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What is that Word Wednesdays: Florida Association News

posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, November 18, 2015

Florida Association News (FAN) is THE online resource for thousands of board members, CAMs, owners and service providers in the HOA and Condo industry. It includes the latest thoughts from the brightest minds on Community Association Management topics in Florida. 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. 

Run Your Association Like a Business

posted by Michael E. Chapnick, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, October 29, 2015
Running any type of business is no easy feat, and that is especially true for businesses that are operated by volunteer leadership. Nonetheless, community association officers and board members should engage in certain businesslike approaches to help ensure that they are running their association successfully. Read more 

Tech Tuesdays: Responding to Incoming Calls with Pre-Canned Text Messages

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, November 24, 2015 
Even when you have your phone, you can’t always answer it. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could quickly send a message (without typing) instead of answering the phone? Read more

Why should your community consider trademarking its name and logo?

posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, November 2, 2015
Many communities rely upon name recognition and a certain style logo to attract attention from potential new purchasers as well as to enhance real property values for existing owners.I live in a country club community that has a distinct font and logo which is intentionally highlighted on our association website, advertisements, business cards, stationary and, naturally, our community signage. Read more 

Rembaum’s Association Roundup: So Your Association Changed Attorneys…Now What?

posted by Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq., Kaye, Bender, Rembaum, November 3, 2015

An association has decided to change its legal counsel and transfer all existing matters to its new lawyer. The management company sends the request to the prior law firm only to be told that a retaining lien has been asserted. Until the lien is satisfied, the law firm refuses to transfer the files. Is that legal? Can the lawyer really do that? In short, you bet they can. Read more


Inside A Building’s Anatomy: Understanding a condo or co-ops most vital operating systems

posted by Keith Loria, The South Florida Cooperator, November 2015

If you think about it, a multifamily building isn’t that much different than the human body. Both house important complex operating systems and organs. Both take in fuel and produce waste, and both require regular check-ups and a good maintenance program to stay healthy and thriving. Read more

Community Flood Control Depends on Unencumbered Access

posted by Rosemary Rayman, Lake Worth Drainage District, November 16, 2015

Many residents in central and southeastern Palm Beach County live adjacent to canals. In order to enhance their landscapes or properties, residents often plant vegetation or place other encroachments, such as swing-sets, fences and patio furniture, on the canal rights-of-way. Read more

History Differs Between Condominium and HOA Statutes in Florida

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, November 16, 2015
Why are there so many differences between the condominium statute and the law for homeowners’ associations?  You would think it would make sense for the two statutes to closely mirror each other, but there are significant differences. Read more

Why Do Most People Hate Paying Legal Fees?

posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, The Community Association Law Blog, November 23, 2015

It happens on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. I receive a question from a blog reader and the question is not general in nature; in fact, the question seeks legal advice (often on a fairly significant matter that involves potential liability) which can only be provided after thoroughly reviewing the reader's governing documents and rendering a legal opinion. My standard response is usually: "Do you have an attorney for your association?" Read more


Can Florida Condominium Board Members Vote By Proxy?

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, November 9, 2015

I am on the board of directors of my homeowners’ association. I travel quite a bit so I am often out of town for our board meetings. The board is considering a special assessment at our upcoming meeting. I would like to vote because this special assessment is a very visible issue in our community. I have asked for a proxy so that I can cast my vote, but the property manager has told me that I am not authorized to vote by proxy. Is that true? Read more

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Upcoming Events

Becoming A Smoke-Free Community
12-1pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale

Casino Night & Holiday Party
6-10pm, CAI SE Florida
Gulfstream Park

HOA Board Cert. Course
9:30-11:30am, Becker & Poliakoff
Bank of America Centre, WPB

The 8th Annual Town Hall Series
10am-12pm, KBR
E. Pat Larkins Community Center, Pompano Beach

HOA Board Cert. Course
6-8:30pm, KBR
Palm Beach Gardens

Condo/HOA/Coop Board Cert. Course
4-7pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Bank of America Centre, WPB

Co-Op and Condo Board Cert. Course
6:30-8:30pm, KBR
Pompano Beach 

Monthly Meeting
11am, Broward Coalition
Sunrise Lakes Phase 4

Condo/HOA/Co-op Board Cert. Course
9:30am-12:30pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale

Covenant Enforcement/Elections
6:30-8:30pm, KBR
Pompano Beach

Monthly CAI Board Meeting
8:30-10am, CAI SE Florida
Jacaranda Country Club, Plantation

COBWRA Delegate Meeting
9:30am, COBWRA
Valencia Shores, Boynton Beach

2016 Legal update
12-2pm, Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale

Condo Board Education Course
6-8:30pm, KBR
Palm Beach Gardens

Legal Update
6-8:30pm, KBR
Palm Beach Gardens

December Tips

Keith's Corner: Test Your Soil
This month, continue to monitor your lawn for any brown patches from fungal diseases and harmful pests. Treat your lawn for these as needed. December is also a great month to test your soil. This can be useful if you are planning new plantings or your plants did not carry out as desired this year. 

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

Keith CarracherPresident
CPM Keith

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