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Rembaum’s Association Roundup: New Legislation Effective July 1, 2017 Affecting Florida’s Community Associations
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, August 15, 2017
While much of the 2017 legislation recently passed into law affects only condominium associations, Senate Bill 39 (a.k.a., the “Estoppel Bill”) affects condominium, homeowners’, and cooperative associations. 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.
Debit Card Provision Uncertainties Answered
posted by Laura Manning-Hudson, August 22, 2017
The outcome of this year’s legislative session evoked a lot of confusion from property managers and boards of directors serving the community association industry. As a result, we have received a lot of requests from our readership asking for clarification on some of the laws that were enacted. Read more
When Differences turn into Dysfunction: Why Your Board of Directors Needs a Code of Conduct
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, August 9, 2017
The role of board members in a community association is fairly straightforward: keep informed on the association's business operations; be familiar with and come prepared to discuss the agenda items for upcoming board meetings; encourage and participate in constructive, businesslike discussions of those agenda items; and use your judgement to represent the community and its members in the way you conduct yourself as a board member and in the way you decide the issues that come before the Board. Read more
Rembaum’s Association Roundup: Community Association Liability For Dog Bites – Woof, Woof, Woof
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, August 29, 2017
Can a Florida condominium, homeowners’, and cooperative association have liability for its members’ dog bites? Apparently, the answer is yes, it surely can. Read more
Estoppel Bill Becomes Law, Brings Big Changes to Association Procedures
posted by Laura Manning-Hudson, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 1, 2017
After several years of failed attempts, the estoppel bill has become law in Florida and mandates major changes to the way community associations in the state prepare estoppel letters (also called estoppel certificates), which are legal documents detailing the amounts owed by a unit owner prior to the sale of their residence. Read more
Could your community association turn into the next Confederate symbol battleground?
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, August 29, 2017
In light of recent events in Charlottesville, it should come as no surprise that symbols mean different things to different people and there will unfortunately continue to be disagreements (and at times violence) when it comes to interpreting whose rights deserve protection as they pertain to those symbols. Read more
Proactive Measures Help Community Associations Diminish Exposure to Negligent Security Lawsuits
posted by Robert C. Blanch, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 24, 2017
Florida community associations, just as with all other property owners in the state, can be held liable for crimes committed on their properties. Associations and other property owners owe a duty to their residents and guests to undergo reasonable steps to protect against foreseeable crimes. Read more
Rembaum’s Association Roundup: Vbro & Airbnb: What You Need To Know – The Business Of Short-Term Rentals Is No Business At All
posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, August 22, 2017
In a recent Rembaum’s Association Roundup article regarding Florida’s newest non-native invasion of overnight rentals through Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) and AirBnB, we discussed what an association can do in order to protect its community from becoming the newest unnamed hotel/motel through the adoption of lease restrictions and lease approval requirements. Read more
Best Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs in Florida
posted by Michelle West, Precision Air & Heating, August 28, 2017
Every true Floridian knows that summers in The Sunshine State can be punishing. Florida is beautiful, but whoever said that the entire state is a paradise never actually spent all his or her summers here. And while air conditioning makes life bearable during the hottest months of the year, you probably wouldn’t be able to bear the astronomical energy bill you’re going to receive by the end of the summer. Read more
Can Homeowners’ Association Board Restrict Fences?
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, August 22, 2017
The first issue to always consider is what the community’s governing documents say concerning the board of director’s authority to adopt such restrictions. Declarations of covenants routinely contain requirements that alterations that are visible from the exterior of the lot be approved by either the board of directors or an architectural review committee. Read more
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