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Director Disqualifications Are Limited

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Q: It recently came to light that one of our board members has an ongoing dispute with another unit owner, resulting in the unit owner taking out a restraining order against the board member. This is very concerning. Shouldn’t …

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Candidates May Vote For Themselves

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Q: My condominium association has a five-member board of directors. At our upcoming annual meeting, there will not need to be an election as there are three open seats and three candidates. However, the question has arisen as to …

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HOA “3 Minute Rule” Questioned

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Q: Our homeowners’ association board only lets residents speak at board meetings after taking a vote. They can only speak for 3 minutes in total. My understanding is that the residents should be able to speak before the vote, and …

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Owner Questions Board’s Contracting Authority

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Q: Recently, my condominium association authorized a major construction project. The contract for the work is several million dollars in value. The board of directors voted to move forward with their preferred contractor and authorize the president to sign. Isn’t …

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Term Limit Law Still 2 Years Away

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Q: My condominium association will be having its annual meeting soon, which will include an election for members to the board of directors. Some of our board members have served for numerous years, and I understood that there are now term …

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Association ‘Sunshine Laws’ Questioned

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Q: I was recently elected to the board of my condominium association. I thought we had to follow Florida’s sunshine laws, but our long-time president said this is not true. She claims we can meet whenever we want as long …

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Statute Of Limitations Apply to Associations

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Q: My homeowners’ association recently sent me a notice stating that I had to remove a number of tree stumps in my back yard. The stumps are from trees that were removed following Hurricane Irma. Nothing has changed since those …

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Can Spouse Serve on Board

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Q: My wife and I live in a condominium unit in Florida. The unit is owned by my wife, in her name only. However, I would like to run for the board of directors. Does Florida law state that a …

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Collection Dispute Confounds Board

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Q: We have an owner in our condominium community who refuses to pay the current monthly assessment. Each month, she sends a check based on our budget from 2 years ago. She says she has not received a copy of …

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Remote Board Meetings Questioned

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Q: Can the board of a homeowners’ association hold “Zoom only” meetings and not permit Owners to attend? (M.M., via e-mail)

A: Subject to certain exceptions, I do not believe a board can circumvent the “sunshine laws” by using …

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“Association Wants to Go ‘Paperless’” – News-Press

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Q: Our condominium association wants to go “paperless” as much as possible for our meetings and move to “virtual” meetings both for convenience and cost savings. Do you have any guidelines on what this involves? (S.R., via e-mail) …

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Required Notice for Budget Meetings in Homeowners’ Associations

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Q: An issue has come up concerning my homeowners’ association board of directors and the adoption of our annual budget. Recently, the board noticed a board meeting for the adoption of the annual budget and only posted the notice as …

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