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Community Update

January 2018

In this Issue

Welcome to 2018! A new year is upon us, as is a new State Legislative Session, legal fallout from the deluge of sexual harassment allegations that erupted late last year, and a host of other legal and social issues facing community associations. It should keep us all on our toes in the months ahead, so “let’s do this!”

Yeline Goin, Executive Director of our Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), kicks this issue off with her 2018 Legislative Session Preview. Yeline provides insight on the bills expected to impact communities throughout the state should they become law this year.

While the spotlight surrounding the sexual harassment allegations and heightened social awareness of the issue has focused on a handful of prominent industries, the truth is that harassment is a problem in every industry and Florida’s community associations (a non-traditional industry but an industry nonetheless) are not immune. In Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Community Association Workplace we discuss ways to prevent and address these claims.

The legalization of and controversy around the use of medical marijuana in Florida also effects community associations. In Medical Marijuana and Your Florida Community, we take a look at some of the key questions and legal obligations facing private communities concerned with maintaining and promoting the general health, happiness, and peace of mind in the majority of the owners while complying with changes in marijuana laws.

What’s New With Official Records? guides you through the more practical points of maintaining and providing access to an association’s official records in light of new requirements that last year’s legislative changes put into effect.

Lastly, in Stopping The Limitations Clock In Bank Foreclosures – Bartram V. U.S. Bank, we take a look at a major Florida Supreme Court decision and the implications it has when an association is making decisions about its strategy for dealing with mortgage companies and residential foreclosures.

  • 2018 Legislative Session Preview

    The 2018 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2018, and end on March 9, 2018.  The following are some of the bills that have been filed that, if passed, will have an impact on community associations.

    HB 841/SB 1274, Relating to Community Associations.  Among other things, the bills make …

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  • Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Community Association Workplace

    Sexual harassment is not often thought about in the context of community association law.  The reality, however, is that the number of sexual harassment claims brought against community associations has skyrocketed in recent years, making it imperative that a community association know everything it can about the law to shield itself from these types …

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  • Medical Marijuana and Your Florida Community

    Citizens in the Sunshine State approved Amendment 2, which legalized the use of medical marijuana, by a 71% margin. Florida is expected to log more than $1 billion in medical marijuana sales by 2019, according to a report compiled by marijuana industry analysts New Frontier Data and Arcview Market Research. The full extent of …

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  • What’s New With Official Records?

    The Condominium Act (“The Act”) has a catchall provision which essentially provides that “other written records” related to the operation of a condominium are considered official records of an association.  In 2017, the Act underwent some changes as it pertains to official records and these changes are important to keep in mind to avoid …

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  • Stopping the Limitations Clock in Bank Foreclosures – Bartram v. U.S. Bank

    Associations across Florida have anxiously awaited the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla., November 3, 2016).  While the underlying facts in Bartram are somewhat convoluted, the relevant question before the Florida Supreme Court was whether the five (5) year statute …

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Did you know?

Yeline Goin, is the Executive Director of our Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL). CALL’s sole purpose is to enhance the quality of life and protect property values for Florida’s community associations and residents. CALL helps draft legislation, offers legal insight and analysis for community leaders and members, and provides valuable resources aimed at making the daily operation of Florida’s community associations easier. Visit CALL’s website by clicking the button below.