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The Condominium Form Of Ownership

In Alabama, contractors and subcontractors performing work involving common elements of the condominium at the request and direction of a condominium association should be aware of unique laws applicable to their lien rights...more

Appellate Court Opines On Propriety Of Communications Between Condominium Board Members

On the heels of the long-awaiting reversal of the Spanish Courts II appellate decision, condominium associations have been hit again with a First District Appellate Court ruling which has the potential to drastically impact...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Condominium Associations Collecting Delinquent Assessments

On March 20, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court published its court ruling in Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Lisa Carlson, 2014 IL 115342, which reversed a lower court’s opinion that a unit owner may raise as a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Forcible Entry Remedy, Reversing in Spanish Court Two Condominium

One of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket was handed down this morning, and it was a big win for Illinois condominium associations: a sharply divided Court reversed the...more

Spanish Court Two Condominium and Three Other Civil Opinions on Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it expects to file opinions in four civil cases on Thursday morning, March 20. Among the new opinions will be one of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the court’s advisement...more

What's Pending on the Illinois Supreme Court's Advisement Docket?

As we near the opening of the March docket, it's time to take a look at the civil cases that are argued and pending for decision before the Illinois Supreme Court. The Court is quite up-to-date on its docket at the moment,...more

Drones And HOAs: How Homeowners Associations And Condominium Associations Can Be Prepared To Deal With The New Technology

Amazon.com’s recent announcement – that in the future it may utilize unmanned drones to deliver packages to individual residences – has created a host of novel legal issues that all homeowners associations should consider and...more

Lender Liability for Assessments in Florida

Foreclosing lenders in Florida frequently take title to properties that are subject to homeowners' and condominium association assessments. Just as frequently, the newly-titled lender is presented with a bill from the...more

Elizabeth White Quoted By Virginia Lawyers Weekly Regarding Virginia House Bill 791

Elizabeth L. White, the leader of LeClairRyan’s national Community Association Industry Team, was recently contacted by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and asked to weigh in on pending legislation in the form of Virginia House Bill...more

Statute Amended To Permit Late Fees

Section 55-79.83 of the Virginia Condominium Act was amended in the 2013 legislative session to permit condominium associations to impose late fees of up to 5 percent for assessments that are not paid within 60 days of the...more

Rules for rewarding 'super' condo board members [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff discusses the way in which "super" board members who go above and beyond the call of duty could be compensated for their extra service. Howard is a partner in the...more

Condo Water Invasion: Potential Medical Liability? [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff on how condo owners may address concerns arising from water infiltration in their homes. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld...more

How to Deal with Delinquent Condo Board Members [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff explains why you are out of luck if your condo board member doesn't pay up. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC....more

Florida Appeals Court Holds “Your Product” Exclusion Bars Does Not Apply to Altered Products Not Transformed Into “New Products”

On September 4, 2013, a Florida appellate court reversed, in part, a final summary judgment ruling that Liberty Mutual has to pay its insured, MI Windows and Doors, Inc. for the $3.4 million that MI paid to settle several...more

Collections Options Regarding Owners Who Fail To Pay Their Assessments

How should a homeowners association or a condominium association deal with an owner who fails to pay his dues or assessments? There are three main remedies that associations have under Virginia law: (1) file a lawsuit against...more

Toronto Star Urges Faster Protection For Condominium Owners

As we reported last week, Ontario is working to introduce mandatory qualifications for condominium managers. ...more

Requiring Mandatory Qualifications For Condominium Managers

On July 18, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services issued a news release confirming that Ontario is working to introduce mandatory qualifications for condominium managers. ...more

Pennsylvania Amendments Give Condo Developers More Time To Finish Projects

In response to a challenging residential real estate market, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently signed an amendment to two state laws governing the development of condominiums and planned communities to give...more

Florida Appellate Court Clarifies Knowledge Base for Corporate Representative Deponents

On March 20, 2013, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an opinion clarifying the procedure for designating, and producing, a corporate representative for deposition pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure...more

Condo Adviser: Adjacent Development Rights and Objections [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff on how association and unit owners may address concerns over adjacent developments, and the likelihood they could object....more

Reserve Funds: Purposes and Common Mistakes  [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff breaks down assessments and reserves, and some crucial factors behind both. ...more

Court Of Appeal Makes Condominium Association Foreclosures More Costly

The Third District Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that is a game changer for third-party purchasers of condominium units at foreclosure sales. The Third District’s opinion in Aventura Management, LLC v. Spiaggia...more

Divided Supreme Court Upholds Chicago Condo Association Ordinance

Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court filed its long-awaited opinion in Palm v. 2800 Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association. Although on its face, Palm relates only to the enforceability of a Chicago city ordinance on...more

How to run a condominium meeting

Are you the Director of a Condo Association or Condo Board? Efficiently and effectively running a Board Meeting can be harder than it sounds. To ensure you are making the most of everyone’s time, follow these easy tips. As...more

Economic Loss Rule Now Applies Only in the Products Liability Context

Upon emphasizing and reaffirming its concern with the over-expansion of the economic loss rule, the Supreme Court of Florida recently rendered a decision in Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Co., Inc....more

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