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COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. States of emergency have been declared at the federal, state and many local levels.

Not surprisingly, we are being asked what steps associations can and can’t (and should and shouldn’t) take. All of the association statutes in Florida contain an “emergency powers” …

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Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available to Associations

Community associations may soon have access to an extension of opportunities for permits. Although Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, as amended in 2019 only provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain “natural emergency” States of Emergency are declared the current COVID-19 pandemic does not appear to fall under …

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Condos, Cruise Ships and COVID-19: Surprising Commonalities

The cruise ship industry has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19’s rapid spread amongst passengers. For those who were unfortunate enough to deal with a ship-board quarantine, the fact that they would eventually be able to disembark and return to their homes helped them cope. But what if your home posed the same risks …

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Board Can Fill Vacancies

Q: At our annual HOA meeting, the persons who were voted in by the board for the treasurer and secretary resigned after accepting the position that very night. Can the board fill the vacancies without an election? Is there a limited timeframe to fill the names of these vacant positions? I am also …

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COVID-19: Technology and Social Distancing

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges to the way we meet and work together in our communities. Many of our daily community association activities include in-person interaction, from regular meetings to conduct association business to elections and other membership votes. Social distancing, the new normal, has necessitated a change to our behavior. While we continue …

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“Managing Common Housing Under the Threat of COVID-19,” FCAP Managers Report

Managers are on the front lines of many challenging issues for private residential communities but managing a pandemic is uncharted territory for most. With the number of cases of COVID-19 increasing in Florida and the fact that Governor DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency, proactive community association management professionals are thinking about how this virus …

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“How to Minimize Coronavirus Risk in Fla. Residential Communities,” Daily Business Review

With the number of cases of COVID-19 increasing in Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis declaring a state of emergency, proactive community association boards and their management professionals are thinking about how this virus might impact their residential communities and what can be done to blunt the impact. …

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