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The Airbnb Phenomenon and What It Means for Your Community Association

Posted in Association Documents, Rental

If your community association is located in or relatively near an area that is attractive to tourists, it is time for your board to start discussing the Airbnb phenomenon and what it might mean in the coming years. Sites like Airbnb, VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner), FlipKey, HomeAway, and Roomorama tout the fact  that they… Continue Reading

What are considered “Official Records” in Florida Condominiums and HOAs?

Posted in Official Records, Operations, Reader Q&A

Question: I am the secretary of my homeowners’ association. In reading the bylaws, I see that I am responsible for making sure that the association maintains all official records. However, our bylaws do not specify what constitutes an “official record.” We just had our annual elections. We now have ballots, and a large number of… Continue Reading

Condo Boards Can Prohibit Remote Attendance At Board Meetings By Unit Owners

Posted in Meetings, Operations, Reader Q&A

Question: Our condominium board has decided that they will no longer allow unit owners to attend board meetings “remotely” via telephone conference. Rather, the board has now ruled that only board members may participate via telephone conference. Is it legal for the board to prohibit unit owners from attending a board meeting “remotely?” R.P. (via… Continue Reading

Bylaws Can Authorize Pay For Condo’s Officers

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: The officers of our condominium association (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) are all paid, and have asked for a pay raise this year. Is this legal?  I thought this was a volunteer job under Florida law?  M.I. (via e-mail) Answer: According to Section 718.112(2)(a)1 of the Florida Condominium Act, officers serve without compensation… Continue Reading

HOA Documents Need To Determine Deadline For Acceptance Of Board Candidates

Posted in Board Eligibility, Reader Q&A

Question: We have two openings on our Board. Only two people put in their name by the established deadline. Then, two board members, without board approval, asked the management company to send a “second chance letter”, and the management company refused to get involved. These two directors, again without board authority, sent out a letter… Continue Reading

Are Condominium Association Term Limits Permitted?

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: I have been reviewing the online condominium election materials from the State of Florida. There is nothing in the materials that specifically addresses term limits. What is your opinion regarding whether term limits in condominium association bylaws are permitted? E. N. (via e-mail) Answer: The issue of whether terms limits, sometimes called “sit out… Continue Reading

Bylaws Change On Board Terms

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: We have an election upcoming. Our bylaws have just been changed to two-year staggered terms for board members. Our question is whether all five current board members have to run for re-election, or whether some will be allowed to continue on without re-running. D.C. (via e-mail) Answer: If your association has not heretofore been… Continue Reading