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Community Update

February 2020

In this Issue

This month, we shine a spotlight on some of the issues that boards contend with on a regular basis. From election procedures to collection policies and data breach prevention, we provide practical guidance to help steer you and your community in the right direction.

Our first article, “Election Process – Part 2 of 2,” is a follow-up to last month’s featured article on do’s and don’ts during election season. Read on for tips on running a smooth election in your own community.

You’ve tried to collect payment from a delinquent owner and there’s been no movement on their end to settle the balance. What should you do? Find out in our second article, “How Does Your Collection Policy Stack Up?”

Associations are attractive targets for hackers since they hold a multitude of personal information on residents. Learn the steps you can take to protect your association in our third article, “Data Breach Prevention.”

Lastly, “Management Companies and CAM Licenses,” discusses whether or not your property manager must be licensed in the state of Florida.

Also, don’t miss this month’s Spanish Feature, “¡FRAUDE! Golpe fuerte para las comunidades latinas.”


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We look forward to seeing you next month!

Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Editor

  • How Does Your Collection Policy Stack Up?

    Collection of your community’s assessments is critical to maintaining a steady flow of income to support the association’s maintenance responsibilities and maintain the association’s overall fiscal health.  Yet, with the more urgent day-to-day demands on property managers and volunteer board members, collections can often be neglected or completely overlooked.

    On day one, …

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  • Data Breach Prevention

    Data leaks and hacks are happening every day.  From a small business to a Fortune 500 company, chances are your private information was subject to a leak or a hack and you might not even know it.

    Moreover. you might not be aware what type of information these companies have of yours. …

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  • Management Companies and CAM Licenses

    Many associations do not just hire a manager. They hire an entire management company. The question I get asked at times is whether a management company has to be licensed. The short answer is yes. Their licensure is addressed by Florida Statutes (§468.432) which requires a community association management firm that is responsible for …

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Spanish Feature: CondoMundoUSA

Read This Month’s Article: ¡FRAUDE! Golpe fuerte para las comunidades latinas.

Introducción: Más y más residentes en condominios y Asociaciones de Propietarios (HOA) mayormente hispanas, están enfrentando no solamente fraude electoral, sino también malversación de fondos, y tal parece que nadie los puede ayudar.


Question of the Month

Q: Five of the seven board members at my condominium association are related to each other. Is this legal?

Shareholder David Muller discusses the answer to this and more.

Click here to read more!

You Ask, We Deliver: New Webinar Dates Added!

Join us for an educational program to learn more about our state-of-the-art website development service MyCommunitySite.com. It’s a smart, easy, and fun tool designed to take the drudgery out of community association website management and put you in the driver’s seat.

Here’s what you will learn during the webinar:

  • Walk through of the MyCommunitySite.com dashboard
  • Tour other association websites that were designed via MyCommunitySite.com
  • ​Learn about flexible pricing options
  • Explore how to create different pages
  • ​Find out what documents you can upload, available settings, and general ways to take advantage of the program’s features
  • Participate in a Q&A with our customer support team to answer any questions you may have.

Click here to view upcoming MyCommunitySite.com webinars. 

Technology is an unavoidable and critical part of any business. As such, why not consider implementing a state-of-the-art online voting platform to your associations portfolio of services? BeckerBALLOT.com is the perfect solution to help you streamline operations for your community, is extremely easy to setup, and it will give you the added advantage of increasing both your relevancy and residential appeal, thereby setting you apart from your competition!

Here’s what you will learn during the webinar:

  • Walk through of BeckerBALLOT.com and its administration section/voting portal
  • See examples of how others have successfully utilized the platform to benefit their communities
  • View a demonstration on how to upload users, how to set up a vote, how to cast a vote, and more
  • Learn about the functionality and ease of use
  • Find out about flexible pricing options
  • Participate in a Q&A with our customer support team to answer any questions you may have

Click here to view upcoming BeckerBALLOT.com webinars.

Becker’s Community Classroom

As leaders in Community Association Law, we not only helped write the book of law – we also teach it.

Did you know Becker provides over 200 educational classes per year throughout the State of Florida on a variety of topics ranging from Board Member Certification to Compliance, and everything in between? To view our entire class roster, visit www.floridacondohoalawblog.com/classes

Pioneers in Community Association Law
Becker grew out of its pioneering role creating the law pertaining to the operation of common ownership housing, with many of the leading cases in the field bearing the firm’s name. In keeping with our committment to our clients and the industry, Becker attorneys provide over 200 educational classes per year for board members and managers, and also advocate on behalf of clients through the firm’s lobbying arm, the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL).

Moreover, Becker has 21 Florida Bar Board Certified Attorneys in Condominium and Planned Development Law – the largest, dedicated team in the state of Florida. Board certification demands rigorous testing and is in recognition of having the highest standards of skill, specialty knowledge, proficiency, professionalism, and ethics in community association law.

Can They Do That?

Disruptive Owners Interfering at Board Meetings – “Can They Do That?” – Episode 13 is Live!

We have an owner at our board meetings who is a hothead and very disruptive. They want to keep attending the meetings even though they cause so much trouble. Can they do that? Find out the answer in this month’s episode!

When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than answers. Becker’s video series, “Can They Do That?” tackles some of the unique problems that homeowners and renters face today. We answer questions, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. From service animals to nudists in your community, we get to the bottom of it and let you know – “Can They Do That?”

Don’t miss out on new episodes of “Can They Do That?”
Subscribe to Becker’s YouTube channel!

Did You Know?

Association Adjusting Is Here!
Powered by Becker, Association Adjusting is a licensed and insured Public Adjusting Firm led by Chris T. Cury, an advocate for insurance consumers for more than a decade. Mr. Cury serves on the Board of Directors of FAPIA, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, which is the largest state trade association in the nation for the public insurance adjusting profession since 1992.

Recognized as an authority in the community association industry, Association Adjusting has the expertise and experience to help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Our team of public adjusters, led by Mr. Cury, provides clients with only the highest level of professionalism and excellence – whether you’re dealing with a claim that stems from hurricane damage, water damage, theft, fire, mold, roof leak, or any other type of calamity, our singular goal is to ensure your interests are always protected.

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