2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

How to Acquire Roof Rights?

I live in a 3 flat building where the undeveloped roof is deeded as a common element to all three unit owners in the building in the bylaws. I'm interested in acquiring the roof rights to install a deck, however, I am unsure how to approach the situation. Will the other unit owners require compensation? If so, how much? An attorney would have to amend bylaws..I would have to get permits/appraisal for roof development, which I also do not know the cost. Just curious if anyone else has undertaken this process and had an idea of what's involved and what the typical return on investment is for a roof deck buildout

  • LD

    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're...

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    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're on the 3rd floor and don't want to deal with people above you, I have a feeling this is going to cost much more than the value it will bring to the unit. You'd also be responsible for maintenance and snow removal and likely any roof issues could be blamed on the decking and then you're 100% responsible for those too. I think you're looking at a 6-figure deck over the course of a few years.

  • fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you...

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    fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you have an easier argument for why they should agree to have the bylaws amended to sign the roof rights over to you.

    Approaching the other owners to buy the roof rights carries the likelihood that one agrees and the other holds out for top dollar

Aug 16

Updated Aug 21

What do we do to get our streets fixed?

It's been many months since winter and streets still have 6" deep potholes. It's dangerous for bikers and damages cars. I've called 311 for the deep holes I've found within a few blocks of my house with no results. Guess they only care about new speed cameras, red light and street cleaning tickets.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    I suggest getting some neighbors together, taking up a collection, buy some fill @ Home Depot and fill the holes yourselves. Calling in the local news media to get some footage is a good idea too. Sometimes, we need to make some public noise to garner exposure to these simple problems that our taxes are supposed to cover.You could make a block party out of it, and meet your neighbors too!

  • Aislin

    Love that idea, J. Theo!

Aug 14

California ave traffic noise compounded...

The construction next to the trail at appx 1800N has added a few poorly placed pieces of large metal in the road that compound the traffic noise, day and night.

Asking for help to report to 311, as I already have, and get it fixed - we'd like the young ones to sleep this weekend!!

THANK YOU EVERYBLOCK!

Jul 29

Updated Aug 02

Garbage Scavenger

Hi, all - Just looking for some advice about how to deal with a guy who repeatedly goes through our alley dumpster at 3 am. He throws so much trash on the ground that our neighbor was fined by the city, and the noise is bad enough to wake us. We don't want to padlock it because our 6 units share our dumpster and it would be a huge pain to everyone. He does it all the way down the alley. Similar issue? Ideas?

  • Can anybody. Tell me how I could post about my missi NGO black and white shorthair cat. Near Albany and belden

  • when you post here you should click post, see a category and click the one called pets. post this there. include photo of pet. that helps a lot.
    also post in lost and found on craigslist
    https://chicago.craigslist.org/laf/
    contact vets and shelters nearest to you. there's also a lost cats illinois...

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    when you post here you should click post, see a category and click the one called pets. post this there. include photo of pet. that helps a lot.
    also post in lost and found on craigslist
    https://chicago.craigslist.org/laf/
    contact vets and shelters nearest to you. there's also a lost cats illinois to post on https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois
    and tabby tracker
    http://www.tabbytracker.com/lost-cats.php?citystate=Chicago|IL
    but low tech flyers with pix to put in your neighbors' doors and on corner posts are your best bet. paws has a good how to
    http://www.pawschicago.org/finding-a-lost-pet/
    it is urgent you call animal control as they only keep found pets a few days...
    if cat is not used to being outside he may just be hiding nearby. look in nearby hiding spots with flashlight looking for eye reflection. if he's out a lot, he may come back. put some of his (used) cat litter outside your door or on edge of your property so he can find his sent to find his way back.

Jul 26

Updated Jul 26

Found dog

We found this friendly guy in the ally this morning. He has vaccination tags, but no owner #. Please contact me if you have any information

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