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Are Reserves Still Mandatory for Homeowners’ Associations?

There were several revisions to Chapter 720, which went into effect July 1, 2021.  One of these revisions was to Section 720.303(6)(c) and (d), Florida Statutes.  The revisions to this Section now provide, in part:

  • An association is deemed to have provided for reserve accounts upon the affirmative approval of a majority …

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Security Tips for Managing the Association’s Bank Accounts Online

Increasing numbers of people and small businesses, including community associations, have switched to managing their bank accounts exclusively over the internet.  Not surprisingly, these numbers surged even higher during the pandemic.  While online banking has become common place, so have incidents of cybercrime and fraud.  Banks of course use a variety of security measures to …

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Natural Gas Fuel Stations

A few years ago, the Florida Legislature recognized that the use of electric vehicles conserves and protects the state’s environmental resources, provides significant economic savings to drivers, and serves an important public interest.  As a result, the Legislature created Section 718.113(8), Florida Statutes, to allow unit owners to install electric vehicle charging stations within the …

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Law of Nuisance Explained

Q: I live in a townhome. My neighbors recently installed outdoor lighting in their back lanai. Bright lights flood into my home and are becoming a serious annoyance. Can my association request that my neighbors have their lights dimmed or removed to stop this nuisance? (T.S., via e-mail).

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“Sunshine Laws” for Condominium Associations

Florida’s Sunshine in the Government Act, (“Sunshine Laws”) requires transparency and disclosure in government and business. Although the Sunshine Laws do not apply to condominium associations, the Florida Condominium Act (“Act”) found in Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, contains its own set of “sunshine” requirements for these communities, with transparency being the key to compliance. Issues …

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A Guide to Sending the New Notice of Late Assessment

As of July 1, 2021, associations are required to send delinquent owners a Notice of Late Assessments, giving the owners 30 days to bring the account current prior to turning the account over to the association’s legal counsel for collections. Failure to provide the delinquent owner with this 30-day notice will preclude the association from …

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Community Association Due Process Rights with Respect to Neighboring Developments

If your community association receives notice about a public hearing to consider or approve a development proposal on adjacent land, does the association or its members have a right to object? Yes, local governments must afford objecting property owners and residents procedural due process, which includes fair notice of the public hearings at which the …

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