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Does This Alteration to the Condominium Require Membership Approval?

A “material alteration or addition” is one that “palpably or perceptively var[ies] or change[s] the form, shape, elements, or specifications of a building in such a manner as to appreciably affect or influence its function, use, or appearance.”  Sterling Village Condominium, Inc. v. Breitenbach, 251 So. 2d 685, 687 (Fla. 4th …

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ICYMI: Enforcement Tool Belt – Fining/Suspension

In the proverbial “tool belt” of enforcement options available to an association for violations of the rules and regulations, the imposition of fines and suspensions is one that we frequently get questions about due to the procedures that must be followed.  If the process is not followed properly, it may result in invalidation of …

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Is This a Conflict?

The board member in a homeowners association just hired the same pool company that is used by the association.  Conflict? Not necessarily.  There are provisions within the Homeowners Association Act which prohibit contracts between an association and a company when one of the board members from the association has a financial interest in the …

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Raffles and Games of Chance: A Gamble for Community Associations

Historically, gambling was only illegal when it became a public nuisance. See Lee v. City of Miami, 121 Fla. 93, 163 So. 486 (1935). Today, although gambling is not generally prohibited, almost all forms of gambling are either prohibited by Florida law or heavily restricted. Given the potential for condominiums, co-ops, …

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The Project Costs What!?! That Requires A Membership Vote

Condominium Associations are in the maintenance game it seems at times. Just when one project ends, another is beginning.  Maintenance is simply a fact of life for all condominiums.  A big problem arises in many condominiums, however, when the maintenance project is deemed by the membership to be too expensive as they believe the …

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Penalties for Financial Reporting Violations

In 2018, the Florida Legislature revised a provision within the Condominium Act concerning financial reporting.  Specifically, if a condominium association fails to comply with a request from the Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes (the “Division”) regarding providing a unit owner with a copy of the annual financial report, the condominium association, as …

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