Condo Window Covering Rules in the Windy City

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S.M. from Chicago writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

In Illinois, can a condo association limit the colors or type of window coverings (drapes or blinds)?  If they can limit colors would the association have to provide them?

Mister Condo replies:

S.M., thanks for writing from Chicago. I am not an attorney nor am I an expert in Illinois law on common interest communities in your state. However, as a general rule, condominiums have rules about what is and isn’t allowed for window decorations which can include drapes and/or blinds. The Board of Directors is responsible for all areas of architectural compliance which may include window treatments depending on your condo documents which you should refer to for a more detailed answer. When you purchased your condo you did agree to abide by the rules of the association which would appear to include your window treatments. I am unaware of any condominium that provides window coverings so my guess is that you are responsible for the cost whatever you decide to do. All the best!

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