Community Association Managers (CAMs) play a pivotal role in maintaining the smooth functioning of community associations, overseeing the financial, administrative, and maintenance needs of buildings and communities. Oftentimes, realtors and licensing agents can find themselves unknowingly acting as a CAM, and then, because of a disgruntled homeowner or competitor, they are suddenly under investigation by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”).
If you are licensed by IDFPR as a leasing agent or real estate broker, be careful not to cross the line and perform services that would require you to have a CAM license. Operating without the CAM license could result in an investigation and fines against you for not having the license and could also cause IDFPR to discipline your other primary license. If you think you may be acting as a CAM or you have been reported to IDPFR, contact us before taking any further actions.
To ensure a high standard of professionalism and competence in this field, Illinois has enacted the Community Association Manager Licensing and Disciplinary Act (225 ILCS 427/). A “Community Association Manager” is an individual involved in the administration of financial, administrative, maintenance, or other duties for a community association. This includes collecting funds, preparing budgets, conducting meetings, maintaining records, and coordinating various responsibilities outlined in the management contract.
It’s essential to note that support staff, such as bookkeepers or administrative assistants, are not considered community association managers under this Act. A few other exemptions where you do not need a license include being a Board Member of the Association who is not getting paid for their services or providing these services to an association which has 10 units or less.
The Act makes it unlawful to provide community association management services without a valid license unless exempt. For those required to obtain a license, the process involves:
Effective June 2, 2023, there was an overhaul to the prior rules related to Community Association Managers and Community Association Management firms (86 Ill. Adm. Code 1445).
The new rules require community association management firms engaging in the business in Illinois to be licensed, regardless of when they were formed, to be licensed;
Call us if you’re uncertain about what license you need or if IDFPR has contacted you. At 1818, we understand the intricate legal problems that many professionals encounter, and we can help you navigate your licensure issues.
The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. You should not make a decision whether or not to contact an attorney based upon the information in this blog post. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. If you require legal advice, please consult with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.
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