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Florida Condo Associations Cannot Waive Year-End Audits for More than Three Consecutive Years

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial

Question: Our annual budget is always over $500,000 and requires a year-end audit unless waived by the owners, which I understand cannot be done more than three consecutive years. Is there a penalty and what could happen if the association obtains owner approval to waive the audit for more than three consecutive years? M.K. via… Continue Reading

Departing Condominium Board Member Must Relinquish Keys Within Five Days

Posted in Managers (CAMS), Operations, Reader Q&A

Question: Recently, our association’s president resigned and took a job with our management company at another complex. While our office manager was on vacation this former president was in her office for a few hours. If he resigned doesn’t he have to turn in his key to the office. He has no business in there…. Continue Reading

Community Association Leadership Lobby What Community Association Bills Have Been Filed So Far?—CALL Alert for February 1, 2017

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial, CALL Alert, Legislation, Uncategorized

The Florida Legislature met in Talahassee for two weeks in January, but so far, no community association bills have been heard in committee. The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Chris Sprowls, did hear a presentation about “Condominium Terminations” and the termination provisions in Section 718.117, Florida Statutes.  We expect that there will be legislation… Continue Reading

HOA Board Members Should be Wary about Contracting with Their Association

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Fiduciary Duty of Board of Directors, Landscaping, Service Contracts

Question: I own the company that provides landscaping services to the community where I live. The association recently sent out a notice soliciting self-nominations for the board of directors. I submitted my nomination, but the board has indicated that I am not eligible to run given the current contract between the association and my landscape… Continue Reading

What are Pooled Reserves and How do we Implement Them?

Posted in Association Documents, Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Meetings, Uncategorized

Question: I am a new director on my condominium association board. At a recent board meeting, there was a discussion about switching to “pooled” reserves. What are pooled reserves and what does the association have to do to implement pooled reserves? R.G. Answer: Cash flow funding of condominium reserves, often referred to as the “pooling”… Continue Reading

Florida Condominium Residents Should Leave Contractors Alone

Posted in Common Areas, Construction, Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Maintenance & Repair

Question: I live in a condominium association and there has been discussion concerning who has the authority to direct the association’s contractors and vendors, including the landscapers. We feel that because we pay for these services, these individuals work for us, and we should be able to tell them what to do. The manager told… Continue Reading

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

Investment of Condominium Association Funds Warrants Caution

Posted in Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Fiduciary Duty of Board of Directors

Question: I am a member of my condominium association’s board of directors. Recently, we were discussing how the association’s reserve funds should be invested. Historically, we have kept the association reserve funds in savings accounts and CDs, which are fully insured. However, the returns on these accounts have been minimal. Certain members of the association… Continue Reading

Are Social Event Expenses a Proper Expense for Florida Condominium Associations?

Posted in Association Documents, Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Governing Documents, Reader Q&A

Question: My condominium association holds an annual holiday party at a nearby restaurant. The association pays for everything, including the banquet hall, food and refreshments, by using common funds. Is this a proper common expense? J.A. Answer: Maybe. Your condominium association’s governing documents likely include a definition of “common expenses.” If this definition specifically includes… Continue Reading

Condo Association Must Make Records Available Within Five Working Days of Written Request

Posted in Official Records, Reader Q&A

Question: In a recent article, you stated that the Florida Condominium Act requires associations to make records available within 5 working days of a written request. However, I thought that the Association has 10 working days to provide access to the records. Which is correct? (P.G. by e-mail) Answer: You are referring to my column … Continue Reading

Florida HOA Board Required to Act in Response to Member Petition

Posted in Meetings, Reader Q&A, Voting

Question: I am the president of my homeowners’ association and recently the board voted to proceed with a construction project within the community. Shortly after the vote, the association received a petition signed by a number of owners asking the board to reconsider the issue. Since the board has already discussed and voted on this… Continue Reading

The Top 5 Reasons Your Community Association Should Consider Online Voting For Important Membership Votes

Posted in Elections, Operations, Voting

Voter apathy is nothing new in most community associations but to really understand the reason why your community regularly fails to achieve a quorum, elect a new board or to successfully tackle longstanding projects which require membership approval, it is important to look a little at human nature. It is no secret that most of… Continue Reading

Manager’s Minute, October 2016

Posted in Managers (CAMS), Uncategorized

Welcome to this issue of Manager’s Minute! Can you believe we are in the home stretch of the end of the year? Boy, did this year fly by. Lots of action in the community association field as well – important court rulings, HUD guidance on using criminal background checks to deny applicants and residents creating… Continue Reading

Right to See Association Employee Wages Ambiguous

Posted in Association Documents, Official Records, Reader Q&A

Question: Do I have the right to know the compensation package of employees of my homeowners’ association?  (J.S.by e-mail) Answer: This is a complicated issue and there is not unanimity of opinion as to what the law actually means. The answer to your question may depend on where the information you seek is contained. The… Continue Reading

New Class in Sarasota, Florida: Condo Construction Projects Gone Wild!

Posted in Construction, Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Insurance, Maintenance & Repair

Presented By: Conrad Lazo and Steven H. Mezer Provider #0000811, Course #9626710, 2 HR CEU Credits This class is designed to educate community association managers and board members about the issues and pitfalls associated with community association renovations, maintenance and repairs to association property. We will address various issues including: Certificates of Insurance – Additional… 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

Did My Association Legally Adjourn a Membership Meeting to a Later Date?

Posted in Governing Documents, Meetings, Operations, Voting

Question: My condominium association was set to have a big vote on some controversial amendments to the governing documents a few weeks ago. The proposed amendments include leasing changes that are onerous to investors and changes to the pet rules that seem totally unnecessary. I am strongly against these amendments, as are many other owners…. 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

There is a Difference Between Requests to Inspect Official Records and Certified Inquiries

Posted in Association Documents, Official Records, Uncategorized

Question: We have a resident asking for clarification on the proper procedure to obtain copies of an invoice for work performed in the community. In a previous column, I thought you stated that requests for official records in a condominium association must be submitted by certified mail. Does this same requirement apply to a request… Continue Reading