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Changes to the Homeowners’ Association Act: HB 437 Expands Property Owners’ Rights to Use Their Property

April 4, 2024 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

“Why does the HOA care what I do in my backyard?” is an all-too-common question posed by homeowners. Responsible for maintaining the community rules, facilities, and appearance, homeowners’ associations have an important role in upholding community standards. However, a common complaint amongst owners revolves around their homeowners’ association’s (“HOA”) authority […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Key Changes and Impacts Under the Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights

January 30, 2024 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

On October 1, 2023, House Bill 919, also known as the “Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights” took effect. This comprehensive bill provides several crucial changes related to the removal of homeowners’ association (“HOA”) officers and directors, fines and suspensions for violations of the declarations, bylaws, or rules of the HOA, […]

Can a Community Association Restrict Solar Panel Installation?

October 31, 2023 Community Association Industry Legal Blog, Energy & Utilities Industry Legal Blog

Solar power is gaining traction as a common source of meeting Floridians’ electricity needs. In most cases, homeowners capture solar energy through the installation of roof mounted solar panels. Though readily accessible to most, solar panels are often unsightly and are a topic of concern and debate in community associations. […]

Recent Florida Case Makes Clear That Settlement Agreements Reached in Connection with Mediation Must be Signed by All Parties to be Enforceable

April 6, 2023 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

Learn about mandatory mediation for certain disputes in Florida before filing a lawsuit, and the special requirement for written settlements reached in mediation. The recent Parkland Condominium Association Case sets an example of the importance of parties, attorneys, and mediators ensuring all parties sign a settlement agreement for it to be enforceable. Discover the details of this case and the general rule of law in Florida that favors enforcing settlements whenever possible.

How Long Does a Florida HOA or Condominium Association have to foreclose on a HOA/COA Lien?

January 20, 2023 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

Florida law provides that community associations may collect assessments from unit owners to cover operating and maintenance costs. If a unit owner fails to pay, the association may record the unpaid assessment as a lien against the property and eventually file for foreclosure. However, to perfect the assessment as a […]

What Does the Building Safety Act for Condominium and Cooperative Associations Mean for My Association?

June 11, 2022 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

On May 26, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Building Safety Act for Condominium and Cooperative Associations (“Building Safety Act”) into law. The Building Safety Act brings sweeping changes to Florida’s condominium and cooperative association laws, particularly regarding building inspections and reserves. This article will provide an overview of […]

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