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Florida Condo Board May Have Authority to Approve Changes to Common Areas

Posted in Association Documents, Common Areas, Material Alteration, Voting

Question: Recently, my condominium association installed a bike rack and bench on the property. Following the installation, I questioned the board whether these changes should have been approved by 75% of all unit owners. In response, the board stated that our documents allow the board to spend up to 5% of the association’s budget on… Continue Reading

At Your Service: Condo Call-In with Donna DiMaggio Berger of Becker & Poliakoff

Posted in Elections, Fire Sprinklers, Governing Documents, Legislation, Voting, Water Sprinklers

Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take. If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections. Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards? Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your… Continue Reading

Florida Association Boards Can Adopt Rules for Records Requests

Posted in Association Documents, Governing Documents, Official Records

Question: In a recent column, you said that an owner wanting to inspect association records has to make a written request. Does a request by e-mail satisfy the law? (B.H. by e-mail) Answer: While the Florida Condominium, Cooperative, and Homeowners’ Association Acts all require that owners submit “written” requests to inspect records, there is no… Continue Reading

New Florida Condo Bill Filed by Senator Garcia Includes Criminal Penalties

Posted in Assessment Collection, Association Documents, Budgets, Reserves & Financial, CALL Alert, Elections, Official Records, Voting

Last month, the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County released a Grand Jury Report titled “Addressing Condo Owners’ Pleas for Help:  Recommendations for Legislative Action”.  You can read the Miami-Herald Article about the Grand Jury Report here. Today, Senator Rene Garcia filed SB 1682, Relating to Condominiums, which incorporates some of the recommendations of the Grand… Continue Reading

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Part I – How to Navigate Management Company Transitions

Posted in CAM, Managers (CAMS)

Hopefully, most of us enter into relationships with the expectation that they will last. However, for those of us past adolescence, we realize that even long-term relationships can end and, even when they were good for a long time, the manner in which they do can overshadow everything that preceded that ending. In the next… Continue Reading

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

Can a Candidate Withdraw From a Condominium Election and Then Change Their Mind?

Posted in Elections, Governing Documents, Voting

Question:  The bylaws of our condominium association specify that the board of Directors shall be comprised of not less than five nor more than seven members.  Six members filed their applications for candidacy by the required deadline (40 days before the annual meeting).  One of the members subsequently sent an email requesting that their application… Continue Reading

Why the Florida Legislature Needs to Fix Condo Sprinkler-System Problem | Sun Sentinel Opinion

Posted in Common Areas, Fire Sprinklers, Safety and security, Uncategorized, Water Sprinklers

For more than a decade older high-rise condominiums throughout Florida have been discussing, debating, and exercising their legal rights with regard to sprinkler system retrofitting requirements. In 2003, the Florida Legislature responded by allowing each community to vote to opt out of sprinklers inside their units and the right to opt out of installing an… 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

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

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

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

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

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

BPBALLOT Online Vote a Success in Santa Rosa Florida

Posted in Association Documents, Uncategorized, Voting

Several weeks ago, our first BPBALLOT online vote was finalized up in Santa Rosa Beach and it was a grand SUCCESS! Since our first vote we have several more communities who have already purchased a BPBALLOT license and have their online votes underway. If your community has historically struggled to achieve a quorum on important… Continue Reading