FAN's Featured Blog Post
A Case Study in Ending Speeding in Community Associations: Parkland Golf & Country Club
posted by Diego Hernandez, Marketing Assistant, Campbell Property Management, October 25, 2019
Speeding within communities is a dangerous concern for most HOAs. This is especially true for large communities such as Parkland Golf & Country Club (PGCC), which consists of long, wide roads that may tempt some drivers to hammer down on the gas pedal. This speeding concern became a critical issue that the PGCC HOA decided to act upon. 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.
Condo Associations Fined for Sea Turtle Lighting Violations Illuminate Need for Awareness, Compliance at Florida Beachfront Communities
posted by Roberto C. Blanch, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, October 7, 2019
A recent article by the Marco Eagle newspaper reported that the Marco Island Code Enforcement Magistrate recently issued $1,000 fines to three condominium associations for violating sea turtle lighting restrictions. For one of the properties, it was the second such violation in consecutive months. Read more
New Rules For FHA Financing – What Board Members Need To Know
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Kaye Bender Rembaum, October 7, 2019
For some home buyers, financing the purchase of their new home can be a barrier to entry. Many home buyers need the benefit of an FHA backed loan for their lower interest rates. The Federal Housing Authority (FHA), a part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has provided mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders since its inception in 1934. Read more
How Does Your Collections Policy Stack Up?
posted by Candace C. Solis, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, OCtober 8, 2019
Collection of your community’s assessments is critical to maintaining a steady flow of income to support the association’s maintenance responsibilities and maintain the association’s overall fiscal health. Yet with the more urgent day-to-day demands on property managers and volunteer board members, collections can often be neglected or completely overlooked. Read more
Vacation Rentals – What can you do to maintain your association’s right to restrict short-term rentals?
by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, October 2, 2019
Unregulated, commercial short-term rental operators are threatening Florida community associations by spending millions of dollars to push for legislation that would force short term rentals into neighborhoods in violation of adopted deed restrictions meant to protect the rights and home values of the homeowners. Read more
Can Both Spouses Continue to Serve on the Board?
posted by David G. Muller, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 28, 2019
Sometimes spouses both take an active part in how their community functions. There is no prohibition on them serving on committees, but can they both serve on the board? They can, but only under certain circumstances. Read more
Why Community Associations Should Check Their Zoning and Entitlement History
posted by Kathleen O. Berkey, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 30, 2019
Zoning laws are enacted by villages, towns, cities, or counties to control the types of uses and the parking ratio, intensity, density, and dimensions of those uses. This is for the purpose of preserving property values, managing growth, preserving the character of a community, facilitating the adequate provision of transportation, and promoting public health and welfare. Read more
You Get What You Pay For – Assistance Animal Application Packages
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Kaye Bender Rembaum, October 4, 2019
The complaint heard often from condominium and HOA board members is in regard to the influx of assistance animals in their “no pet” or pet restricted communities. Few other topics within the body of community association law cause more consternation then the application of the Federal, State and local Fair Housing laws. Read more
Make Your Vote Count at This Year’s Condominium Election
posted by Marilyn Perez-Martinez, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 28, 2019
Many condominiums throughout the state are getting ready for their annual meeting. This means that election season is also underway as the election occurs at the time of the annual meeting. Remember that two notices are required. The first should be sent at least 60 days before the election and the second, at least 14 days before the election. Read more
“Law Does Not Limit Budget Increases,” News-Press
posted by Joseph E. Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 28, 2019
Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Condominium Act, does not limit the ability of the association to adopt a budget that exceeds the previous year’s budget. Rather, Section 718.112(2)(e), of the Act, states that if the budget adopted by the board requires assessments against the unit owners which exceed 115% of the assessments from the preceding budget year, the unit owners have the right to put forward a substitute budget. Read more