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Becker Uncovers Collusion Between Florida OIR & Citizens Insurance

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Citizens Property Insurance allegedly overcharged Florida condominium association policyholders for years, according to the Fort Lauderdale, FL., law firm Becker. The firm also accuses the Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (OIR) of partaking in secret communications with the insurer, which resulted in a consent order being issued without a trial or considering the legality …

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The Plan – Identifying the Potential Consequences of a Disaster

The first step toward developing and implementing a disaster plan is identifying the potential consequences of a disaster. The second step is to develop and implement a plan to mitigate the impact of a disaster to the fullest extent possible.

Evacuation

Emergency evacuation routes and special instructions regarding …

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Condominium Unit Combination Raises Concerns

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Q: The board of directors for my condominium association recently approved allowing an owner to remove the wall separating two adjacent units and to reconfigure the two units into one. Doesn’t this change the number of units in the condominium, thus, affecting everyone’s rights including what percentage of assessments we pay? (G.F., via e-mail) …

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Weighing the Costs: Common Sense/‘Cents’ COVID-19 Measures for Community Associations Reopening Common Elements and Common Facilities

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One full year into the COVID-19 pandemic and people have really started to appreciate (or abhor) their neighbors. The extra time at home or stuck in one’s condominium unit has caused an increased sense of awareness and, in some cases, aggravation regarding the comings and goings and habits of our neighbors.

Many …

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Hotel Condominium Units – What Are You Buying?

When teaching contract law to my undergraduate students at Florida International University, I always begin with a question: “How many of you sign a contract without reading it?” A simple question and one would think that everyone reads before they sign. But no. Mostly everyone signs without reading, whether a credit card agreement, apartment …

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Florida House Moves Forward With Legislation to Preempt Local Governments From Regulating Vacation Rentals

Vote of the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee Fell Mostly Along Party Lines

As our many local government clients know, the Becker Team has been intimately involved in lobbying against the many attempts to limit their ability to manage the vacation rental crisis. The issue continues to severely impact cities …

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Does My Association Include Fully Funded Reserves in Its Proposed Budget?

With the budget season approaching, many condominium associations may wonder how to prepare a budget when it’s anticipated that members will vote to waive or partially fund reserves. The board must create a proposed annual budget that includes estimated revenues and expenses. In addition to annual operating expenses, Section 718.112(2)(f)(2)a, Florida Statutes, requires the …

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COVID-19: Technology and Social Distancing

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges to the way we meet and work together in our communities. Many of our daily community association activities include in-person interaction, from regular meetings to conduct association business to elections and other membership votes. Social distancing, the new normal, has necessitated a change to our behavior. While we continue …

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