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“Vaping” Rules Questioned

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 14, 2019

Although I am not aware of any case precedents on point, I think “vaping” is different than “smoking” in the eyes of the law. However, just because the posted sign only deals with smoking, there may be other written rules that specifically address this issue. If not, you might want to suggest that your board look at updating the rules. 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. 

Stricter Disciplinary Penalties for Florida Community Associations Now in Effect

posted by Laura Manning-Hudson, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 10, 2019

A couple of years ago we saw the Florida state legislature add teeth to Florida’s condo and HOA laws governing theft, fraud, abuse and conflicts of interest. Recently, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state agency that governs community associations, followed suit by implementing harsher civil disciplinary guidelines for condominium association infractions. Read more 

Hoarders Present Difficult Challenges for Association

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 31, 2019

One line of inquiry is whether this person is over the age of 60 and/or has a disability; whether his unit is unsafe or unfit for human occupancy; whether he is also neglecting his health and hygiene, pets, and/or dependent children; and whether his failure to maintain the interior of the unit violates the condominium documents. Read more 

HOA Board Can Purchase Bulk Cable and Internet

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 7, 2019

Section 720.309(2), the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act, states that if the governing documents authorize the association to incur the cost of communication services, information services, or internet services obtained under a bulk contract, such expenses shall be deemed an operating expense of the association. Read more

Election Voting Assistance

posted by Marilyn Perez-Martinez, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 17, 2019

In the Condominium Act, it is very clear that only a unit’s owner can vote in election. That means that an election can’t be decided through the use of proxies (limited or general). There is an exception for associations with fewer than ten units who have voted to follow a different voting procedure. Read more

Don’t let the state force expensive fire prevention systems on condos that were given the right to opt out

posted by FAN, Florida Association News, April 22, 2019

The Senate Rules Committee will vote on SB 908 – a bill that mandates an Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS) in condo and coop association buildings that opted-out of sprinklers. This is the last committee that will vote on SB 908 – and if it passes, the bill will be eligible for a vote by the full State Senate. Read more

Article by Lindsey Thurswell Lehr and Susan Odess in Today’s Miami Herald: “Lawsuits by Condo Associations Against Neighboring Developers, Builders Are New Norm”

posted by Sigfried Rivera, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 8, 2019

The article, which is titled “Lawsuits by Condo Associations Against Neighboring Developers, Builders Are New Norm,” focuses on the spate of recent lawsuits against South Florida condominium developers and general contractors alleging their construction work caused physical damage to neighboring condominium towers. Read more

Names of Unit Week Owners not Available in Timeshare Condominiums

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 21, 2019

When it comes to providing the names (and other information) of owners of a timeshare, the “rules” are different.  Unlike the Condominium Act (Chapter 718, Florida Statutes) or the Cooperative Act (Chapter 719, Florida Statutes), the Florida Vacation Plan and Timesharing Act (Chapter 721, Florida Statutes) provides that notwithstanding any provision of the Condominium Act or the Cooperative Act, an association may not furnish the name, address, or e-mail address of any owner to any other owner unless the owner whose name, address, or e-mail address is requested first approves such disclosure in writing. Read more

Can an Association Be Held Liable for Discriminatory Conduct of Residents?

posted by Sara K. Wilson, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 17, 2019

Legal precedent has established that associations may be held liable for discriminatory acts committed by its Board members as well as its agents, including the association manager.  Pursuant to a 2016 rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), however, associations can also be held liable for failing to “correct and end” discriminatory acts of residents. Read more

Can a Director Resign for Any Reason?

posted by David G. Muller, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 17,2019

The Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act (Chapter 617, Florida Statutes), which applies to most community associations in Florida, requires resignations to be in writing and delivered to the corporation. Read more​

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May Tips

Shane's Spot: Make some additions to your garden!

Make sure to keep an eye on your garden as the dry season comes to a close and steadily warmer temperatures start to creep in. With an increase in rain water also comes an increase in insect populations. May is also a great month to plant tropical trees, since they will flower well. If you want to make some additions to your garden, you can visit a botanical garden and assess your options. 

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

Shane HumblePresident

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