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2018 Legislative Changes to the Florida Cooperative Act

On March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the 2018 legislative changes to the Florida Cooperative Act (Chapter 719, Florida Statutes).  These changes become law on July 1, 2018.  This blog post provides a detailed summary of these … Read Full Post

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2018 Legislative Changes to the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act

On March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the 2018 legislative changes to the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act.  These changes become law on July 1, 2018.  This blog post provides a detailed summary of these statutory amendments affecting … Read Full Post

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2018 Legislative Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

On March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the 2018 legislative changes to the Florida Condominium Act.  These changes become law on July 1, 2018.  This blog post provides a detailed summary of these statutory amendments affecting Florida’s … Read Full Post

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Are E-Mails Considered Official Records for Florida’s Community Associations?

Florida’s community associations, including condominiums and homeowners associations, are required to keep and maintain its official records.  See Fla. Stat. § 718.111(12); Fla. Stat. § 720.303(4).  Upon request, those official records are to be made available to all members at … Read Full Post

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Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Responsibility Within Your Condominium Association

Damage to condominium property and the inevitable ensuing argument over the party responsible for the cost of repair is a familiar scenario for many association members.  Unit owners, board members and association managers are often unsure of which entity is … Read Full Post

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What Community Associations Should Know About the Fair Housing Act

Community association board members and managers are often so preoccupied ensuring compliance with state and local laws that they can sometimes overlook controlling federal law. Multiple federal statutory acts can apply to community associations in any given situation and overlooking those federal laws can have costly consequences. One such area of federal law that governs every community association at all times is the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). Read Full Post

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When Does the Americans With Disabilities Act Apply to Community Associations?

Community association board members and managers are often so preoccupied ensuring compliance with state and local laws that they can sometimes overlook controlling federal law. Multiple federal statutory acts can apply to community associations in any given situation and overlooking … Read Full Post

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What Condominium Owners Should Know About Developer Turnover of the Association: Part II

During the construction and initial sales of units within a condominium association, the developer will manage the association’s operations and governance. This means the developer controls the association’s board of directors. Once the development is constructed and a certain percentage of units are sold, then turnover of control of the association to the unit owners must occur. What follows is Part II of what every condominium owner should know about developer turnover of the association. Read Full Post

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What Condominium Owners Should Know About Developer Turnover of the Association: Part I

During the construction and initial sales of units within a condominium association, the developer will manage the association’s operations and governance. This means the developer controls the association’s board of directors. Once the development is constructed and a certain percentage of the units are sold, then turnover of control of the association to the unit owners must occur. What follows is an overview of what every condominium owner should know about developer turnover of the association. Read Full Post

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Requirements to Challenging an Association Election Through Arbitration

Hardly anything generates more buzz and quarrel within community associations than the annual board of director elections. During the annual meeting and election season, numerous legal inquiries are made regarding the law on the election process, election disputes and challenging election results. Challenging an election requires meticulous and timely action. This blog post discusses the requirements to challenging a community association election through the mandated arbitration process. Read Full Post

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