Condominium Association Litigation

Condominium ownership is intertwined with property management. A condo owner must be vigilant in protecting his or her fundamental contract rights — rights that have continued to erode in the last 50 years.

The nature of the property management industry is such that many condominium homeowners face subpar property maintenance. Failure to maintain property adversely influences individual condo owners and the value of their property, and they often have no choice but to bring legal action against condo associations and property management companies. As an individual homeowner, this can be a challenging undertaking. It is crucial to retain representation from an experienced lawyer.

Norman J. Lerum, P.C., represents homeowners within condominium associations whose rights have been compromised due to wrongful conduct on the part of management companies and condominium boards. As a skillful litigator and trial attorney, he has protected the interests of clients throughout the Chicago, Cook County and surrounding areas for more than 39 years.

Among other notable cases, Norman Lerum represented the condominium owner in Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Lisa Carlson, 2014 IL 115342 (2014), a landmark Illinois Supreme Court decision. In the companion case, Lisa Carlson v. Spanish Court Two Condominium Association , Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois, Case No. 10 AR 2723, Mr. Lerum was able to achieve a $208,000 judgment in favor of the condominium unit owner against the condominium association and the president of the association, who was found guilty of malicious conduct and breach of fiduciary duty.

Another recent case of note is Dickens-Hudson Association v. Susan Proffitt, 15 M1 710961, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Mr. Lerum obtained a jury verdict on behalf of the defendant, a condominium unit owner, in defense of a forcible entry and detainer action brought by a condominium association for unpaid boiler-related expenses.

Mr. Lerum aggressively pursues litigation and other dispute resolution options for issues related to:

  • Failure to uphold agreements between property owners and property managers or property owners and condominium boards
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Violations of covenants
  • Construction defects
  • Unpaid fee collections
  • Foreclosures
  • Evictions
  • Condominium regulations and compliance

Our Role In Shaping Illinois Legislation On Condominium Law

Mr. Lerum prepared preliminary drafts of proposed amendments to the Illinois Condominium Property Act that were presented before the House of Representatives in spring 2016. These amendments are designed to enhance the rights of condominium owners. They include:

A report on the stalled bill from Loop North News can be found here.

Arrange an appointment to discuss your case. Norman J. Lerum, P.C., can be reached online or by telephone at 312-782-1087. The firm is located in Chicago, Illinois, and serves clients throughout the region.