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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

Becker & Poliakoff Announces Free Condo and HOA Seminars

Posted in Education

Becker & Poliakoff is committed to sharing our legal knowledge to help others. We do so by offering State-approved educational resources in various forms, including more than two dozen courses, conferences, panel discussions, personal meetings, and webinars that you can conveniently attend from your office or home. With this many available options, it is easy… Continue Reading

Is Board Certification Really Necessary for Board Members in Florida?

Posted in Board Eligibility, Education, Reader Q&A

Question: I read your blog on “board certification” in condominiums and have suggested to our president that all board members take such a course. I received no reply. I sent a document production request via certified mail and received as proof the “notice of intent to become a candidate” forms with the required State certification… Continue Reading

What is Your Community’s Most Outlandish Emotional Support Animal Request?

Posted in Education, Service Animals/Emotional Support Animals

I am going to preface this blog post by stating that there are individuals who struggle with emotional disabilities and who can legitimately benefit from the use of an emotional support animal. However, this blog post is not about those people. Unfortunately, those of us who live in shared ownership communities, serve on their boards… Continue Reading

Tampa Seminar: Hurricane Amnesia – Disaster Planning & The Reality of Insurance Claim Outcomes

Posted in Education, Events, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance

It has been years since Florida has been impacted by a major windstorm event, which is fortunate for us as property and business owners but does nothing to remind board members and managers of the importance of proper disaster planning before it is needed. The statewide community association law firm of Becker & Poliakoff and… Continue Reading

Condominium, HOA, and Cooperative Association App Launches on iPhone and Android Devices

Posted in Education, Operations

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, August 28, 2014 – Volunteer boards and property managers responsible for the operation of condominiums, homeowner’s associations and coops will find their jobs a little easier thanks to a new Smartphone app from the Becker & Poliakoff Community Association Law Practice group. The new “Pocket Condo, HOA and Coop Guide” is now… Continue Reading

Community Association Legislative Guides Now Available From CALL-Becker & Poliakoff

Posted in CALL Alert, Education, Legislation

FT. LAUDERDALE, July 31, 2014 – The Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), a statewide advocacy group created by the Becker & Poliakoff law firm, is helping community association leaders analyze changes to laws affecting community associations with its 2014 Legislative Guides. Designed to assist volunteer boards, management companies and professional managers, the Guides provide a… Continue Reading

Can Condo Board Certification Classes be “Closed Meetings”?

Posted in Education, Meetings, Operations, Reader Q&A

Question: Our condominium association recently had a “board certification” class presented to it by the association’s attorney, in our clubhouse. Only board members were invited to attend. My contention is that because there was interaction between board members and ideas were probably developed, the meeting should have been posted and all owners should have been… Continue Reading

Board Members Have Two Choices In Being Considered An Approved Director By The State

Posted in Education, Reader Q&A

Question: I am a new board member in a small condominium association. We have a management company. Am I required to take an educational course in order to be a director? M.P. (via e-mail) Answer: Section 718.112(2)(d)4.b of the Florida Condominium Act provides that within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board,… Continue Reading