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Maintaining Your Condominium Fire Alarm System

posted by Jeff Weinstein, Advanced Fire & Security, September 14, 2015

One of the most important fire protection systems you can install in your building or condominium is a fire alarm system. A fire alarm system is a quick-response method of alerting the occupants in your building of a fire so they can get to safety as quickly as possible. Because fire alarm systems are so important when it comes to keeping your building safe, annual fire alarm system inspections are absolutely essential and required by N.F.P.A. 72 Standards. Read more 

Industry News and Articles

Keep in mind that some of the articles are directed toward HOAs or condos specifically, but most can be applied to all types of community associations. 

Clearly defining nuisance activity in your governing documents can help association boards avoid future headaches

posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, September 21, 2015

A nuisance is generally defined as a person, thing or circumstance which causes inconvenience or annoyance. For some people living in shared ownership communities, there is no escaping a nuisance situation that has risen to a level which impacts the enjoyment of their homes and their community. Read more

How To Properly Care for the Irrigation System in Your HOA

posted by Keith Carracher, President, Complete Property Maintenance, Inc., September 9, 2015
Proper care of the irrigation system in your HOA is very important. A community’s irrigation system dictates the appearance of its landscape. It also impacts an association’s expenses as a poorly maintained irrigation system can cause costs to significantly increase. Read more 

Who is Responsible for Lanai Screen Repairs in Florida Condominiums? 

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 2, 2015

My condominium association recently sent me a letter demanding that I replace the screen on my lanai or they would do it for me and bill me. A little over a month later they hired a contractor to rescreen my lanai and then sent me the bill and have threatened to lien my unit if I don’t pay. Read more

Should HOA Boards Update Developer’s Documents To Stay Legal?

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 4, 2015
One of our members told the homeowners’ association board that there is a new “rule” that recently went into effect that would invalidate our status as a homeowners’ association. He says that this is because the bylaws have never been revised and we continue to operate under the developer’s original bylaws. Read more 

Disaster Recovery Takes Careful Planning and Execution

posted by Roberto C. Blanch, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 28, 2015
Insurance coverage and claims are often among the most confusing and troublesome matters that developers and community associations must address, and large claims involving serious property damage from any type of disaster will typically require the guidance and expertise of attorneys and public adjusters. Read more


Understanding Community Association Audit Fees

posted by Nicole Johnson-Pendergrass, Director of Operations, Hafer & Company, September 1, 2015

When offering bids to potential clients for services, a public accounting firm generally estimates the time commitment necessary to complete the services requested by the client. Once this estimate is derived the firm will then generate an audit fee based upon the firm’s hourly rates. Read more

Does A Board Member Always Have To Be An Owner in a Florida HOA?

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 15, 2015

One of our homeowners’ association board members is not a home owner. Our bylaws state that each owner of a lot within the community is a “Member” of the association. The bylaws then provide that the board shall consist of not less than three and not more than nine “members.”  I understand that the use of a capitalized term usually means that the definition of the term applies and, conversely, where the word is not capitalized, it is not defined. Read more

Don’t Trash This: Recycling and Garbage Rules

posted by Lisa Iannucci, The South Florida Cooperator, September 2015
In days gone by, when you opened something up, you simply threw away the packaging. You ate your dinner and threw away the scraps, and you tossed your ratty old sweatshirt, t-shirt or jeans in the dumpster when they had more holes in them than a chunk of Swiss cheese. Read more

New NLRB Decision Could be Big Trouble for Condominiums and HOAs in Florida

posted by Jamie B. Dokovna, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 1, 2015
On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in the Browning-Ferris Industries case that could have a widespread impact on employers everywhere, including condominium and homeowner associations that contract with businesses such as professional employer organizations (PEOs) or management companies for the hiring of personnel. Read more


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August Calendar

Upcoming Events

CAI-SEFL Annual Expo 2015
8am-5pm, CAI SE
The Signature Grand, Davie

Monthly Meeting
9am, Alliance of Delray
South County Civic Center

Monthly Meeting
11:30am, Broward Coalition
Sunrise Lakes Phase IV

2016 Legal Update
4-6pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale 

Covenant Enforcement/Elections in a Community Association
6:30-8:30pm, KBR
Pompano Beach

HOA Board Cert. Course
6-8:30pm, KBR
Palm Beach Gardens

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
10am-12pm, Becker & Poliakoff
West Palm Beach

Monthly CAI Board Meeting
8:30-10am, CAI SE
Law Offices of Becker & Poliakoff, Fort Lauderdale 

Monthly Delegate Meeting
9:30am, COBWRA
Palm Isles, Boynton Beach

Condo Board Cert. Course 
6-8:30pm, KBR
Palm Beach Gardens

Hot Topics Breakfast
7:30-9:30am, CAI SE
Jacaranda Country Club, Plantation

Covering Your Assets: Avoiding Board Member Liability
10am-12pm, Becker & Poliakoff
West Palm Beach

HOA Board Cert. Course
6:30-8:30pm, KBR

2016 Legal Update
4-6pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale

October Tips

Keith's Corner: Remember to Fertilize
This month, make sure to fertilize your plants. Fertilize your palms, shrubs, lawn and trees. Controlled-release fertilizer is the best option for all of these. For palms look for a fertilizer with a formula of 8-2-12+4Mg which can be found at your local nursery. Fertilizing your plants will help them obtain the nutrients they need to grow. A lack of fertilizer may cause them to eventually die off. October is also a great month to control winter weeds before they start to appear on your lawns. Use pre-emergent herbicides when temperatures drop below 60° degrees for more than one night.

As always, remember to install your sod green side up! 

Keith CarracherPresident
CPM Keith

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