No. There could be issues with big-ticket items like the roof, the foundation or a furnace that the seller is unaware of. Hire a licensed professional inspector to do a thorough inspection before you sign the contract. Your lawyer can help you resolve any issues that arise.
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Only if your lease states you must be notified. The new owner would have to live up to the terms of your lease with the original landlord before tearing the building down. If the owner fails to respect your rights as a tenant, you could take the case to court.
While woodstoves can be used in Illinois, the type of materials that may be burned as a fuel and the manner in which such stoves may be operated are limited to the fuels and maintenance procedures specified by the manufacturer of the stove. Local governments have the authority to adopt ordinances limiting or prohibiting this type of activity.
Homeowners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. In general, a property owner is not obligated to remove a natural accumulation of snow and ice; voluntarily undertaking its removal can leave the owner subject to liability if the removal leads to a slip-and-fall accident. However, some towns do have an ordinance requiring landowners to remove ice and snow from public sidewalks in front of their property. Check with your local municipality about the laws in your area.
A recent Illinois Appellate Court ruling overturned the decision of a lower court on this matter. Historically, the courts have favored the associations, but in this instance, it said the association was duty-bound to repair and maintain the common elements and that the owner therefore had the right to withhold association fees. Condominium boards must now be more careful to carry out their responsibilities as outlined in the governing documents.