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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

Listen Live to Donna DiMaggio Berger on Topical Currents Discussing “Sprinkler Opt-outs”

Posted in Common Areas, Water Sprinklers

Donna DiMaggio Berger, Shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Law Practice Group will appear on WLRN’s Topical Currents with Joseph Cooper Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 PM. The topic of this episode will be “Sprinkler Op-outs”. Please call in and join the discussion! For more information and a link to the show’s archive, please… Continue Reading

Grant Funding Available Now for Wind Mitigation Retrofits for Vulnerable Condominium Community in Florida

Posted in Construction, Housing for Older Persons (55 and Over), Safety and security

FAIR (Florida Association for Insurance Reform) is seeking a low to moderate income condominium community to benefit from a Residential Construction Mitigation Program (RCMP) grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  The $194,000 grant will be used to supplement the cost of wind mitigation improvements that increase community safety and reduce insurance premiums and… 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

Vote for Becker & Poliakoff in this Year’s FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Award

Posted in Voting

Becker & Poliakoff would like to thank FLCAJ Readers for our nomination in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards. We have been serving Florida’s communities in Condominium and Homeowners Association, Real Estate, Business Litigation and Construction law for more than 40 years. These milestone achievements and accomplishments would not exist without the support and relationship from… 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

Are Florida HOAs Permitted to Host “Penny-Ante” Games of Chance?

Posted in Common Areas, Rules & Regulations

Question: I’ve heard that homeowners associations are permitted to permit “penny-ante” types of card games on common property, but don’t know what exactly is considered gambling and what’s permitted under the law. (J.M. by e-mail) Answer: Section 840.08 of the Florida Statutes defines gambling to include “any game of cards, keno, roulette, faro or other… 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

Privacy Rights Should Be Guarded

Posted in Association Documents, Discrimination/Fair Housing, Rental

Question: Our declaration of condominium documents give the board the right to approve sales and leases. We have no one on our board that has experience in reviewing application information. A former board member, who is also an attorney, helps us review the information we receive. He makes a recommendation as to whether the application… Continue Reading

Service Contracts Should Always be Reviewed by Association Attorney

Posted in Common Areas, Landscaping, Service Contracts

Question:  My condominium association entered into a landscaping contract a few months ago. The contract calls for the landscaping contractor to cut the grass, trim the trees, replace dead vegetation, and (overall) keep the property looking good. In just a short period of time the contractor is doing a lousy job. The grass isn’t cut… 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

Florida HOAs Should Regularly Review Architectural Review Board Guidelines

Posted in Governing Documents

Question:  I live in a homeowners association and serve as chairman of the architectural review board (ARB). An owner recently submitted an application to repaint the exterior of his home a bright yellow color. The home is currently painted light brown. Our ARB rejected the application because we feel that the proposed bright color is… Continue Reading

Association Has Several Options to Enforce HOA Documents

Posted in Association Documents, Covenant Enforcement/Violations, Rules & Regulations, Suspensions, Fines & Remedies

Question: The governing documents for our homeowners’ association contain a number of restrictions and rules. However, they do not contain any instructions on what happens if an owner fails to comply with the documents. If an owner is not obeying the documents, what does the homeowners’ association do? (D.H by e-mail) Answer: The association has… 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