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Why the Florida Legislature Needs to Fix Condo Sprinkler-System Problem | Sun Sentinel Opinion

Posted in Common Areas, Fire Sprinklers, Safety and security, Uncategorized, Water Sprinklers

For more than a decade older high-rise condominiums throughout Florida have been discussing, debating, and exercising their legal rights with regard to sprinkler system retrofitting requirements. In 2003, the Florida Legislature responded by allowing each community to vote to opt out of sprinklers inside their units and the right to opt out of installing an… Continue Reading

Some Condominium Owner Information Is Public Record in Florida

Posted in Common Areas, Privacy, Safety and security

Question: I recently purchased a condominium unit. There is a board posted next to the elevator to my unit that contains the names of all unit owners and their unit numbers. Is the association authorized to do this? (D.L. by e-mail) Answer: There is no legal prohibition against publishing this particular information. It is a… Continue Reading

Secondhand Smoke on Condominium Lanai: What are my Rights?

Posted in Common Areas, Reader Q&A, Safety and security

Question: I just read the question you answered in one of your prior columns about a man wanting to smoke cigars in the common area of his condominium complex. You said that “the ill-health effects of secondhand smoke are well established.” I live on the second floor of a two-story condominium building. When someone smokes… Continue Reading

Defending (My) Our Castle: A Look at Gun Regulation by Community Associations

Posted in Safety and security

By Joseph E. Adams and Jay Roberts Please click here for the entire article as a PDF On September 6, 2012, David Merritt, president of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association, called a homeowners association meeting to order. Approximately 30 minutes later, Merritt, and former president of Spring Creek Marvin Fisher, would be fatally shot by… Continue Reading

Grant Funding Available Now for Wind Mitigation Retrofits for Vulnerable Condominium Community in Florida

Posted in Construction, Housing for Older Persons (55 and Over), Safety and security

FAIR (Florida Association for Insurance Reform) is seeking a low to moderate income condominium community to benefit from a Residential Construction Mitigation Program (RCMP) grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  The $194,000 grant will be used to supplement the cost of wind mitigation improvements that increase community safety and reduce insurance premiums and… Continue Reading

The Fuss about Florida’s Fire Sprinkler Opt Out Deadline

Posted in CALL Alert, Safety and security

Dear CALL Members: The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes (“Division”) has recently been quoted in several media articles advising that all multifamily buildings in Florida, regardless of height, must install sprinklers unless they opt out prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline. In the aftermath of that revelation, some Florida attorneys are… Continue Reading

Community Update 2016, Volume 04

Posted in Common Areas, Community Update, Rental, Safety and security

As summer takes hold, many communities will come to life with BBQs, pool parties, and new residents now that the school year is over and families tend to relocate. In this issue, we look to help Associations navigate the summer waters as smoothly as possible. Summertime Grilling on a Condominium Balcony…Think Again While summer grilling… Continue Reading

Special Event: In The Aftermath of a Disaster

Posted in Education, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Safety and security

Becker & Poliakoff and The American Red Cross present Prepare Your Community for a Disaster! Please join us for a unique presentation by Mr. Benjamin Bellucci, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter, which is designed to prepare you and your association members for worst case scenarios. Mr. Bellucci has trained… Continue Reading

2016 Legislative and Community Association Resource Guide

Posted in CALL Alert, Legislation, Safety and security, Voting

Becker & Poliakoff and CALL’s 2016 Legislative and Community Association Resource Guide (“Guide”) is now available for viewing and printing. The Guide is applicable to all three (3) types of shared-ownership communities (condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations). The 2016 Legislative Session ended without any significant piece of community association legislation passing. While there were many… Continue Reading

Association Rules Specifying Children Can Spell Trouble!

Posted in Common Areas, Safety and security

This post originally appeared in The Community Association Law Blog. Once upon a time, community associations passed rules which all but shouted that children were a nuisance.  Rules were routinely passed which clarified that little Tommy and Tina couldn’t use the pool, clubhouse, exercise room or other amenities without Mom and Dad in tow or… Continue Reading

Can your Board of Directors Ban Guns in Your Community? – Part II

Posted in Rules & Regulations, Safety and security

This post originally appeared in The Community Association Law Blog. In Part I of my blog post on guns in community associations, we discussed the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) categorized gun ownership inside a home as a fundamental right… Continue Reading

Can your Board of Directors Ban Guns in Your Community?

Posted in Rules & Regulations, Safety and security

This post originally appeared in The Community Association Law Blog. PART I: Florida lawmakers are considering several gun proposals in the 2016 Session. One bill would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses while another would allow individuals with those concealed-weapons licenses to openly and visibly carry those firearms…. Continue Reading

Is There A Limitation On The Use of Drones In Community Associations?

Posted in Common Areas, Reader Q&A, Safety and security

Question: The issue of remote-controlled “drones” was recently brought up at our homeowners’ association meeting. There was concern by certain residents that people might start using drones within the community. Are there limitations on the ability of the people to use drones within a community? R.W. (via e-mail) Answer: The issue of drones or other… Continue Reading

Think twice before installing security cameras in condominiums

Posted in Common Areas, Maintenance & Repair, Material Alteration, Safety and security

Does your condominium building have security cameras that were installed by the developer?  Have there been violations of the association’s security protocol, such as unauthorized use of key fobs and contractor access to the building without registering with the front desk?  If the answer to both questions is “yes”, would you think that installing a… Continue Reading

Security Lights Keep Resident Awake At Night

Posted in Common Areas, Reader Q&A, Safety and security

Question: Our condominium building just had new security lights installed.  These new lights were not discussed at a membership meeting and the unit owners were not given the opportunity to vote in favor of or against the installation.  These lights illuminate my entire unit, making it difficult for me to sleep.  Can the board make these… Continue Reading