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Condominium Association Must Repair Air Conditioning Lightning Damage

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance, Maintenance & Repair

Question: Recently, the outdoor air conditioning unit servicing my condominium unit was struck by lightning. I turned the claim into my insurance policy. My insurance carrier denied the claim stating that it does not insure the air conditioning unit, and that the air conditioning unit is supposed to be insured by the condominium association under… Continue Reading

Governor Declares a State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Matthew — CALL Alert for October 4, 2016

Posted in CALL Alert, Hurricane/Disaster Issues

Governor Scott has signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew. Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which… Continue Reading

The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

Posted in Fire Sprinklers, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance, Liability, Material Alteration

As the 12/31/16 deadline for Florida high-rises to opt out of a full sprinkler retrofit looms large, the confusion regarding which multifamily buildings should opt out, why and what the consequences of that opt out vote will be escalates. Here are the top five questions I’ve been asked over the last several months from condominium… Continue Reading

Becker & Poliakoff Announces New Condominium & HOA Classes

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Service Animals/Emotional Support Animals

We are 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 for your… 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

Hurricane Shutters and Florida Condominiums

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance, Rules & Regulations

Question: I am preparing to return to my northern home for the summer and intend to deploy the hurricane shutters on my condominium unit. However, the association is advising me that I cannot deploy my hurricane shutters unless there is a storm warning. Is this permissible? (B.M. via e-mail) Answer: Since hurricane season began on… Continue Reading

Erika Heads Our Way — Is Your Community Prepared? — CALL Alert for August 27, 2015

Posted in CALL Alert, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance

With Tropical Storm Erika bearing down upon us and likely to hit our shores over the weekend or early next week, it is important for you to know what to do if your community suffers a property loss due to this storm. There are certain steps you must take to ensure that your insurance claim… Continue Reading

Hurricane Season is here – are you prepared?

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance

This checklist is just the start.  Please download our comprehensive Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide for information regarding disaster mitigation, securing insurance proceeds, compliance with typical policy requirements, restoration of the property and planning needs. 1. Disaster Plan – Do a risk analysis of potential consequences of a storm and develop a complete disaster plan, designating a responsible… Continue Reading

Listen live Tuesday – Condo & HOA Issues WLRN 91.3 FM with attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Legislation, Service Animals/Emotional Support Animals

Community Association attorney and blogger Donna DiMaggio Berger will be the featured guest on WLRN radio show, Topical Currents at 1 pm, Tuesday December 2, 2014.  Donna will be discussing topics that can affect all types of community associations including emotional support and service animal requests, rental and sale restrictions, 55+ communities, material alterations and… 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

Insurance Claim Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale on September 18, 2014

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

The Most Common Community Association Directors & Officers Claims Insurance industry Expert, Joel Meskin, VP of Community Association Insurance & Risk Management at the McGowan Companies will be making a special guest appearance in Florida to discuss the do’s and don’ts of properly insuring and protecting your board of directors from lawsuits and losses. The… Continue Reading

Before the Bottom Drops Out – Investigate Sinkhole Activity While There’s Still Help Available

Posted in Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Sinkhole

One of the most active sinkhole regions of the state is within the area bounded by the triangle formed by extending a line from Ocala to Orlando and over to Tampa. Many community associations that could be impacted in this region may be unaware that these claims will be covered by their property insurance at… Continue Reading

BP Oil is still paying on claims. Could your association or individual community members be eligible?

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Legislation

As virtually every resident, property owner and business owner along the Florida Gulf Coast knows, BP Oil has entered into a class action settlement designed to compensate victims of the April, 2010, oil spill from BP’s Macondo well. The fund was originally established at $20 billion with the requirement under the settlement agreement that if… 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

Citizens Rate Increases to be Considered–CALL Alert for August 15, 2013

Posted in CALL Alert, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) will conduct a public hearing to consider proposed rate increases by Citizens Property Insurance on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at theTampa Convention Center in Tampa,FL (Ballroom D). The hearing is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. The highest proposed rate increase (11.5%) is for condominium associations in the… Continue Reading

Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Posted in Events, Hurricane/Disaster Issues

Course for Condominum Board Members & CAMs – how to prepare, how to handle immediate mitigation needs and what to do to optimize insurance recovery.  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 Highland Beach Library 3618 South Ocean Drive, Highland Beach, FL 33487 According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, the peak hurricane season, from August… Continue Reading

Federal Disaster Assistance Available for Those Impacted by Tropical Storm Debby

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues

Tropical Storm Debby survivors in Florida’s Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla counties can apply for federal disaster assistance.   FEMA announced that it can offer money for temporary housing and essential home repairs not covered by insurance.  FEMA can also help with medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along… Continue Reading

Disaster/Hurricane Planning for Condos & HOAs

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues

Tropical Storm Debby reminds Condo & HOA leaders of the importance of proper disaster planning.  Here are some tips to assist in your planning efforts.  I’ll include more tips in the coming weeks. Some examples of ways that managers, board members, etc., can prepare their offices in advance of a natural disaster: The first step is… Continue Reading

Hurricane Webinar Follow Up Q&A

Posted in Hurricane/Disaster Issues

We want to thank the hundreds of people that registered for our webinar on June 1.  You raised important questions and issues for community leaders and managers.  The webinar is now available for replay if you could not attend.  Click HERE to view the recorded webinar. We received so many questions both during the live event and… Continue Reading