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Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA) - What It Is and Why It May Matter For Your Association

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management 

If your HOA is approaching 30 years old, your Board should talk with your Association Attorney about the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA). Your attorney can assess your documents and determine if action is required to preserve the authority of your Association. 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. 

Defibrillators: Is The Liability Worth The Risk?

posted by posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, April 24, 2018

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is a leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 350,000 lives are taken each year due to the abrupt loss of heart function. However, with technological advances, the number of deaths due to SCA have been lowered through the use of an automated external defibrillator (“AED”). Read more 

Mental Health Issues in a Community Association Context

posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Blog, April 3, 2018
Over the years, I've met thousands of people living in shared ownership communities and without fail, at least one person in every community questions the mental health of someone in their community. Sometimes the suspect serves on the board, other times it is the person living next door, and other times it is simply a resident who behaves in an unusual or offensive manner. Read more

Owners Cannot Use E-Mail to Vote

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 15, 2018

The Condominium Act also provides a procedure to conduct elections and conduct other votes through use of an online voting system. This is basically a website administered by a third part vendor who contracts with the association. Read more

Arbitration Not Required for Suit Alleging Breach of Fiduciary Duty by Association Directors

posted by Michael E. Chapnick. Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 20, 2018

While most garden-variety disputes between unit owners and their condominium associations are mandated by law to go to nonbinding arbitration before going to court, certain types of more complex disagreements are specifically excluded from this requirement and can proceed straight to trial.  Read more

Website Law Likely to Change

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 1, 2018

First, it is worthwhile to note that the 2018 Florida Legislature passed a Bill on March 9 that would change the 2017 website law. As of this time, the Bill has not been signed by the Governor, but it is not expected that he will veto the legislation. Read more

Owners Generally Do Not Have the Right to Approve the Annual Budget

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 8, 2018

Unit owners do not have the right to adopt or approve a proposed budget as a matter of law. The association’s bylaws will address how the budget is adopted, which is usually by the board. Read more

New Legislative Updates Effective July 1, 2018

posted by Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, March 6, 2018
This year’s legislative session has come to an end, establishing new laws and amendments to a number of statutes regulating community associations in Florida. On March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed the following laws into effect. Read more

Time for Annual Legislative Review  

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 22, 2018

Today begins our annual review of new legislation affecting community associations in Florida. The main piece of legislation derives from House Bill 81, which will become law on July 1, 2018. HB 841 affects condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations. Read more

Legislative Review Continues

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 29, 2018

Today’s column is the second installment of our annual review of legislation affecting community associations in Florida. Last week, we reviewed changes to the condominium laws involving official records, websites, financial reports, meeting notices and term limits. Today continues a review of new condominium laws, effective July 1, 2018. Read More

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May Tips

Keith's Corner: Plant new tropical trees
Traditionally, May is the final month of the dry season. Higher, summer-like temperatures are slowly becoming prominent, but most nights should still be cooler. This month is also a great time to plant tropical trees, as they will be flowering well. If you're planning on making additions to your garden, make sure to visit a botanical garden and assess your options. Lastly, insect populations are likely to be near their peak, so make sure to monitor your garden. 
As always, remember to install your sod green side up!

Keith CarracherPresident
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