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Prepare to Protect – Proper Landscaping for Hurricane Season
by Shane Humble, Complete Property Maintenance, Inc., May 15, 2018
Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the dreaded hurricane season. Floridians know that hurricanes bring significant damage not only to properties but to landscapes as well. 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.
Can My Condo Still Use Debit Cards?
posted by David G. Muller, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 2018
The Condominium Act was amended on July 1, 2017 to specifically address and prohibit the use of debit cards. It states that an association and its officers, directors, employees, and agents may not use a debit card issued in the name of the association, or billed directly to the association, for the payment of any association expense. Read more
Ensure Your TV is Hurricane Ready
posted by Sarah Wattick, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications, Converged Services, May 3, 2018
Preparing for hurricane season brings a laundry list of to-do items to ensure you and your family are safe before, during and after the storm. Often times, we remember to fill our gas tanks and stock up on water, non-perishable food and generators; however, especially in our mobile, on-the-go world, we forget to have an alternative plan to watch TV. Read more
What are your Board's Rights and Obligations with regard to Sales and Financing in Your Community?
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, May 21, 2018
On any given day in any given Florida community association, a manager or director may receive a frantic call from a real estate or title agent about an upcoming closing. These frantic calls typically include an immediate request for information in the form of affidavits, estoppel information, lender questionnaires or other records and information. Read more
The Top 10 Board Member Blunders
posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, May 2, 2018
Although many boards have the required knowledge, level of commitment, and selfless attitude needed to handle things correctly, things do not always go smoothly. Even when the association has a management company, mistakes sometimes are made by board members, whom are the final decision makers. Read more
$20 Million Verdict Against HOA for Playground Injury Serves as Industry Wake-Up Call
posted by Roberto C Blanch, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 8, 2018
For many Florida residents, the appeal of living in condominium and homeowners’ associations is partly due to the many types of shared amenities and recreational facilities that these communities provide and maintain for the enjoyment of all residents and their guests. Read more
The Dish On Satellite Dish Antennas: Interplay Between Community Association And Federal Communications Commission Regulations
posted by posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, May 1, 2018
As many people who live in communities operated by a community association know, one of the advantages, or disadvantages depending on who you ask, is that the association typically has the authority to regulate the improvements that are made by residents within the community. Read more
posted by Robyn Severs, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 2018
Your HOA Amendments are Ready, Now What?
The “governing documents” of a homeowners association are the Declaration of Covenants, the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws and the Rules and Regulations. Many times, HOAs make a decision to amend by looking to the provisions that needed changing. This however is only one step in the amendment process. Read more
Should Your Association Eliminate Some of Your Outdated Rules?
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, May 2018
Many of my conversations with my association clients involve an evaluation of their rules and regulations and their available enforcement tools. We regularly discuss how previously overlooked rules can be revived through a process known as republication so the Board can once again enforce them prospectively. Read more
Legislative Review Wrap-Up
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 27, 2018
This week we conclude our annual review of 2018 legislation affecting Florida community associations, with a review of the amendments to Chapter 712 of the Florida Statutes, the Marketable Record Title Act, or MRTA, which become effective on October 1, 2018. Read More