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7 Steps to Being Politically Smart on a Condo or HOA Board

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, June 25, 2014

The word/phrase of this week is: Politically Smart. Let’s face it, board members – you are now politicians. Whether you like it or not, you were elected or appointed to a position of leadership in your community and are responsible for overseeing the care of what is essentially a small city government. 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. 

Legal Update: Florida Condo, Co-op and HOA Laws Effective July 1, 2014

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, July 1, 2014
Today marks the day that new laws for condos, co-ops and HOAs become effective. Joseph Adams from Becker & Poliakoff has chronicled reviews of these new laws in four installments. These summaries will help you to understand how the new laws will affect your condominium, cooperative or homeowners association. Read more

Meet the Director – Jane Adams 

posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, June 16, 2014
Jane Adams is the President of Coral Gate Condominium Association, a 55+ garden style condo community with 468 units located in Margate, Florida. Jane is a registered nurse with a serious passion for helping people. She retired in 2005, after 30 years working as a Hospital Administrator in New Jersey, and quickly made the decision to move to the sunshine state to get away from the cold weather. Read more 

Condo Living Demands Compromise When It Comes To Noise  

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 11, 2014

Condominium living, especially in older buildings, requires some degree of compromise and understanding. On the one hand, owners have to be aware of how their actions can affect others, and might have to change their ways to be more considerate. Naturally loud and boisterous people might not fit in well. On the other hand, all owners have to be willing to tolerate some level of intrusion and disturbance from their neighbors. Read more


What is an RFP, and how it might PREVENT you from getting vendors to bid

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, June 4, 2014

In this “What is that Word Wednesdays Post” we learn what an RFP is. RFP stands for Request for Proposal. An RFP is a common way for an organization to solicit bids from contractors or vendors to complete a job or perform a service. Another name for this is a bid request. Read more

Could your condominium be voluntarily terminated? 

posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., June 22, 2014

Do you live in an older condominium building in a prime location? Have you ever thought about terminating your condominium in order to sell your older building to a developer desirous of your location? Has the fact that your older building is going to require significant ongoing maintenance and repairs become an inducement to consider termination? Read more

Split Board – “Can’t we all just get along?”

posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, June 11, 2014
This week’s word is split board. A split board in a condominium or homeowner association exists when there are two (or more) factions of directors with different goals or visions for the community. This is a very bad situation. It creates dissension in the community and commonly results in unfounded accusations of wrong doing from both sides. Read more

Condos & HOAs must comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act

posted by Lisa Magill, Esq., Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 24, 2014
Does your condominium or homeowners association screen prospective purchasers or tenants? While not every association has the authority to approve transfers, many associations do and typically part of the investigation includes a background check. Read more

The Tax Man Cometh – Sales and Use Tax on Rental of Living or Sleeping Accommodations

posted by Pam Rembaum, Controller, Campbell Property Manager, June 18, 2014

Our word of the week is a phrase: Sales and Use Tax on Rental of Living or Sleeping Accommodations. Why is this important? This is a blog about condominium and homeowner associations, not rental apartments. Well, unfortunately, many associations are now landlords, after having taken title on delinquent units that have been abandoned. Read more

Condo Directors Need Thick Skin  

posted by Lisa Magill, Esq., Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 19, 2014

The arbitration case of Majestic Shores Condominium Association, Inc. v. Carillo, describes what is all too often experienced by condominium directors. The association filed the petition for arbitration with the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes claiming that abusive and threatening behavior on the part of Mr. Carillo inhibited the operation and maintenance of the condominium and interfered with the directors’ performance of their duties and obligations. Read more

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Keith's Corner: Preparing Your Landscape for Warm Temperatures 
Summertime in Florida is full of rain, rain and more rain. Thunderstorms and humidity are also prevalent throughout Florida during the rainy season, so it’s important to protect your plants from any distress the weather may cause them. Purchase an inexpensive rain shutoff device to avoid over watering your landscaping. July temperatures limit plantings. If you are thinking about adding to your landscape, opt for plants such as Crossandra, Marigolds, and Portulaca since they can withstand the increasing temperatures. Insects also become more frequent throughout the summer months. Small, white dots on the leaves of azaleas and other plants may indicate that lacebugs are present. Spray your plants forcefully with water to rid your lawn of these pests.

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