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Chicago Residential Real Estate Attorney | Commercial Real Estate Lawyer, Cook County IL

​Our experienced Chicago residential, comercial and business real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home,business location; or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible and take care of all of your residential, commercial or business needs.

​Our experienced Chicago residential, comercial and business real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home,business location; or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible and take care of all of your residential, commercial or business needs.

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  • We Get The Job Done on Time! Our experienced Chicago real estate attorneys care about our customers, we take the time to properly communicate with your realtor, lender and the other party’s attorney. Each and every client is a priority to us we will work to ensure the process goes smoothly, and on time while protecting your best interest.
  • We go above and beyond for our clients!   Our Chicago real estate lawyers have worked hard to build a reputation for excellent customer service to our clients in the community. We have received recognition from many organizations. We were awarded the Avvo Client's Choice Award for in 2016. We have obtained an  A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never received a BBB complaint. Additionally In 2015, Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award. We will always put you first.
  • Establish a Lifelong Relationship!  What better way to establish a trusted relationship with an attorney than a real estate transaction?  At O'Flaherty Law, we work together to provide you with the best service possible.  We have expertise in multiple areas of law, this allows to have a more comprehensive approach. We will work to be a trusted advocate.

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri

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5002 Main St, Ste. 201 Downers Grove, IL 60515

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105 Jackson Avenue, Ste. 4b Naperville, IL 60540

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​110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B ​Elmhurst, IL 60126

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Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Road, Ste. 107, ​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B, Tinley Park, IL 60477

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St. Charles

210 S Fifth St, Ste. 107B, St. Charles, IL 60174

Meet Our Owner

Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!

An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.

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Kevin Sender
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"Kevin O'Flaherty and his team at O'Flaherty Law are among the friendliest and easiest to work with attorneys I've dealt with. I would suggest them to any friends or business associates."
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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!
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Commercial Tenants' Rights to an Audit of Common Area Maintenance Charges

In many commercial leases, tenants are required to pay a share of taxes, utilities, and common area maintenance charges ("CAM").  The tenant's share will typically be proportional to the amount of space leased by the tenant relative to the total rentable space of the building.  This "additional rent" will fluctuate from year to year.  It is not uncommon for landlords to overcharge their tenants for CAM.   This is referred to as Common Area Maintenance Fraud.

‍If the tenant believes this is occurring, their best option is to audit the Landlord's expenses to ensure that all of the CAM paid by tenants is going toward actual expenses and that those expenses are for vendors and market value, rather than inflated prices.  

However, unless the lease provides a right to an audit, the landlord is not required to allow one.  In this case, the best option for the tenant is to rely on the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the lease, or the fiduciary duty of the landlord (in the case where the Tenant prepays CAM before expenses are calculated) to obtain an accounting for expenses.  However, in the absence of a right to audit in the lease, the landlord may provide evidence of its expenses by any reasonable manner that it selects.  This means that the landlord can provide a simple list of its expenses, and the tenant will not be permitted to investigate further.  

Therefore, in order to protect yourself against common area maintenance fraud, it is important that your commercial lease include a right to audit the landlord's records.  ​

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In many commercial leases, tenants are required to pay a share of taxes, utilities, and common area maintenance charges ("CAM").  The tenant's share will typically be proportional to the amount of space leased by the tenant relative to the total rentable space of the building.  This "additional rent" will fluctuate from year to year.  It is not uncommon for landlords to overcharge their tenants for CAM.   This is referred to as Common Area Maintenance Fraud.

‍If the tenant believes this is occurring, their best option is to audit the Landlord's expenses to ensure that all of the CAM paid by tenants is going toward actual expenses and that those expenses are for vendors and market value, rather than inflated prices.  

However, unless the lease provides a right to an audit, the landlord is not required to allow one.  In this case, the best option for the tenant is to rely on the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the lease, or the fiduciary duty of the landlord (in the case where the Tenant prepays CAM before expenses are calculated) to obtain an accounting for expenses.  However, in the absence of a right to audit in the lease, the landlord may provide evidence of its expenses by any reasonable manner that it selects.  This means that the landlord can provide a simple list of its expenses, and the tenant will not be permitted to investigate further.  

Therefore, in order to protect yourself against common area maintenance fraud, it is important that your commercial lease include a right to audit the landlord's records.  ​

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Top 5 Things To Look For In Your Residential Real Estate Contract

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Our Chicago residential real estate attorneys discuss the most important clauses of a typical residential real estate contract. This may include fixtures included in the sale, tax proration’s, the mortgage contingency clause and lastly the clause lying out the purchase price and earnest money. Our lawyers will take the time to explain your contract in detail to ensure that you understand your contract.  We will ensure that your rights are protected.

Read the full article by our Chicago real estate attorneys regarding the most important clauses in your residential real estate contract. 

Illinois Condominium Laws Explained

What Law Governs Condominium Associations in Illinois?

‍ In addition to the Condominium Property Act, the relationship between condominium owners and the condominium association is governed by three documents that are particular to each condominium association: the condominium declaration, the condominium association’s bylaws, and the rules and regulations of the condominium association.

Common Types of Disputes between Condominium Associations and Unit Owners in Illinois. We discuss some of the most common issues between Illinois condominium associations and unit owners:

  • ‍Condo Owner Default on Assessments and Eviction
  • ‍Claims Against the Condominium Board for Breach of Governing Documents or Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • ‍Use and Occupancy Restrictions on Illinois Condos
  • ‍Discrimination

Read the entire article by our Chicago real estate attorneys.

What Law Governs Condominium Associations in Illinois?

‍ In addition to the Condominium Property Act, the relationship between condominium owners and the condominium association is governed by three documents that are particular to each condominium association: the condominium declaration, the condominium association’s bylaws, and the rules and regulations of the condominium association.

Common Types of Disputes between Condominium Associations and Unit Owners in Illinois. We discuss some of the most common issues between Illinois condominium associations and unit owners:

  • ‍Condo Owner Default on Assessments and Eviction
  • ‍Claims Against the Condominium Board for Breach of Governing Documents or Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • ‍Use and Occupancy Restrictions on Illinois Condos
  • ‍Discrimination

Read the entire article by our Chicago real estate attorneys.

How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment

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Property values in the past few years have plummeted, yet homeowners find themselves paying higher property taxes than ever before. Your property taxes are linked to the fair market value of your home; however, when the fair market value of your home is uncertain, the tax assessment may be inaccurate. 

Due to the slow-paced real estate market, fewer homes are being purchased, making it difficult to get a fair estimate of what someone might pay for a home in your area, let alone a home similar to yours. Assessors do not have the raw data to work with as they did in the past, so they must refer to outdated information and do the best they can. Therefore, because many homeowners feel they have more accurate information than the assessor, they decide to appeal the assessment of their property.

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