When it comes to disputes, a common question many association members have is whether there are specific laws or statutes that govern how disputes between condo owners are handled in Illinois.
Because condo associations and HOAs operate much like mini-governments, they need to have policies in place to help the association function efficiently and in the best interest of its community members. While associations must abide by the Illinois Condominium Property Act (ICPA), they are also governed by their own internal rules and regulations, which become particularly important in the event of a dispute. Condo board members oversee these important documents, including the condominium declaration, bylaws, and rules and regulations of the association.
How to Handle Condo Owner Disputes
Each condo association will have its own set of documents that govern how disputes are handled. If an issue between condo owners arises, the condo board should refer to its governing documents as well as the state’s Condominium Property Act.
In general, if the issue is a personal one between two owners, the board should stay out of the conflict, but if the issue infringes upon the community, then the board may need to intervene.
If the association does need to get involved in an issue between two owners, it is always prudent for the board to refer to their association’s rules & regulations before responding, and confer with a community association attorney before acting on behalf of the association.
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