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Preparing Your South Florida Landscaping for Hurricane Season

posted by Keith Carracher, President, Complete Property Maintenance, Inc., June 8, 2015

Hurricane Season began on June first, and most Floridians know that there are preparations that need to be taken to ensure everyone’s personal safety and the protection of our homes. Initially, most people think of stocking up on food items, gallons of water, batteries and flashlights, but it is also very important to make sure that your community has its landscape prepared for hurricane season.
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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. 

Florida Supreme Court Adds Clarity to Activities That Constitute the Unlicensed Practice of Law by Community Association Managers

posted by Laura Manning-Hudson, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 2, 2015

In 1996, the Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion regarding the activities of licensed community association managers (CAM) that would constitute the unlicensed practice of law. In 2013, The Florida Bar weighed in on the issue when its Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law submitted a report to the state's highest court for its consideration. On May 14, 2015, the Court filed its final opinion based on the Bar's submission. Read more

Tips for Making Sure Your Community’s Gate System and Camera System are Working Properly

posted by Bryce Charles Fortney, Partner, Bartlett Brothers Access Control Inc., June 1, 2015
Check your batteries – Most current and older gate systems run on 12 VDC batteries which allow the gates to operate and also provide a battery backup system, which will open the gates within 10-15 seconds in the event of a power failure. Read more 

Hurricane Season is here - are you prepared? 

posted by Lisa Magill, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 1, 2015
This checklist is just the start. Please download our comprehensive Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide for information regarding disaster mitigation, securing insurance proceeds, compliance with typical policy requirements, restoration of the property and planning needs. Read more

Meet the Director: Robert Fishman

posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, June 22, 2015
Robert Fishman is the President of the Beach Front Condominium Association, which includes 59 units in Singer Island, Florida. Originally from Boston, Robert attended Harvard University and received his master’s degree in public policy. Read more 

Legal Tales from the Sunshine State: Eight Stories from Florida Residential Buildings

posted by Greg Olear, The South Florida Cooperator, June 2015
Work in any business long enough, and chances are nothing will surprise you anymore. This is especially true of co-op and condo lawyers. Along with property managers, attorneys are keepers of some of the best stories to come out of South Florida's co-ops, condos and HOA communities. They hear and see (and litigate) it all, from the crazy cat lady who has imaginary felines running around in her backyard to the suspected mobster who may—or may not?—be running a house of ill repute out of his condo apartment. Read more


5 of the Most Common Misperceptions of Community Associations

posted by Allison L. Hertz, Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC, June 15, 2015

Eviction of Tenants: Contrary to popular belief (at least among condominium and homeowners association directors), there is no inherent authority of community associations to evict a tenant for violations of the governing documents, including the failure to be approved in advance of occupying the unit or lot. Read more

Has your Community ever assigned your post-loss claim or insurance policy benefits to a contractor? Two recent Court rulings uphold your right to do so.

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

In an opinion filed on June 22, 2015, the 1st DCA ruled in the case of Security First Insurance Company vs. State of Florida, Office of Insurance Regulation that the OIR was correct in not allowing Security First Insurance Company to change language in its policies which would restrict the ability of policyholders to assign policy rights without the insurer's approval. Read more

Coconuts about Flood Control

posted by Rosemary Rayman, Lake Worth Drainage District, June 29, 2015
The rainy season in Florida can provide many challenges for residential communities. Any resident who has experienced a heavy rain event, including a tropical storm or hurricane, understands that it only takes a partial blockage in a street drain or malfunctioning storm water outfall to jeopardize the safety and well-being of the entire community. Keeping a community drainage system in good working order is a vital and necessary responsibility for residential communities. Read more

How Does Board Certification Work With Re-Elected Condominium Association Board Members?

posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 18, 2015
Both the Condominium Act, Chapter 718, and the Homeowners’ Association Act, Chapter 720, have been amended to require that board members be “certified.” There are two ways a board member can comply with the certification requirement. Read more


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July Tips

Keith's Corner: The perfect time to plant
The rainy season is upon us in South Florida. July is a great time to purchase an inexpensive rain shut off device, which saves money and water by turning off an irrigation system when it rains. Make sure that any automatic timers for sprinklers have their rain sensors turned on. If you have not already, prepare your trees for hurricane season by checking for damaged or weak branches and pruning, if needed. July is also the perfect month to plant new trees and shrubs while the rainy season is here. Make sure to water any newly planted tree, shrub or grass daily until the root system has been established. 

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

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