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Community Update

December 2018

In this Issue

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at a selection of our most popular Community Update articles. From changes in law to navigating and implementing rules for your association, here are the top five most read articles from this year.

For those concerned with regulating smoking in the common areas of your association, Smoking Prohibited  confirms the ability to prevent smoking using properly enacted and reasonable rules.

Emails as Association Official Records  discusses when an email is considered an official record and when it is not. Knowing the difference is essential to properly maintaining your association’s official records.

For a refresher on recent changes in both the Condominium, Homeowners Association, and Cooperative Acts, read our 2018 Legislative Session Final Report.

Term Limit Law Continues to Spark Controversy  takes a look at recent developments that establish term limits for condominium board members and explores what courts have had to say on the matter so far.

Lastly, Do My HOA’s Rules Have to be Recorded?, gives you the answer you may not be aware of in light of a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2018.

We would also like to remind you of our Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, another valuable resource for community associations like yours. Here is a snapshot of our most popular blog posts of 2018.

State Changes Barbecue Grill Rules

New Law Requires Recording of Homeowners’ Association Rule Amendments

Board Not Obligated to Put Reserves on Agenda

Owner’s Don’t Have Right to Call in to Board Meetings

Owners Can Add Items to Board Agenda

We look forward to another productive year together and wish you continued success in the New Year!

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See you in our next issue!

Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Editor

Did you know?

“Can They Do That” is a new video series brought to you by Becker, which seeks to address real, complicated, and at times unusual issues faced by community associations.

  • “Can a neighbor smoke marijuana in his unit? He says he has a medical marijuana card… Can he do that?”
  • “A family recently brought in a pet peacock. They say it is a service animal… Can they do that?”
  • “One of our association members flies a drone around the neighborhood. He says he has a license… Can he do that?”

Our community association experts look at these and many other real-life situations. Find out what the law says, and get the answer to the often not-so-simple question, “Can They Do That?”

Stay Tuned! The series will be available beginning January 2019 at beckerlawyers.com.


For a sneak peak, watch the promo video here.