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Community Update, Volume 8, 2017

Posted in Community Update

In this Issue: Arbitration Decisions – What are They and Where can I Find Them? helps you locate decisions from the Division of Florida Condominiums, Time Shares and Mobile Homes. But, I marked it “Paid in Full” will help you figure out what a restrictive endorsement on an assessment payment from an owner means to… Continue Reading

Community Update 2016, Volume 05 is Now Online

Posted in CALL Alert, Community Update, Legislation

Summer is in full swing with record temperatures and lots of beach time greeting us every day. We cannot however forget that changes affecting many communities took effect July 1st. In this issue: We provide our annual recap of community association happenings at the legislative level. This includes: SB 184 concerning rentals to Service Members… 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

Community Update 2014, Volume 11

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As the end of the year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on those with the inspiration and vision to shape our industry.  This year, we sadly experienced the passing of Gary Poliakoff, our Firm’s co-founder and pioneer in the field of community association law. We endeavor to continue his leadership through contributions to the advancement… Continue Reading

Community Update 2014, Volume 6

Posted in Community Update, Official Records, Rules & Regulations, Uncategorized

There have been numerous articles in the press regarding forced sales of condominium units. A law adopted in 2007 changed the procedure to terminate a condominium. Do you understand the termination process? As an owner, do you have any say in whether the condominium terminates? What happens to your mortgage? Our feature Article, Termination of… Continue Reading

Community Update 2014, Volume 5

Posted in Community Update, Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Insurance

Our legislative town halls have provided active community leaders with insights into the new laws that impact community association operations. Over 100 people attended the session held in Fort Lauderdale where the panel consisted of no less than six (6) local legislators. CALL partnered with Biscayne Neighborhood Association, Brickell Homeowners Association, and Downtown Neighbors Alliance… Continue Reading

Community Update 2014, Volume 4

Posted in Assessment Collection, Community Update, Meetings

Slow moving mortgage foreclosures often result in homes or units being vacant for years with the owner completely ignoring what transpires with respect to the property.  The association notices someone seems to be living there – who is that person?  Are they a tenant?  Are they a guest?  Are they a squatter?  What can or… Continue Reading

Community Update 2014, Volume 3

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Congratulations to all the condominium, HOA and cooperative communities honored by being selected a finalist for the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards. The 2014 Conference and Awards Gala will be held at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida on May 2, 2014. There is still ample time to register for this important and educational event… Continue Reading

Community Update 2014, Volume 1

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If Benjamin Franklin was alive today he may have added condominium or HOA fees to the category of life’s certainties. While inevitable, we all know that sometimes fees are not paid. Benjamin Franklin also said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – what preventative measure can you take? Read our… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 9

Posted in Community Update, Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes

After years of little to no activity, new condominium construction is now red hot.  There are reportedly 40 new condo towers planned for the Miami downtown area alone.  Our feature article, Top 10 Questions Regarding Condominium Construction Defects is a must-read for new purchasers. As explained in our CALL Alerts and our 2013 Legislative Guides,… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 8

Posted in Community Update, Legislation

Have you registered? There were many changes made during the 2013 Legislative Session regarding HOA governance, including the requirement for HOA associations to register with DBPR. Associations may now register with the Department at www.myfloridalicense.com/hoa. If you have any questions throughout the one-time registration process, please may contact the Department at 800.226.9101. Broward County associations… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 7

Posted in Community Update, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance

Hope you all enjoyed a relaxing summer and are geared up for the upcoming budget season. Please keep the 2013 Legislative Guides handy and be sure to budget for year-end financial reports required by 2013 legislative changes. 2013 Legislative Guide for Condominiums 2013 Legislative Guide for Cooperatives 2013 Legislative Guide for Homeowners’ Associations Remember to… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 6

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This issue of Community Update features articles written by two of the Firm’s Board Certified Construction Attorneys. The first entitled, Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Repair Estimates When Evaluating Your Construction Defect Claim describes what information repair estimates should include to advance the association’s interests. Construction contract negotiations should always contemplate a method for resolving… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 5

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The 2013 Legislative Session has come to an end. With Executive Director Yeline Goin in Tallahassee full-time, CALL was involved in the legislative process on a daily basis. Yeline’s testimony at the House Civil Justice Subcommittee workshop regarding mortgage foreclosures reminded our elected officials how the foreclosure crisis negatively impacts our communities. The ability to… Continue Reading

Community Update 2013, Volume 2

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Contracts: You can’t live with them and can’t live without them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard community leaders complain about being stuck in onerous contracts with renewal clauses, automatic increases and liquidated damages or buy out provisions that make parting ways way difficult, cumbersome and expensive. In this issue of Community… Continue Reading

Community Update, 2013, Vol. 1 Now Available Online

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Legislative session hasn’t officially started but Florida’s legislators and CALL are already heavily engaged in community association issues. Proposals include mortgage foreclosure reform, new options for board members as well as the unit owners in connection with recalls, changes to Citizen’s Insurance and limits to your options to recover damages from negligent design professionals. Follow… Continue Reading

One Year Wiser – Quality Education in 2014

Posted in Community Update, Events, Operations

At Becker & Poliakoff we care about educating community association volunteers, industry leaders and professional CAMs.  Some of our current course offerings are described below.  In addition to these live presentations, we offer webinars, this blog of course and our Community Update which has been produced and published by the Firm since 1980!  Please join us by… Continue Reading