Common Interest Podcast
Dust Off your Reserve Study

Dust Off your Reserve Study

November 19, 2019

Corinne Billingsley from Reserve Advisors discusses what is included in a reserve study, how an association can use it as a planning tool, and what common mistakes associations make when reviewing their reserve study.

Condo Deconversion Convo

Condo Deconversion Convo

November 5, 2019

Adam Kahn from Levenfeld Pearlstein shares stories about condominium associations that have been converted to apartments in the recent deconversion trend. Learn more about what condo associations can do to either prevent a deconversion or ensure their owners get the best possible deal.

Community Association Manager Licensing

Community Association Manager Licensing

October 15, 2019

Cheryl Murphy, Executive Director of CAI Illinois, discusses the common questions we receive about the CAM license in Illinois. From the M-100 to the CMCA Exam and finally the CAM License, Cheryl guides us step-by-step through this sometimes confusing process.

What Makes a Lease?

What Makes a Lease?

October 1, 2019

Nick Porter from Keay & Costello shares a story about a condominium association with a covenant disallowing unit rental and requiring owner occupancy. When they find the unit in question is owned by a corporation and occupied by an employee, things get more complicated.

22.1 Disclosures in Condo Associations

22.1 Disclosures in Condo Associations

September 17, 2019

Kerry Bartell from Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit shares an overview of section 22.1 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act requiring disclosures from Associations to prospective buyers, including some stories on how to avoid potential pitfalls.

New Roof Still Leaks

New Roof Still Leaks

September 3, 2019

Mark Waldman from Waldman Engineering Consultants shares a story about an association that had a complete roof tear off and replacement only six months ago, but is once again having problems with leaks. Listen to find out how root causes can sometimes fly under the radar and come back to undermine your projects.

Communication Lightning Round

Communication Lightning Round

August 20, 2019

Tom Purrazzo from Hillcrest Property Management joins us for a lightning round on communication in associations. Topics include conflict de-escalation, neighbor disputes, trash management, changes to assessments, and vendor selection. Listen in for Tom's perspective on how communication is key to association leadership.

Is the Cannabis Act Unleashing Reefer Madness on your Association?

Is the Cannabis Act Unleashing Reefer Madness on your Association?

July 16, 2019

Nicholas Bartzen from Altus Legal returns to the show for a discussion of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act set to take effect on January 1, 2020. The Cannabis Act contains an addition to the ILCPA allowing condo associations to prohibit combustion of cannabis in units. Tune in to this episode to learn more about what the legalization of recreational marijuana means for your association.

Is it an Emotional Support Animal?

Is it an Emotional Support Animal?

June 25, 2019

Laura Marinelli from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP shares a story about a puppy that was identified as a "Pet" to the Condo Association, which suddenly became an "Emotional Support Animal" when he exceeded the Association's weight restriction for pets. The request for accommodation seemed to have some red flags. Hear how the board handled this difficult situation.

Balcony Project Requires Special Assessment

Balcony Project Requires Special Assessment

June 4, 2019

Brian Butler from FirstService Residential shares a story about a high-rise condo building in Chicago with a large, urgent project the board had not anticipated. Hear how they made and communicated their decision for a special assessment.