A NEW law has been signed giving electric vehicle owners the right to install chargers for their cars in certain areas.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed the Electric Vehicle Charging Act into law, giving residents of certain homes the right to install electric vehicle chargers in their designated parking spaces.
“We are pursuing an electric future in Illinois,” Pritzker tweeted.
“Our state is putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and that starts with creating the infrastructure necessary to do so. Now we stay on the accelerator.”
The law has a catch for people who already have electric vehicles.
It only grants owners of condominiums and co-ops built or incorporated after the law takes effect next year the right to install electric vehicle charging equipment.
Under the law, people living in condominiums and shared ownership communities that already existed before January 1, 2024 do not have the right to install electric vehicle charging facilities.
This means that it does not apply to condominiums or co-ops in existence at the time the law comes into effect.
However, the law applies to existing apartment buildings that are being renovated.
The act states that every home or apartment building completed after January 1, 2024 should have “at least one EV-capable parking space for each residential unit with dedicated parking space.”
Associations that willfully violate the law will be liable to the unit owner for actual damages and a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
It allows owners of newly constructed and established community associations to connect to the common electrical system.
This allows electric vehicle owners to install a charging system for their assigned parking space.
However, this is subject to certain conditions in accordance with LP Legal.
Unit owners may install the charger in their assigned parking space or in a common area other than an exclusive use common area only if “installation in the unit owner’s assigned parking space is impossible or prohibitively expensive.”
The applicant unit owner and the association wishing to install an electric vehicle charging system in a common area must enter into a license agreement for the use of the space.
You must also obtain prior written approval from the Board. This approval must be granted upon the unit owner’s written agreement to the terms and conditions set forth below.
Installation of the electric vehicle charging system must comply with the association’s architectural standards or “other reasonable conditions and restrictions,” as well as applicable state and local health and safety standards.
The device owner requesting the installation of the charger must also be responsible for all costs associated with the installation of the electric vehicle charging system and the repair of any damage caused by the installation, use, maintenance, repair, replacement or removal of the charging system.
And of course they are responsible for electricity consumption.