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The Landlording Show Episode 06: Legal Insights and Expert Advice with Attorney Tosh Chandy

Today, we delve into the intricate world of property management and legal expertise with our special guest, Tosh Chandy from the Law Office of Tosh Chandy. We're unpacking everything from building violations to the intricacies of real estate closings.

Tim Harstead: Hello everyone, I'm your host, Tim Harstead. I run a property management company in Chicago, focusing on C and D class properties. Today, we're joined by Tosh Chandy, who has extensive experience with building violations and real estate closings. Tosh, how are you today?

Tosh Chandy: Good, Tim. Good afternoon. Thanks for having me.

Tim: Tosh, before we dive into building violations, can you give us a brief background about your firm and your work?

Tosh: Certainly. I've been practicing law for about six years now, focusing on real estate closings, building violations, and various legal disputes related to property management. Previously, I worked as a realtor and in finance, which has given me a unique perspective in my legal practice.

Tim: Let's talk about building violations. Say a property owner receives a yellow letter from the city—what should they do?

Tosh: First off, don't ignore these letters. They could be minor, where you might just plead liable and pay a fine, or more severe, requiring legal representation. It's crucial to understand the type of notice you received—whether it's a warning, a non-hazardous condition, or a major safety concern.

Tim: And how should they proceed with different types of notices?

Tosh: For less severe issues, sometimes you can handle it by simply paying a fine. For more complex cases, especially those that go to circuit court, you’ll definitely need a lawyer. Those cases involve more significant safety issues or legal complications that could have serious consequences for your property.

Tim: What about more serious violations that go to circuit court?

Tosh: Those require you to act swiftly and typically necessitate an attorney, especially if the property is owned by an LLC. Major safety violations can lead to injunctions, requiring immediate remedies like eviction or structural repairs. Representation can help navigate these complex situations and potentially dismiss or reduce fines with proper compliance.

Tim: Changing gears a bit, let's discuss the eviction process when the city deems a building unsafe. How does that work?

Tosh: City-initiated evictions tend to move faster than standard evictions, especially if there's an immediate danger. The city may work with nonprofits to relocate tenants temporarily. Once the building is brought up to code, reoccupancy is generally straightforward unless the unit was illegal, in which case zoning changes might be required.

Tim: Wrapping up, Tosh, if our listeners want to get in touch with you or learn more about your services, how can they reach you?

Tosh: The best way is through my website at, or they can email me at I'm also available by phone or text at (773) 724-1049 for consultations.

Tim: Tosh, thanks for sharing your invaluable insights with us today. It's clear that navigating building violations and legal disputes requires a knowledgeable attorney, and your expertise is a great asset to any property manager or investor.

Tosh: Thank you, Tim. It was great being here and I hope your listeners find this information helpful for managing their properties effectively.

Tim: And thank you to our listeners for tuning in. Make sure to subscribe to The Landlording Show on your preferred platform for more expert advice on property management. Stay tuned for our next episode!