If you ever doubted that shoddy condo development is a problem, listen to this wonderful broadcast by WBEZ's Ashley Gross.

Since starting IHMD, I've heard from numerous people who are in or have been in the same boat with bad developers.  

Everyone has a similar tale of woe.

Unfortunately most of us discover too late that shoddy development is not a criminal offense.  Furthermore, by the time you figure out a clear course of action, you are financially on the hook for your developer's negligence.

The city should find a way to continue to go after bad real estate developers as well present workable solutions for associations to achieve code compliance.

The present system only penalizes without consideration of the circumstances.

If you aren't familiar with the term "certificate of occupancy" I strongly suggest that you avoid city building inspectors like the plague.

Don't let them near your property.

In the event your building is cited for violations---fix them---quickly.  Arrange for a reinspection and then get that inspector away from the other areas of the building as quickly as possible. 

The inspector may find other costly violations that could potentially sink your association's budget.

You do NOT want any parts of that drama.

Yet I will say one thing about Mary Feeney's comments in the WBEZ piece, I also feel that the city let me down.

I've said for quite some time consumer protections are non-existent for condo owners.

As a result---maybe not next year and maybe not in five years---buyers may stop considering making this wonderful city their home. 

The city will go back to the same population and tax crises that they experienced in the 70's and 80's.  Throw in the almost daily political scandals and you've got a recipe for an urban ghost town.

C'mon Department of Buildings, there's got to be a way we can work this out?

Can't we all just get along?


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  • Thanks for the shout-out!

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