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Must Owners Approve New Flooring in Clubhouse?

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Q: The new board at my condominium removed the carpet in the clubhouse and had luxury vinyl flooring installed in its place. Weren’t they required to get owner approval before making this type of change? D.M.

A: Maybe. Replacing carpet with vinyl flooring in the clubhouse will be considered a material alteration. The Florida Condominium Act requires 75% unit owner approval for material alterations unless the governing documents state otherwise. Assuming your condominium association’s governing documents require unit owner approval for material alterations of this type, the new board was likely not permitted to make this flooring change without first seeking and obtaining unit owner approval. I use the term “likely” here because any material alteration analysis is very dependent on the given facts, as there are several “exceptions” which could come into play

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