Can condo owners rent out rooms in there property?

Asked by sheenalgibbs, Chicago, IL Mon Dec 17, 2012

I live in a 3bedroom condo where two rooms have been illegally converted into bedrooms to bring the total to five. ther owner does not live there and has a "property manager" living in th ehous e collecting rent from everyone

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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Mon Dec 17, 2012
To my knowledge if the unit has illegal conversions is just that ILLEGAL.

The owner seems to have turned their unit into a complex all it;s own.

You may want to find somewhere else to live. This is not a legal or goood situation.

Best of luck to you.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Pete Burke, Agent, Schaumburg, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
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The association has the power to force compliance with the rules and regulations - including building code violations like construction without a building permit.. A note to the association board of directors will give them the ability to correct the situation.
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Brady Miller, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
That sounds pretty shady, and I imagine it goes against association rules.
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Sounds kind of odd. If its a condo I would check with the association. I can't imagine this could be allowed.
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Darrell Hess, Agent, Asheville, NC
Thu Dec 20, 2012
Every condo has their own rules, regulations and covenants that should outline what you can and can not do in this situation. Also, keep in mind that not everyone plays by the rules.
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Evelyn S. Fr…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Dec 20, 2012
Hello Sheena,

Check your condo rules & regulations. Most condo buildings require every tenant be screened and pay a move in/out fee.

Your landlord may be seriously violating not only condo rules/regs but city ordinance also.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Dec 19, 2012
Most condos prohibit one of the following activities:

1. Renting less than the entire unit - i.e., renting rooms out
2. Renting for less an a 30-day period.

City codes restrict the minimum size of bedrooms.

All the best,
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Ivan Sagel, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Dec 19, 2012
Sheena,

This doesn't sound like a good set up. There is no law against having a roommate, but it sounds like you are talking about code violations. Is this an individually owned condo or does the owner own the whole building? City code requires that the contact info for the management company be posted on the exterior front of the building.

Best of luck,

Ivan Sagel
312.515.7823
Ivan@atproperties.com
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
I am not sure I fully understand the situation. Is there a homeowners association for the building?
That's your first step, either read the association docs you must have a copy of when you first moved in
So depending what their rules are, and then what the Rogers Park / City of Chicago additional occupation rules are, you will be able to find out if the situation is legal or needs some changes.
But start with the association....

Otherwise a call to the city will answer your question and concern I assume...
Good luck to you.

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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
Sheena,

The city of Chicago and the state have additional laws on the book. It sounds like the Sheena,
owner of the building is running a mini SRO out of his or her condo. SRO must be licensed and are subject to both city and state tax on all monies collected. The number of bedrooms the condo is not the issue but the usage of the condo is. Likewise, the Condominium Association may have rules and regulation preventing such a business within the building. Contact the condo association. Also, another easy call is 311 and speak to the city. They will connect you to the right city department that has knowledge of these housing situation.

Best of Luck,

Manuel Brown, Broker
iMove Chicago
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Joe Schiller, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
if the owners says it is ok and it's not a night to night thing..
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Riccardo War…, Agent, Bolingbrook, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
Check your hoa agreement. If it does not specifically forbid it, then yes. If you are good with the people on the board, they can even grant you an exception. Go to one of the meetings and bring some jack Daniels laden egg nog and wish them all cheers! Never hurts to try. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Sean Cochran
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Philip Sencer, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
You need to speak with the condo board. They all have rules and if there is no rule against it they can create one if they want.
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David Hanna, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
You need to bring this up with your HOA board, and if you have the resources, engage an attorney familiar with condominium issues and get their opinion based on your condo rules and docs.
Has anyone approached the owner with their concerns? Although it does not sound promising, much time, energy and hassle might be avoided with a simple letter and conversation.
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Anyone who lives in a condo must abide by the association rules.
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JIM Michaels, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
sounds like a legal situation for best advise call Jim Schutlz attorney at 773 680 7426
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Jack Lewitz, Agent, Lincolnwood, IL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Amy condo owners have roommates that share and pay rent. Some condo associations may have rules against such arrangements do you should check with them
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