This month we wrap up the 2018 Legislative session, discussing forthcoming changes in both the Condominium, Homeowners Association and Cooperative Acts with the 2018 Legislative Session Final Report. Although most changes do not take effect until July 1, 2018, knowing what is changing will help your community seamlessly fold the changes into its day-to-day operations. Can My Condo Still Use Debit Cards? succinctly addresses the use of debit cards in paying for Association expenses.
For those association members who take a look next door and see impending construction on the neighboring lot, there are many things to consider. While the anticipated boost in property value is desired, concerns often include traffic changes, easements, construction debris and noise, just to name a few. Our article When construction occurs next door, your Board needs to get involved early! provides insight on what to consider and what to do in these circumstances.
Our last article this month concerns the age-old need to amend governing documents. This time, however, we discuss amendments in the Homeowners’ Association setting and the process of amendment in Your HOA Amendments are Ready, Now What? Doing the job right keeps an association running smoothly. Doing it wrong, however, makes it impossible to enforce what would have been an otherwise valid amendment.
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Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Editor
Can My Condo Still Use Debit Cards?
The Condominium Act was amended on July 1, 2017 to specifically address and prohibit the use of debit cards. It states that an association and its officers, directors, employees, and agents may not use a debit card issued in the name of the association, or billed directly to the association, for the payment of any …Continue Reading →
When Construction Occurs Next Door, Your Board Needs to Get Involved Early!
It’s likely that at some point during your community’s lifespan, new construction will occur nearby and the impact on your residents will vary both short and long-term depending on the steps your Board takes early in the process. Sometimes new construction is welcomed enthusiastically by the members of an established community but more often than …Continue Reading →
Your HOA Amendments are Ready, Now What?
The “governing documents” of a homeowners association are the Declaration of Covenants, the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws and the Rules and Regulations. Many times, HOAs make a decision to amend by looking to the provisions that needed changing. This however is only one step in the amendment process. The next step, and likely the …Continue Reading →
2018 Legislative Session Final Report
The 2018 Legislative Session ended with only two community association bills passing and being approved by the Governor. The following is a summary of the two bills:
HB 617, Relating to Covenants and Restrictions, by Rep. Edwards. The bill primarily involves the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA). The intent is …Continue Reading →
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