemented by practical, real world considerations.

Client Services

Enforcement of Association’s Rights
Enforcement of association’s rights under mixed use development agreements such as reciprocal easement agreements and expense sharing arrangements.
Developer Transition Services
Developer transition services, including enforcement of association’s rights to documents, funds and accounting by developer as required by law, and resolution of claims against developer for construction deficiencies and other misconduct
Defense
Defense against claims by employees, unit owners and residents alleging illegal discrimination, breach of fiduciary duty and other misconduct.
Witness Consultation
Provide expert witness consultation on condominium law and practice.
Loans
Negotiation and documentation of loans taken by association for major projects.
Easement
Enforcement of easement and other property rights against adjacent property owners.
Collection
Collection of delinquent assessments and related action in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings.
Contract Review and Documentation
Contract review and documentation (such as, management, construction, laundry room, roof top antenna, common element alteration, cable or satellite TV, broadband bulk internet, vendor, and commercial space lease agreement).
Prepare and Review
Prepare and review rules and regulations.
Expertise

Review and updating of declaration and by-laws to comply with current requirements of the Illinois Condominium Property Act.

Step by Step Guidance
Document preparation and step by step guidance to amend declaration and by-laws.
Advice & Guidance

Advice and guidance on the full range of legal questions on powers, duties, requirements and operations of board of directors, such as association v. unit owner maintenance responsibilities, insurance obligations, use of common facilities, handling resident misconduct, election procedures, budget and assessment requirements and governing document interpretation.

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Litigation

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Real Estate

Our attorneys are trusted counsel and business advisors with a broad range of real estate expertise to serve the firm’s sophisticated clientele.

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