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Solar Panels & HOAs – Can They Be Restricted?

While solar panels are often considered unsightly, they are a renewable energy device. For an individual home, they must be permitted by a homeowners association. However, they can be regulated. The relevant statute regarding solar panels is Section 163.04, Florida Statutes, which provides that no ordinances or laws can prohibit “the installation of solar …

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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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