A reader recently posed the following question:
In preparation of next years election of board members, where or how do I find a division approved education provider? How will the new member become aware of the educational curriculum to obtain a certificate of satisfactory completion.
The reader may have posed this question believing that the certification requirements of SB 714 were in effect.
Nonetheless, the Division of Florida Condominiums, Time Shares and Mobile Homes publishes information about approved educational providers on the website maintained by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The Office of the Condominium Ombudsman also offers education. The courses are described as follows:
- Condominium Rights and Obligations – A general overview of the statutory rights and responsibilities of board members and unit owners.
- Condominium Elections – An in depth review of the requirements for the noticing, mailing, and balloting in a condominium election. A mock election will be conducted.
- Condominium Meetings – A comprehensive course on condominium meetings, notices, and parliamentary procedure.
- Basic Condominium Finances – An overview of condominium finances, including statutory requirements, budgets, financials, and reports.
- Serving on a Board of Directors – Information for persons considering or serving on a board of directors in a Florida condominium.
- Condominium Rules and Regulations – A review of rules and regulations in Florida condominiums and how they affect the community.
There are numerous opportunities for education and training throughout the state. The above merely represent course curriculum posted by the State.
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Linda LeopardJune 21, 2009
Will Becker Poliakoff be conducting Board Member Educational seminars? Perhaps the Director/Officer annual workshops can offer a certificate of completion to Directors who attend.
The Office of the Ombudsman offers 6 component classes, requiring the attendee to put together a class of no less than 50 attendees, and is subject to state funding and availability of the state instructor.
The DBR holds educational classes but only in selected geographic locations at widely spaced intervals, requiring substantial trip planning to go to other parts of the state to attend.
CAI requires membership, and as yet also only offers component classes.
At this time, there are no consistent definitions of the satisfactory ‘requirements’ of what course covering what subject matter a Director must complete.
This seems like a gold opportunity for Becker Poliakoff to further solidify its leadership in first-line condominium relationships by only slight modification to the annual Director/Officer workshops, and offering a Certificate of Completion to the thousands of Directors who attend. In our particular case, the annual election is required to be held in January per our Declaration. The arbitrary schedule of state wide annual elections seem to make the Director/Officer workshops an ideal venue. Perhaps the Workshop could become available on-line for Directors as well.
Is this suggetion viable to the Firm?
Lisa MagillJune 22, 2009
In addition to the courses mentioned above, several community colleges offer continuing education credits for professional managers. Please check out http://www.camptogo.org for a list of the courses offered in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Also check http://www.edisoncontinuinged.com for course offerings in the Naples/Fort Myers areas of the State.
Sol WeinbergJune 26, 2009
Now that tha Governor has vetoed SB714, what is the current and future status of the requirement for Condo Boards to monitor unit owners purchase of mandated insurance and purchase insurance for those owners that have not complied?
rhonda mooreJuly 23, 2009
I buy condos at the foreclosure sale. I am not a bank and I have no issues with paying the HOA 100% of what is owed to them. In most cases the HOA/management companies love working with me because we are all on the same team.
I am working with a management company now who is insisting that I pay all back HOA dues before they will approve me as an owner (keep in mind I have a Cert of Title for the Clerk of Courts) or before they will approve the cash buyer for my unit. The contract specifies that ALL HOA dues will be paid at closing by the seller. Is that even legal? I have of Cert of Title, can they keep me from selling the unit without filling out their application and paying the $100 fee? The management company is telling me I am breaking the law? I have only had title for 3 days but already have it sold and ready to close?? HELP
Erin WalkerSeptember 27, 2009
I was wondering if it is possible for the Home Owners Association to restrict the type of vehicle that you own. I have been looking at a few communities and found one that I was interested in. However, they do not allow trucks. I feel that it is important to note that I do not have a working truck and it is kept in very good condition. Is this type of restriction really allowed? Thank you,