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Board Member Code of Conduct

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The law specifically provides that Board members have a fiduciary relationship with the owners and requires Board members to disclose conflicts of interest. However, the law does not specifically address acceptable (and unacceptable) behaviors for discharging these responsibilities. As such, …

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Holiday Decorations – Ho, Ho, Ho or Bah Humbug?

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As the holiday season approaches, it is a good time for associations to consider its authority regarding outdoor holiday decorations. Every community is different, and opinions vary about when the holiday decorations should be put up and “how much” is …

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Do Robert’s Rules of Order Apply to Community Association Meetings?

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I have many times heard complaints from owners (and sometimes board members) that the association is not following Robert’s Rules of Order (“Robert’s Rules”) during their board and/or owner meetings. Robert’s Rules is a well-known manual of parliamentary procedures which …

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HOA Rental Amendments

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The Homeowners’ Association Act (Chapter 720, Florida Statutes) was amended during the 2021 Legislative Session to address a homeowners’ association’s authority to adopt amendments to its governing documents pertaining to rentals.  The new law, Section 720.306(1)(h), Florida Statutes, became effective …

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2022 Legislative Session in Florida Wrap Up with Yeline Goin, Becker & Poliakoff

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Many task forces were convened in the aftermath of the Surfside tragedy, including one by the Florida Bar. All of those task forces urged the passage of new laws pertaining to reserve funding and engineering. However, the 2022 Legislative Session …

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Natural Gas Fuel Stations

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A few years ago, the Florida Legislature recognized that the use of electric vehicles conserves and protects the state’s environmental resources, provides significant economic savings to drivers, and serves an important public interest.  As a result, the Legislature created Section …

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Can Remote Meetings Be Held Now That the State of Emergency Has Expired?

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The “state of emergency” that had been imposed by Governor DeSantis in light of the COVID-19 pandemic expired on June 26, 2021.  As a result, the “emergency powers” given to condominium, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations in Sections 718.1265, 719.128, and …

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Incidental Damage Clauses

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There are times when an association must damage a unit or units in order to maintain or repair the common elements.  For example, if repairs must be made to a common element water trunk pipe, an association may have to …

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Is a Voting Certificate Required If a Unit Is Owned by an LLC?

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Many governing documents include a provision requiring a voting certificate if a unit or parcel is owned by more than one person, a corporation, or another entity. In some cases, there is an exception for spouses, and other times, a …

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Reality TV and Community Associations

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With the plethora of reality TV shows involving home renovations and real estate searches, your association may be asked to sign an agreement to allow a production company to film your community.

Since most governing documents grant the …

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