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Pandemic Has Changed How Boards Do Business

Q: Our condominium association board held online/telephone monthly meetings during the pandemic enabling owners to listen and ask questions. Normally, our board holds meetings where owners may attend in person. When the Florida Governor implemented Phase 2, the board went back to in person attendance meetings with social distancing. Is the condominium association …

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Mold Problem Explored

Q: My condominium unit has mold as a result of poor original construction in the 1980’s. Under the Florida Condominium Act, is the association responsible for the structural repairs of the damage caused by this mold? (S.S., via e-mail)

A: Mold is a symptom of water or excess moisture being …

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Backyard Clothesline Causes Flap

Q: There is an ongoing dispute in my homeowners’ association concerning the installation of clotheslines that we are hoping you can resolve. Some owners have stated that they are entitled to install clotheslines on their lots without regulation by the association. The board of directors has stated that while clotheslines may be installed, …

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Surprise Audits Not Authorized

Q: Does Florida do unannounced audits of condominium or homeowners’ associations to see if they are conforming to the relevant statutes? For example, some of our board members don’t want bids for a contract even though it is required by statute. As President, the argument I got from some board members was: “who’s …

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Board’s Pandemic Restrictions Questioned

Q: Because of COVID-19, our homeowners’ association has prohibited guest use of our pool and fitness center. This has precluded third-party led fitness classes, even if the classes are offered outdoors. Instead, the association is allowing member-led fitness classes outdoors, like aqua aerobics and yoga, on the common areas. Is it permissible to …

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