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Community Update

March 2019

In this Issue

Happy spring! As we move into the new season, there’s no better time to start thinking about spring cleaning for your association!  Whether your association board has new members or your building is in need of maintenance, now is the time to make sure you’re on the right track for success.

When strangers come together to form an association’s board of directors there can be a steep learning curve involved. Our featured article, Educate, Communicate & Plan, discusses tips for ensuring the transition is as smooth as possible.

You’re a board member and you hired the same vendor used by your association, is that allowed? Learn what is and isn’t prohibited by the Homeowners Association Act in, Is This a Conflict?

Holding a raffle for your community association may seem innocent enough, but should you really take the gamble? It’s important for associations to understand state gambling laws and how they impact community operations. We break it down in our third article, Raffles and Games of Chance: A Gamble for Community Associations.

Our final article, The Project Costs What!?! That Requires a Membership Vote, discusses an issue many associations can relate to. Find out if member approval is required when expensive maintenance is needed for your association.

If you have new members on your board or a new manager of your association and want them to be part of our Community Update, have them subscribe:

We look forward to seeing you next month!

Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Editor

  • Is This a Conflict?

    The board member in a homeowners association just hired the same pool company that is used by the association.  Conflict? Not necessarily.  There are provisions within the Homeowners Association Act which prohibit contracts between an association and a company when one of the board members from the association has a financial interest in the …

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  • Raffles and Games of Chance: A Gamble for Community Associations

    Historically, gambling was only illegal when it became a public nuisance. See Lee v. City of Miami, 121 Fla. 93, 163 So. 486 (1935). Today, although gambling is not generally prohibited, almost all forms of gambling are either prohibited by Florida law or heavily restricted. Given the potential for condominiums, co-ops, …

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  • The Project Costs What!?! That Requires A Membership Vote

    Condominium Associations are in the maintenance game it seems at times. Just when one project ends, another is beginning.  Maintenance is simply a fact of life for all condominiums.  A big problem arises in many condominiums, however, when the maintenance project is deemed by the membership to be too expensive as they believe the …

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Can They Do That?

Episode 03 of “Can They Do That?” is now available!

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?”

Episode 03 explores the topic of service animals. A neighbor’s unique emotional support animal is disturbing the entire building, but they say it’s necessary. “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?

David Muller is a Shareholder in Becker’s Community Association group in our Naples office and has been with the firm for over thirteen years. What you may not know, however, is that there’s much more to David than a mild-mannered attorney. Sure, he’s one of a select group of attorneys statewide who are Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law (board certification is a recognition of having the highest standards of skill, specialty knowledge, proficiency, professionalism, and ethics in community association law), but he’s also quite literally a man of steel. Okay, not steel. Iron. He’s competed in four marathons and one Ironman competition in the last several years. And sure, he’s a powerhouse in Southwest Florida representing community associations throughout Collier, Lee, Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, but David knows how to skip town in style. Whether that’s in reality on his favorite vacation spot in Zell am See, Austria, or gastronomically, enjoying his favorite meal of sausage and sauerkraut at Oktoberfest in Munich (his last name is Muller, after all). David is also a prolific writer. He pens a monthly column for the Naples Daily News and shows up often in our Community Update. 

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