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There are 35 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 26, 2007, titled Problem Solver helps a cancer patient avoid condo-association p.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

There are days when Blossom Fefer's ailments get the best of her, when she struggles to find the energy to get out of her condo.

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give me a break

Lake Zurich, IL

#1 Dec 26, 2007
Just another reason to live where there are no associations who run rampant. Sounds too much like the wild west to me. And personally, I feel that board president is lying about the janitor story AND she shouldn't have been trying to determine what was in the package. If she knew her neighbor was sick she should have been the bigger person and brought the package to her neighbor. It's not like it would have been going out of her way. What a bunch of nasty old people they have portrayed themselves as. Give me a break and get a life and a conscience!
Darkwater

North Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 26, 2007
Reason 151 Why Condos are not good purchase!

Since: Oct 07

Sparta, Tn.

#3 Dec 26, 2007
I am so glad that I don't live in a condo. You can't flush the toilet without somebody fining you about it. And what's with this janitor? He hangs Christmas lights or decorations all day and he has to sleep? What does he do all night?
When living in a condo you can't hang pictures, you can't fly the American flag, you can't have people over for dinner or a card game without permission from some stupid association board. What is this? Natzi Germany back in the day? Why do people want to live like this? Other people telling them what they can do and can't do. I just don't get it. But I am glad that the board dropped everything. They should not have even considered fining her and having her pay legal fees.
Brian

Palm Springs, CA

#4 Dec 26, 2007
A former state representative, with his hand out for the $150.00 in legal "fees" clucking about the "law." (He learned from the masters!)

Two old women snipping at each other over some 25 year old argument.

Sounds like a nice building.

The Tribune should publish the addresses and pictures of these people to shame them (if that's possible.)
FlynnMD

La Habra, CA

#5 Dec 26, 2007
This guy is slime. Everything described is his unique M.O. Levin runs the clock like its on steroids. No other condo association lawyer or group acts like this. He's created untold misery at Marina City where the buddy President sets him loose on everyone. He has kept people for running for the Board there, or seeing what he's charging. Everything is a potential lawsuit to him (probably this comment, too)
The latest garbage is noted on the website:( www.marinacityonline.com ), where he and the Board seem to feel they have sole rights to the IMAGE of Marina City.
Can't anyone get this guy sanctioned?

Since: Nov 07

Des Plaines, IL

#6 Dec 26, 2007
The problem is that Attorney Levin violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by forcing a person to disclose the nature of an illness. He could be held liable under the HIPAA provisions because of his insensitive actions. A person cannot be forced to disclose the nature of an illnesds, either directly or indirectly (i.e. forcing them to disclose information about a prescription). I used to work for a national drugstore chain (not at the retail level, but in their corporate offices) and even we had to take training tro insure we never violated HIPAA.
FlynnMD

La Habra, CA

#7 Dec 26, 2007
The Board President admits that a personal feud "played a role"in the the incident. Such action is harassment, creates a different class of owner in violation of the ByLaws, and because of Levins' legal costs, is a breach of Ingold's fiduciary duty to safeguard association funds. I hope Fefer seeks relief for this and the malicious aggravation of her condition.
"With good judgment, little else matters. With bad judgment, nothing else matters."
KnowsTheLaw

Frankfort, IL

#8 Dec 26, 2007
Mike is right. Maybe this woman should sue the condo board collectively and the neighbor individually -- and call the lawyer on his infraction. She could wind up OWNING the condo building.
minn1939

Chicago, IL

#9 Dec 26, 2007
These associations sometimes go over board the wrong way. Thanks to her in her health condition thats she is trying to live at home rather then in a nursing home where the tax payers would probly end up paying.
This is something the goverment is pushing is staying in you home longer as you age. it's places like this that have no concideration for their renters that should be fined.
Cynic

La Grange, IL

#10 Dec 26, 2007
Any kind of homeowner association is small town politics run amok, with a nice bit of union machine-type corruption thrown in for good measure. As an unfortunate owner of a condo, I'm starting to feel this, and vow to never again purchase property with any type of association.
Sigrid Ingold Must Go

