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Can My Condominium Association Remove Palm Trees?

Posted in Association Documents, Common Areas, Governing Documents, Landscaping, Material Alteration

Question: Our condo board wants to remove 44 mature Foxtail palms that shade the courtyards of our 22 coach home buildings. They claim their roots threaten the sidewalk pavers, but there are low cost solutions to address that concern.  The board also raises a concern regarding the palm fronds touching the roofs, but that is… 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

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

HOA Documents Determine Who is Obligated to Replace Landscaping

Posted in Maintenance & Repair, Reader Q&A

Question: I live in a homeowners’ association where the association maintains the landscaping on all of the individual lots. Recently, I had a number of plants, including hedges and palm trees die, and I do not know who is responsible to pay for their replacement. Because the association maintains the landscaping, is the association responsible… Continue Reading

Documents Govern Landscaping Responsibilities in Florida HOAs

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: The “Architectural Review Committee” in my homeowners association is now charging individual “villa” owners for work done on the HOA common area. The work includes planting and tree removal. New homeowners have been billed by the association, at the direction of the Board, for this work (performed and billed by the landscaper) with the… Continue Reading

Association Can’t Hide From Landscaper’s Water Violations

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: Our homeowners’ association recently hired a new landscaping company. The company has changed our irrigation so that it is now contrary to the watering restrictions applicable in our locale. The company has agreed to assume responsibility if the applicable governmental agency takes action. What are your thoughts? R.G. (via e-mail) Answer: Landscape watering restrictions… Continue Reading

HOAs Can Save With Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Posted in Legislation, Operations

"Florida-Friendly" Landscaping Found to Conserve Water and Prevent Pollution.  HOAs and Large Property Owners Also Realize Significant Savings. I reviewed the annual budget for a large HOA master association recently and was surprised that maintenance of the grounds accounted for more than 40% of the association’s annual expenses.  The budget included line items for various grounds… Continue Reading