Q. I am thinking about buying a condo in Chicago in which many renovations have been done to the plumbing and electric. If the renovations were done to the condo 5-8 years ago, would there have been City of Chicago permits issued if the work was done in accordance to the codes? 

Would these permits still be on record with the City?

A. Generally, the City's Department of Buildings maintains permit records and issues permits.  The City once

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Can an association charge a separate fee to owners who rent out their units?

Q. We have a number of owners who are renting out their units in our small condo building.  The board has decided to charge a separate monthly fee to owners who rent.  Is this allowable?

A buyer wants to add a washer/dryer to the unit. Can the board prevent this?

Q. An owner is selling her unit and a prospective buyer has asked if she can vent the existing dryer through the wall, and if a washer/dryer can be installed into the existing pantry.