Can my homeowners association change the lock on my condo unit even though I own the door?

My condo has been vacant for the past year. A previous tenant broke into the unit with a key and the police were called. My homeowners association changed the lock and never notified me of the break in and lock change. They now say I’m responsible for the bill (which is exorbitantly high) even though the new lock wasn’t installed properly and I was never notified of the incident and lock change. Can my HOA legally change my lock in the event of an emergency even though I own the door and I was never notified?

Asked on March 3, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois


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