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The Subrogation Situation

With increasing frequency, insurance companies that provide unit owner insurance are suing community associations to recover payments made to the unit owner that are related to water leaks in the unit. The problem with these lawsuits is two-fold. First, the insurance companies are waiting years to bring them, although still within the statute of limitations …

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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 a …

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Estoppel Certificates

Some associations are still not complying with the new laws on Estoppel Certificates which is required of condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners associations. Prior to July 1, 2017, you only had to provide the prospective purchaser with information about the monies owed to the association attributable to the unit being purchased.  Now you must provide a …

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Legal Tools at Your Disposal to Make Your Responsibilities as a Board Member Easier

I often find that there is an over-complication that some people believe goes hand-in-hand with their responsibilities in operating a condominium. Most forget that the statute and administrative code provide boards with some basic tools to assist in day to day operations.  This article will review some of these tools.

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Banning Guests from a Gated Community

Some communities have guests who are regular guests of an owner or tenant and violate the governing documents, or sometimes even violate the law by committing criminal acts. In such situations, gated communities, which have a guard 24/7 and can regulate access into the community, have asked whether their association can ban a guest and …

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