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Is it too soon to start talking about the 2018 Hurricane Season?

No! If Hurricane Irma taught us anything it is that adequate preparation before the storm will go a long way towards addressing issues after the storm.

Now is the time for associations to communicate with its owners about insurance- and liability-related issues. One of the often-confusing areas for many is understanding the …

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BEWARE: Bankruptcy Do’s and Don’ts

If your Community Association has been spared from bankruptcy in the last decade count yourself lucky.  Bankruptcy, in general, is intended to (1) provide a fresh start for the honest, but unfortunate debtor (delinquent owners), and (2) provide equal treatment of all Creditors (including the Association).  Unfortunately, Bankruptcy has also become a safe haven …

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Smoking Prohibited

Several states (including Florida) have banned smoking in most public places. The gradual move toward smoke-free condos, and the extent of a board’s authority in this arena, is the source of much debate within the state. The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, found at Chapter 386 of the Florida Statutes, provides a uniform statewide …

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Conflicts of Interests – Condominium Service Providers

An association’s officers and directors, along with their family members and anyone who has a financial relationship with the director and/or officer, are completely prohibited from entering into an agreement with the condominium association.

Prior to July 1, 2017, §718.3026(3), Florida Statutes, was the only statute applicable regarding conflicts of interest. It …

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Emails as Association Official Records

Whether you live in a condominium, cooperative or homeowner association, the Statute governing your community defines the term “official records.” In defining official records, each Statute has a catch-all provision.

All other written records of the association not specifically included in the foregoing which are related to the operation of the …

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Building Your Association’s Website – What to Ask and How to Make it Happen

In my last CUP article – www.MyCondoNeedsAWebsite.com – I discussed the 2017 statutory changes that require associations with 150 or more units (which do not manage a timeshare) to have websites. This month, I continue the discussion by providing some important questions to ask anyone offering to create …

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