With the holiday season upon us, many Associations are receiving numerous packages each day. As a result, the December and January months typically produce more waste and recycling than normal. With that in mind, there is an easy way for property managers to prevent Associations from being sued by the City of Chicago for violations of the municipal code relating to waste removal.

One of the most common citations Associations receive is for violating section 7-28-261(B) of the municipal code for refuse improperly stacked again, piled on, or overflowing from the dumpster or refuse container. This sort of violation is generated when garbage is either overflowing from the refuse container to the point where the lid cannot close, or is stacked on top of, or leaning against the outside of the container. Oftentimes, dumpsters are overflowing around the holidays.

One way to prevent a lawsuit is for property managers to remind unit owners to break down all boxes they are disposing of so that they take up less space. If a dumpster is already overflowing, it may be best to wait until the next pickup date so that the Association is not cited by the City. This particular violation carries fines of up to $500, plus attorneys’ fees, and can be easily avoided.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding City of Chicago ordinance violations, do not hesitate to contact Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit at 855-537-0550 or visit our website at www.ksnlaw.com.