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What Are Limited Common Elements and Who’s Responsible?

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The Florida Condominium Act defines limited common elements as those common elements that are reserved for the use of a certain unit or group of units, as specified in the declaration of the condominium. This definition indicates that the limited …

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Reviving Unenforced Restrictions

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The previous boards failed to enforce the provisions of the Declaration, bylaws, and/or rules and regulations of the community and now whenever the manager tells someone that they are in violation, the response is that the Association allowed this to …

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The Association’s Responsibility for Wildlife in the Community

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As Floridians, we are familiar with various types of wildlife surrounding our neighborhoods. As new communities develop and expand into natural habitats throughout the state, interactions between residents and wildlife are increasingly common. Most of the time, these interactions are …

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Statutory and Non-Statutory Reserves in Homeowners’ Associations

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Given the fiduciary responsibilities of directors and officers to the members of their homeowners’ association, it is important to understand when reserve funding is mandatory under the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act (Chapter 720, Florida Statutes).

Reserve accounts in …

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“Sunshine Laws” for Condominium Associations

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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 …

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The Ins & Outs of Preparing a Condominium Association Budget

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In many ways, the managing and operating of a condominium association is akin to operating a business. A primary similarity is the importance of careful and accurate financial planning and budget preparation. The board of directors of an association has …

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Condominium Association Elections – The Who, What, When, & Where

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Your condominium association elections for your Board of Directors are governed by the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes), and Rule 61B-23.0021 of the Florida Administrative Code. Your association governing documents may also contain requirements for your …

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How Community Associations Can Handle the Continuing Popularity of Short-Term Rentals

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Despite a year that has drastically curtailed traveling due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of online vacation and short-term rental platforms, such as Airbnb and others, has persisted as people have sought escapes to private homes instead of …

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Distinguishing Between Statutory and Non-statutory Reserves Under the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act

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Considering the fiduciary responsibilities officers and directors have to the homeowners’ association’s members, it is important to understand not only the importance of including reserve accounts in an association’s budget, but also to understand when reserve funding is mandatory under …

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