As a condominium unit owner you realize that managing your condominium association is a responsibility shared by all owners. Yet if you are like most owners, you have probably not had any formal training in this most important responsibility. This can result in frustration, confusion, and a difficult process for all.
The rights of condominium unit owners are derived from a complex series of laws, regulations and individual governing documents. These multiple laws and regulations are difficult to navigate and comprehend. Disputes regarding transparency, finances, board elections, management decisions, rules and regulations and other issues between residents and other boards are all too common.
Lakeside Community Development Corporation is the only non-profit organization in the Chicago region to provide education and technical assistance services to condominium owners and boards. Our goal is to help condominium associations foster strong and inclusive communities and to ensure that common interest communities remain an affordable and viable option for low- and moderate-income households.
Group workshops: Lakeside offers workshops several times per month on a range of different topics. Each workshop is led by one or more knowledgeable housing professionals, who typically provide presentations, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Workshops have an affordable cost $15 per person, which includes all materials and handouts.
Webinars: To increase the accessibility of our services, we now offer some of our workshops in the form of online webinars. Webinars generally last 60-90 minutes and are led by experienced housing professionals. Webinars include power point presentations, with question-and-answer periods. Webinars have a low cost of $15 per person.
Technical Assistance: Sometimes, unit owners have specific questions and do not want to attend a workshop to get the answer, for us that is not a problem. Our knowledgeable staff can answer most questions or find someone who can at generally no cost for simple technical assistance. However, if the questions are more complex or if there are more questions than can be answered in a simple E-mail or phone conversation, we may ask you to purchase a block of technical assistance services. The cost of technical assistance services is $25 per hour, purchased in 2-hour minimum blocks. Technical assistance time can also be used for 1x1 sessions with staff at our office.
Fee-for-service training: We provide training to associations through our popular "4 Cs: The Basics" workshop. Other times, an association may need help with a very specific issue, such as preparing for developer turnover or monitoring a board election. For associations with specific training needs, we offer fee-for-service. Each training session is set up following a free consultation to evaluate your needs and to inform whether we are the right group for you or help you find someone who is more appropriate. The cost for fee-for-service training varies depending on the location. For training conducted at our office the cost is $50 per hour for up to 5 persons, for each additional person we charge $25. If we come to your location the cost is $75 per hour for up to 5 persons, for each additional person we charge $25. Other charges may apply depending on the training, materials and/or travel charges.
In addition to these services, Lakeside also maintains
- An online discussion board, where you can post questions and receive answers from staff and from other visitors.
- A property listing page where you can view and post free ads for units for sale or rent.
- We have an e-newsletter, which we use to provide updates on different topics, such as legislation impacting condominium associations and our schedule of events.
- We have different information materials in a resource library, provided by the Community Associations Institute, at our office in Rogers Park. You are welcome to come and browse the selection.
There are limits to what we can provide because we are not attorneys, and we do not provide legal services. However we can refer you to one of our contacts.
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Last updated on 11/2011