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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What can a condo board do about personal items in common areas?

Q. We have an absent owner who no longer lives in the building but has rented out his unit.  We have been after him for several months to get his stuff cleaned up from the storage area that is common space and put into his assigned area of 4' x 6'. He has ignored all requests.

Can a spouse vote for an absent condo board member?

Q. We have an ongoing dispute in our condominium association. Can a board member's spouse (who is on the deed) vote for that absent board member?