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South Florida Flash Flooding May Provide Permit Extension Opportunity

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Property owners, developers, construction industry professionals, and other permit- and authorization-holders may have an opportunity to extend them further.

Qualifying for the Extension

On June 12, 2024, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 24-115

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Violation Notices Part of Official Records

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Q: Does a member of a homeowners’ association have the right to review a list of properties that have violated the HOA rules, such as landscape plants that are not permitted or exterior house paint colors not approved? (A.C., via …

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A Lobbyist’s Lens: A Bird’s Eye View of the Legislative Process, Community Advocacy and Condo Law with Lobbyist Travis Moore of Moore Relations, Inc.

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Host Donna DiMaggio Berger takes listeners behind the curtain of Florida’s legislative process with lobbyist Travis Moore of Moore Relations, Inc. to uncover what lobbyists do, how they do it, and why community association leaders and residents need …

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Does a Condominium Have a 115% Cap on Increasing Assessments?

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The increase in costs, especially insurance premiums, have been difficult for condominium associations in the past couple of years. I have been asked on many occasions if there is a cap on increasing the budget by more than 115% from …

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Homeowner Association Architectural Review Standards

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Two of the bills signed into law this month by the Governor modify Florida Statute 720.3035 regulating architectural review. Because of these two pending changes to the law, homeowner’s associations should review their architectural review with their community association attorney. …

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Vacation Rentals and Community Associations

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Over the past few years, Airbnb and VRBO (collectively referred to as “Vacation Rentals”) have become a very popular form of short-term rental. Vacation Rentals include a range of rentals from houses, condos, or in some instances rooms for a …

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Estoppel Charges Adjusted for Inflation

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Q: I recently requested an estoppel certificate from our homeowners’ association to confirm the dues and fees associated with my property in connection with my selling the home. When I received the bill, the amount charged was higher than …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Association Committees with Becker’s Ken Direktor

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Does your association have committees? Do you find them to be a helpful addition to association operations or a harmful “shadow board” with the potential to create liability for the association, its directors, and members? Host Donna DiMaggio Berger …

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Law Does Not Require Recording Rules

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Q: The board of my association recently passed a new set of rules. Do we have to record these in the county records for them to be enforceable? (G.W., via e-mail)

A: The “recording” of a legal document …

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The Benefits of “Umbrella Organizations” with Brickell Homeowners Association’s President, Ernesto Cuesta

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When it comes to community associations, joining forces under a voluntary “umbrella organization” often proves more beneficial than going it alone. Members reap the rewards of shared knowledge, vendor connections, advocacy, and educational resources. In this week’s episode of Take …

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