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FL Division of Condos Proposes Greater Financial Penalties on Associations

Florida condominiums, cooperatives and, to a lesser degree, homeowners’ associations are subject to the imposition of fines and penalties by the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes (“Division”) for a variety of mistakes and missteps.  The Division plans to pass sweeping changes to Chapter 61B-21 of the Florida Administrative Code which may …

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When Construction Occurs Next Door, Your Board Needs to Get Involved Early!

It’s likely that at some point during your community’s lifespan, new construction will occur nearby and the impact on your residents will vary both short and long-term depending on the steps your Board takes early in the process. Sometimes new construction is welcomed enthusiastically by the members of an established community but more often …

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Medical Marijuana and Your Florida Community

Citizens in the Sunshine State approved Amendment 2, which legalized the use of medical marijuana, by a 71% margin. Florida is expected to log more than $1 billion in medical marijuana sales by 2019, according to a report compiled by marijuana industry analysts New Frontier Data and Arcview Market Research. The full extent of …

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Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS) Lobbying Initiative

 For the 2018 Legislative Session, Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Leadership Lobby’s (CALL) will once again tackle the thorny issue of older Florida high-rises that have previously opted out of sprinkler systems still being required to retrofit with an Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS). If your community would like to be part …

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Community associations need to be hurricane-proof, too

As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” This hurricane season is confirming the need for community associations to develop the right plans, learn from their experiences and continually refine their plans.

Many volunteer community association boards and their managers already know they should have date-stamped videos of …

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Associations dealing with unique problems post Hurricane Irma

Thankfully Floridians heeded the call and evacuated where necessary and prepared one and all for the monstrous Hurricane Irma. While Irma was a lengthy and dangerous storm, the effects on Florida were not as devastating as had been feared. However, for thousands of shared ownership communities, volunteer boards, professional managers and residents will be …

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Your Florida Board of Directors Now Has Emergency Powers as a Result of Hurricane Irma; What Will You Do With Them?

Governor Scott has declared a Florida-wide state of emergency which now deploys the emergency powers for volunteer boards found in Sections 718.1265, 719.128 and 720.316 of the Florida Statutes. Hurricane Irma may prove to be the testing ground for these emergency powers to determine, post-storm, if boards abused these powers and therefore the powers …

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Five Mistakes Your Board of Directors Can Avoid if Hurricane Irma Hits

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and with Irma fast approaching the eastern US coastline, I could blog about the steps your community needs to take to prepare. I’ve written that blog post many times before and I often wonder how many board members, managers and community association residents have followed that advice.  …

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Part I – How to Navigate Management Company Transitions

Hopefully, most of us enter into relationships with the expectation that they will last. However, for those of us past adolescence, we realize that even long-term relationships can end and, even when they were good for a long time, the manner in which they do can overshadow everything that preceded that ending.

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