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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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PSA: Condominiums and Websites

I have previously written a few articles for our Community Update about the website requirement for condominiums operating at least 150 units.  Just recently, I represented a condominium that was being investigated by the Division of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), for among other things, failing to have a website. While that issue resolved …

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Peticiones Falsas

Continuamos con el tema de animales para apoyo emocional. Como todos ustedes saben, siempre existirán personas que intentan aprovecharse del sistema.   Por ejemplo, una persona hace una petición para traer un animal para apoyo emocional y presenta una “nota del médico” o una “receta médica” que dice mi paciente sufre de depresión y …

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¿Vive Usted en Una Comunidad Que No Acepta Animales?

La mayoría de las asociaciones de comunidad contienen algún tipo de restricción en sus Documentos Rectores.   Algunas asociaciones prohíben todo tipo de mascotas.   Otras limitan el tipo, número y/o tamaño de las mascotas que los propietarios pueden tener en sus unidades.   Y otras asociaciones permiten mascotas, pero solamente en ciertas localidades de la comunidad. …

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Associations Concerned with Proposed Development

South Florida is growing. Just look at the skyline in any reasonable-sized municipality, and you’re bound to see cranes, new condos, strip malls, and housing developments. While development can be beneficial and add tax revenue, the concerns of the existing community must be taken into consideration so that “smart growth” is the overriding principle …

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Hurricane Insurance Claims for Condominium Associations

There is a lot of information on how associations can prepare for hurricanes but much less information as to what happens after the hurricane, particularly as it pertains to insurance claims. A question that managers and board members need to consider is, what is required after a hurricane to ensure compliance with your insurance …

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How the Lessons Learned in Elementary School Will Help Your Association

I am a schoolteacher’s son. I am married to a schoolteacher, and I have two school-aged children who just started another year of elementary school this month. So, I have seen and understand all of the work and effort that schoolteachers and parents put in throughout the course of a school year. But everyone …

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