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“Who Said What?” When Members Use Social Media and Other Platforms to Inappropriately Communicate about Association Business – Part II

This article is the second part of an earlier article which addressed how board officers should handle their personal and official communications directed to members about association business. Part II of this article addresses how the association should handle unofficial association correspondence between members and the use of various social media platforms, like …

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Adapting to Short-Term Rentals: What You Need to Know About Restrictions

Last month, our CUP touched on the fact that in the City of Miami Beach, illegal rentals might mean jail time. The problem, however, is not limited to beach front condominiums. Many single family home and townhome communities are facing similar issues. These homeowner associations, struggling with short term rental issues, want rental policies …

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E-Notice for Everyone

It is 2019 and e-mail has, for many, replaced the U.S. Postal service and our voicemails. In the community association setting, many boards send their members communications regarding construction projects, newsletters, and simple FYIs via e-mail and members respond in kind. For the most part, this is appreciated. The problem is that many associations …

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What Notice is Required for a Rule Amendment?

Where a condominium association’s governing documents authorize the board of directors to promulgate rules regulating the use of the units and/or the common elements, it is important, when such rules are amended, that the appropriate notice requirements be met. Under Chapter 718, the Condominium Act, the notice requirements for a rule amendment depend upon …

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How to Find an Effective Community Association Lawyer

Community association law is an area of practice that has experienced considerable growth in the past few years. As a result, many unqualified lawyers are jumping on the community association bandwagon. Therefore, your board should do its homework before hiring an attorney.

An effective lawyer can be a huge asset to most …

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What’s Up with All This Traffic? The Impact of Neighboring Development on Community Association Roads.

Whether you know it or not, the roads traveling through your subdivision are likely easements created for the purpose of providing ingress/egress access to public streets. And whether you know it or not, those easements may also benefit neighboring properties, giving them access through your subdivision to a point of entry on a public …

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Special Assessments in Condo

Special assessments happen.  The unfortunate reality is that during the life of a condominium building some unexpected expenses are going to arise and the association must take steps to fulfill its obligations to the membership.  If the operating budget cannot handle these expenses, and there is not a funded reserve account which can dray …

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What Can a Board Do about a Rude Officer or Director?

Most community association governing documents as well as applicable corporate statutes grant the board the right to appoint and remove officers.  This is important when an officer proves to be prone to bad/rude behavior.  The board likely has the right to vote to remove this individual as an officer (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary) …

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