United States

#11 Dec 26, 2007
That condo president Sigrid Ingold is the problem, compounded by the jerk attorney. What a hateful, vengeful, angry, thoughtless thing to do. What exactly is the problem: they woke up the sleepy janitor at 4 pm because he was all tired out from hanging Christmas decorations all day??? What the ??? This condo board president should resign immediately and the victim should sue the condo association.
Nicole in Savannah

Houston, TX

#12 Dec 26, 2007
I totally agree! Mr. Levin should be exposed for violating HIPAA laws. I hope someone is reading these comments and come to that tenant's aid in Chicago.
Mike B 54 wrote:
The problem is that Attorney Levin violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by forcing a person to disclose the nature of an illness. He could be held liable under the HIPAA provisions because of his insensitive actions. A person cannot be forced to disclose the nature of an illnesds, either directly or indirectly (i.e. forcing them to disclose information about a prescription). I used to work for a national drugstore chain (not at the retail level, but in their corporate offices) and even we had to take training tro insure we never violated HIPAA.
Stephanie

AOL

#13 Dec 26, 2007
Sheesh. What an absurd thing for that woman to have to go through. I'm glad the fees were waived.
Shaz Maz

United States

#14 Dec 26, 2007
As a condo resident who is a renter, I agree with everything that has been said about condo boards and their ridiculous rules. We have rules about all kinds of crazy things, down to the window treatment colors allowed (white or off-white only). It's even worse when you're a renter because you have to live with whatever the association decides to dish out without having any voice or vote at all. We put up with it, stupidity and all, because our landlord (the unit's owner) is fabulous and the rent is insanely reasonable for the amenities we get. But, boy is some of it ever dumb!
Russell

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Dec 26, 2007
I'm sure that that was a very difficult situation for an 84 year old woman who was frail, had serious mobility problems, was in bad health, and was dealing with a life-threatening disease. To expect her to sue would be unreasonable. A lawsuit is always time-consuming and can be emotionally draining. A frail elderly woman could not be expected to make several visits to her lawyer and sit in court for a few hours. Basically, there is little that she can do.

I've lived in two condos. The first was OK except for periodic noise problems from inconsiderate residents, a problem which was excerbated by inadequate soundproofing. The second had a high-handed association which treated residents like children who had to be continually threatened. It also had serious noise problems.

There are plenty of condominia around here and I'd move into a condominuim if I could be certain that the association would be reasonable and that there'd be no noise problems. But, my experience with them has not been good.
Tom

Berwyn, IL

#17 Dec 26, 2007
I've had some experience with a condo board in the past and I've come away feeling that they're populated with junior Gestapo agents. Never again!

The sad thing though is that more and more of American society is being ruled by these control freaks.
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#18 Dec 26, 2007
I feel terribly sorry for the woman's condition even though I have nothing to do with it. Getting older and having an even older mother with arthritis, a bit of everything, helps me understand the situation. Yet, she was wrong. She disturbed her friend, who didn't seem to care...but the situation was not an emergency. Waiting as many hours as she did since she first missed her meds, it really wouldn't have made much difference if she waited a few more hours.
Now I say this believing the caretaker does not have the responsibility of delivering packages when brought to him, nor totally unaware that these were meds.
Something tell me this lady is difficult to deal with and the
caretaker was punishing her. Additionally, as someone who knows someone who lives in the building I believe there is a bigger problem in this building. It has to do with age and religion...
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#19 Dec 26, 2007
It is really a strange situation because most condo's of any "class"
do not allow renters. They claim they generally trash the building and don't follow rules. Thus making the building less than desireable for the absent landlords don't push for rules that don't effect his daily life.

Actually, condos offer a lot...if the laws are fair. You can't rebuild the building, so some flaws are inherent as they are in individual housing.
Dottie

North Aurora, IL

#20 Dec 26, 2007
I think the Condo board was totally wrong...... they know the woman was old and sick...... how cruel of them to put her through that..... and how sad to put it like they are not a nursing or retirement home. hope they do not run into people like themselves when the get old......I used to live in a Condo and we knew who was having problems and we always tried to help people out....... shame on them and their attorney................
Don

Metairie, LA

#21 Dec 26, 2007
I guess that's why many people prefer small town / country living - not quite as many rules, ordnances and petty little laws. ;

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