Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Sayzme

Association blocked access to boiler for a City of Chicago inspection

9 posts in this topic

I live in a 10 unit condo in Chicago. The common basement area contaiins the boiler which provides hot water to all units. The main water shutoff for all units is near the boiler. All unit's electric breakers are in the common basement. The storage units for all units are in the common basement. As an owner I'm trying to qualify for the CHA housing voucher program. I had an initial inspection which found many issues in my unit and the common basement area. I've fixed all the issues in my unit. I've pointed out the code violations to the Management company & board. They fixed some items. The code violations related to the boiler remain. I had a followup inspection today and to my surprise, the association locked the doors of the common basement area to prevent inspection access. No access to storage, electric breakers, main water shutoff, etc. If a breaker trips and my heat goes off, I can't turn my heat on in the middle of winter. I failed the inspection because there was no access to the boiler. Until the boiler is checked I can't pass and get into the program. I'm losing rental income because of these actions. What recourse do I have against the Management company & board?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let me start by saying that I have no clue what the "CHA housing voucher program" is or how the events you described are causing you to "los[e] rental income."

With that said, it is unlikely that your condo board/management company has any obligation to assist you in your efforts. Whether unfettered access to the basement is required depends entirely on the terms of the condo association by-laws and any other governing documents.

When you called the condo board/managment to report that the basement was locked and ask that it be unlocked ASAP, what response did you receive?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The CHA voucher program provides affordable housing to low-income families to rent quality housing in the private market via federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I rung the doorbell of a board member, he ignored me after he found out it was me. The managment company did not respond.

There must to be access to the common basement otherwise how would an owner access his/her storage unit and electrical panel?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There must to be access to the common basement otherwise how would an owner access his/her storage unit and electrical panel?

The implication here is that it is logical that you should have access to the basement. With that I agree, but it's irrelevant. The only relevant question is whether the by-laws and other governing documents give you that access.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The implication here is that it is logical that you should have access to the basement. With that I agree, but it's irrelevant. The only relevant question is whether the by-laws and other governing documents give you that access.

The by-laws do not have specific language allowing or preventing access to the basement. Similarly, the by-laws do not have specific language allowing or preventing access to building entrances, walkways, backyard, back porches, hallways, staircases and garbage dumpsters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The by-laws do not have specific language allowing or preventing access to the basement. Similarly, the by-laws do not have specific language allowing or preventing access to building entrances, walkways, backyard, back porches, hallways, staircases and garbage dumpsters.

What are you waiting for? Buy one of these:

http://www.homedepot...1&storeId=10051

http://www.homedepot...1&storeId=10051

The 36" ought to work on just about anything.

But the 48" makes you king.

Cheaper than a lawyer.

And if it's not a padlock there are other ways to get in to where you are entitled to be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0