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New Higher Majority Requirement for Condominium Deconversions in Chicago: Here's What You Need to Know

Chicago Passes New Legislation Effective Immediately

On September 18, 2019, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance that increases the percentage of owners required to approve the sale of a condominium building in the City. The ordinance, introduced by Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward), increases the required unit owner vote on a deconversion condominium sale to 85% of unit owners, up from the 75% currently required in the rest of the state under the Illinois Condominium Property Act.

A condominium “deconversion” generally occurs in connection with a bulk sale of condominium units to a single purchaser who then converts them into rental apartments. Deconversions have been on the rise in Chicago over the past five years with dozens of condominium properties having been deconverted by developers and investors.

The topic of condominium deconversions in Chicago is  increasingly debated  with proponents of the ordinance  arguing it will help protect long-term residents from being forced to sell. Having represented condominium developers and deconverters, HMB expects the new ordinance will significantly slow the number of deconversions in Chicago.

What You Need to Know

  • The ordinance is effective as of September 18, 2019
  • Not less than 85% or more of unit owners in a Chicago condominium building must vote in favor of deconversion for the sale of the entire building to be approved
  • The Illinois Condominium Property Act still sets the threshold at 75% for the rest of the state, however Chicago has home-rule authority which preempts this state law
  • Owners who vote against the sale may be entitled to certain proceeds from the sale, including the value of the owner’s interest and reimbursement for relocation costs
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Kristin Dunlap Real Estate Attorney HMB

Kristin is a partner in HMB’s Real Estate Group. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, development, leasing and finance matters.

Kristin helps real estate owners, developers, investors and users fulfill their business vision by diving deep into the details and efficiently driving projects over the finish line. Kristin works on acquisitions, dispositions and financing of several property types, including shopping centers, condominium properties, offices, apartment buildings, hotels and raw or distressed land for...

David Sachs Real Estate Lawyer HMB Law Firm
Real Estate Chair

David is a partner at HMB and the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group. He focuses his practice on helping clients purchase, sell, develop, lease, manage, finance and construct all types of property, including industrial, mixed-use, multifamily, commercial, office and vacant land sites. His practice extends to environmentally-challenged and financially distressed properties.

With over 30 years of experience in real estate, David’s clients include real estate developers, investors, property managers and entrepreneurs as well as wealthy individuals and closely-held companies with real estate interests or related matters.



As general counsel for a real estate holding company, David personally negotiated contracts with general contractors, subcontractors and vendors and supervised construction projects in the field.  He also negotiated leases directly with the tenants and handled day to day tenant relationship and property management issues. This hands on experience allows him to provide practical advice to clients with construction and landlord tenant related issues.

David also has extensive experience representing restaurant owners, operators and chefs in establishing, purchasing, selling and leasing restaurants. He also regularly advises his clients regarding the contracts, licensing, endorsement and distribution agreements which accompany these ventures. His real estate and corporate experience allows him to play a key role in assisting his clients with their restaurant-related matters.

Corporate and Litigation Background

David’s practice reaches well beyond that of a typical real estate attorney. Since the beginning of his career, and in particular while serving as general counsel for a manufacturing company, he has represented many individuals and closely-held companies with their business formation, day to day business issues and purchase and sale of companies. He also handles litigation involving real estate contracts, property and construction disputes, landlord-tenant cases, foreclosure and mechanic’s lien matters.

David’s clients trust that no matter how complex their projects become, they can depend on him for efficiency and practical advice while ensuring their unique needs and goals are always paramount. Clients rely on David’s counsel for their overall business decisions and strategies.