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The Worst Storm Is the Storm You Didn’t Prepare For

With hurricane season quickly approaching, it is important that you prepare for the worst (and hope for the best)! Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. This article will provide tips to help prepare your 2022 hurricane preparedness guide, as well as provide actions that you can take before a hurricane makes landfall. The …

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Can Anything Be Done About Solar Panels?

If you are living in an HOA, you probably have heard that the association cannot prohibit the installation of solar panels (or “solar collectors”). A Florida law, F.S. 163.04, provides that any “deed restriction or declaration” or even any “similar binding agreement” may not prohibit – or have the effect of prohibiting – solar collectors, …

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The ABC’s – Alcohol Sales, BYOB, and Related Considerations

Does your association include facilities that serve and sell alcohol? Is the association property zoned to permit alcohol-related uses? Does your association hold any alcoholic beverage licenses from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcohol Beverages and Tobacco (“Division”) and corresponding local government approvals and, if so, what is the geographical …

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Statutory Meeting Requirements

Many condominium and homeowners’ associations’ activities are required to have a certain amount of transparency. One way that association activities are made transparent is through statutory provisions requiring most kinds of meetings to be open and noticed to the membership. In fact, applicable laws governing the operation of condominium and homeowners’ associations allow board members …

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Three Common Covenant Enforcement Defenses – Waiver, Estoppel, and Selective Enforcement

Associations frequently find themselves in a position of strength when they wish to enforce violations of their convents.  Where the terms of a covenant are unambiguous, courts will enforce such restrictions.  However, it is not uncommon for an owner who has violated the covenants to scramble for defenses to try to justify his or her …

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Community Association Due Process Rights with Respect to Neighboring Developments

If your community association receives notice about a public hearing to consider or approve a development proposal on adjacent land, does the association or its members have a right to object? Yes, local governments must afford objecting property owners and residents procedural due process, which includes fair notice of the public hearings at which the …

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Attorney-Client Privilege: Are Litigation-Related Communications Between An Association, Attorney, and Management Protected?

The attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest and most respected privileges in the law. The purpose underlying this fundamental privilege is to ensure that clients receive accurate and competent legal advice by encouraging full disclosure to their lawyer without fear that the information will be revealed to others. The privilege covers written and oral …

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More on the Installation of Security Cameras

The installation of a security camera on condominium common elements is considered a material alteration or substantial addition to the common elements.  In Sterling Village Condo., Inc. v. Breitenbach, 251 S.2d 685, 687 (Fla. 4th 1971), the court defined “material alteration or addition” as follows:

“… as applied to a building, the …

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