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Community Association Legislative Guide, 2016

The 2016 Legislative Session ended without any significant piece of community association legislation passing. While there were many bills impacting community associations that were filed and heard in committee, none of the major bills actually made it to the floor of either the House of Representatives or the Senate. Nevertheless, it is important to …

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Legal Decisions Which Could Affect Your Community

Many community associations do not have an absolute right to approve or disapprove of prospective purchasers; but instead the governing documents give them a right of first refusal to assign a sales contract to another purchaser on the same terms and conditions. A lis pendens is a publicly recorded notice on real estate documenting …

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The (Tree) Root of the Problem: Who Is Responsible When Tree Roots and Branches Cause Damage?

They say good fences make good neighbors. But trees, on the other hand, have been known to strain the relationship between neighbors. Damage and disruption amongst neighboring lot owners, caused by tree roots and branches, is a very common problem in Florida. Not surprisingly, Florida courts have addressed this issue and have carved out …

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