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Volunteers Can Cause Involuntary Liability For Condos and HOAs

Posted in Insurance, Liability, Reader Q&A

Question: Our homeowners’ association was recently informed that our liability insurance does not cover volunteers while they are working for the association. Therefore, the board voted to eliminate all volunteer activities involving manual labor such as pulling weeds, trimming bushes, or laying mulch. What is your view on this? D.L. (via e-mail)   Answer: Volunteers… Continue Reading

Patio, Common Ground Don’t Mix In HOA, Either

Posted in Construction Issues & Contractual Disputes, Reader Q&A

Question: In one of your recent columns, you stated that an individual who constructed a cement patio extension on “common ground” in a condominium probably needed to get permission from all of the unit owners in order for this to be a valid addition. Does the same rule apply for homeowners’ associations?  E.S. (via e-mail)… Continue Reading

Assessment Late Fee Proposed

Posted in Assessment Collection, Reader Q&A

Question: Our association wants to charge a late fee for delinquent assessments. Is this legal?  M.C. (via e-mail) Answer: All of Florida’s housing laws (Chapter 718 for condominium associations, Chapter 719 for cooperative associations, and Chapter 720 for homeowners’ associations) provide that the authority to charge a late fee must be contained in the declaration,… Continue Reading

Pool Smoking Ban in Florida HOAs Considered

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: Our homeowners’ association wants to ban smoking at the outdoor pool. Our governing documents do not address smoking, but they do give the board rulemaking authority regarding the use of the common areas. Does the board have the authority to institute a rule banning smoking at the outdoor pool given that the Florida Clean… Continue Reading

Master Association ‘Council’ Meeting May Not Violate Florida’s Sunshine Laws

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question:  I live in a community with a number of different neighborhood associations, and a master association. The associations have a “Presidents’ Council”, which meets regularly to discuss issues of common interest, share information, and the like. Are these meetings subject to Florida sunshine laws? E.F. (via e-mail) Answer: No, assuming that this group does… Continue Reading

Training Rule Raises Questions for Florida HOAs

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Question: I read your recent columns regarding the new laws for homeowners’ associations. I would like to know if the requirement making it mandatory for directors to either take a training course or “certify” that they will enforce the governing documents applies to existing directors. C.P. (via e-mail) Answer: The new law became effective July… Continue Reading

New Law Regarding Telephone Directories Still A Confusing Issue

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: I read your recent article regarding the new condominium law about publishing a members’ directory (telephone book). Can we publish e-mail addresses as well? What telephone numbers can we publish? E.W. (via e-mail) Answer: Unfortunately, the new statute (which applies to condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations) is rather vague and somewhat confusing. It was… Continue Reading

Recent Changes to Florida Statutes Affect Existing HOAs

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: I have been following  your recent articles on changes to the Florida Statutes, and am particularly interested in changes to Chapter 720 involving homeowners’ associations. Do all the changes apply to existing HOAs, or just those started after July 1, 2013? I am most curious about the new changes regulating when a developer’s turnover… Continue Reading

Screening potential purchasers or tenants in Broward County

Posted in Discrimination/Fair Housing, Land Use and Government Issues

A proposed change to the Broward County Human Rights ordinance impacts how your association will process applications for transfer (sale or lease) approval. Compliance with federal, state and local fair housing laws is mandatory and thus community leaders must become familiar with what the law prohibits. The Broward County Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination in… Continue Reading

Final Review of New Florida Condo, Cooperative and HOA Laws

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today’s column wraps up our review of legislation enacted during the 2013 Session of the Florida Legislature of interest to community associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations: • Engineer/Architect Limitation of Liability:  Pursuant to Chapter 2013-028, Laws of Florida (effective July 1, 2013), new Section 558.0035, Florida Statutes was created to provide that design professionals are… Continue Reading

Statutes Affect Records Review in Condos and HOAs

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today’s column will continue our review of the 2013 legislation, with a focus on changes applicable to cooperatives. Official Records: Official records must now generally be maintained for seven years, and records must be made available for shareholder inspection within 45 miles of the cooperative property, or in the county in which the cooperative is… Continue Reading

New Laws Affect HOAs in Florida

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today, we will continue reviewing new laws for homeowners’ associations, often referred to as HOAs. The main changes for HOAs are found in House Bill 7119, which is now officially cited as Chapter 2013-218, Laws of Florida. Chapter 2013-218, effective July 1, 2013, amends Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes, often called the Florida Homeowners’… Continue Reading

New HOA Laws Effective July 1

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today, we will continue reviewing new laws for homeowners’ associations, often referred to as HOAs. The main changes for HOAs are found in House Bill 7119, which is now officially cited as Chapter 2013-218, Laws of Florida, effective July 1, 2013 and which amend Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes, often called the Florida Homeowners’… Continue Reading

Review of New Florida Condo Laws Continues

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today’s column continues with our review of laws enacted during the 2013 Legislative Session affecting community associations. Today, we begin with a review of the main Bill affecting condominiums, HB 73, officially known as Chapter 2013-188, Laws of Florida, effective July 1, 2013. Elevator Upgrades: The Phase II Firefighters’ Service upgrade does not have to… Continue Reading

Non-Resident Investors Snap Up Condominium Units

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: Our condominium association has experienced a rapid increase in the purchase of units by investors. Our board is worried because we will soon reach a state where approximately seventy percent of our units are owned by absentee owners/investors. Does Florida law give the board any leeway in restricting sales to only people who wish… Continue Reading

Should HOAs be required to register with the State of Florida?

Posted in Legislation

If you are following proposed legislation impacting community associations you know that there is significant activity this year.  Below you will find a full and complete explanation of the action taken yesterday in connection with SB 580.    While SB 580 contains many positive and beneficial changes, it isn’t free from all controversy.   Many community leaders object to having to register… Continue Reading

If HOAs Want Condominium-Style Voting Procedures, It Must Be Stated In The Governing Documents

Posted in Operations, Reader Q&A

Question: I recently had the opportunity to review an article you wrote in 2010 regarding the new law that permits homeowners’ associations to elect directors through secret ballots and the “two envelope system” that condominiums use. My question is, if the bylaws are silent on use of the “two envelope/secret ballot” election process, is it… Continue Reading

Non-Profit Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Policies Exclude Compensation for Compensated Directors in Most Cases

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: I saw your article and blog entitled “Director Compensation Allowed” which ran in The News-Press on September 30, 2012. I am an insurance agent and work with many condominium and homeowners’ associations. While I understand that director compensation may be legal under the appropriate circumstances, it is important to understand that most, if not… Continue Reading