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Is it too soon to start talking about the 2018 Hurricane Season?

No! If Hurricane Irma taught us anything it is that adequate preparation before the storm will go a long way towards addressing issues after the storm.

Now is the time for associations to communicate with its owners about insurance- and liability-related issues. One of the often-confusing areas for many is understanding the …

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Sunshine Law Applies to Interviews

Q:        Recently my condominium association’s board held interviews with proposed new landscaping companies. All of the board members were present for the meetings. However, there was no notice posted and unit owners were not invited to attend. When questioned, the president of the board said that it was not a board meeting, …

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Building Your Association’s Website – What to Ask and How to Make it Happen

In my last CUP article – www.MyCondoNeedsAWebsite.com – I discussed the 2017 statutory changes that require associations with 150 or more units (which do not manage a timeshare) to have websites. This month, I continue the discussion by providing some important questions to ask anyone offering to create …

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Can My Association Send Notices Electronically?

Florida community associations are permitted to send membership meeting notices and certain board meeting notices to the owners electronically if the association obtains the written consent of the subject owner. The association attorney can assist in preparing the applicable consent form, which will need to include the designated e-mail address the owner wishes the …

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Participation in Social Media – Considerations for an Association

In an age where people increasingly rely on social media as their source for news, entertainment, and socialization, it is natural that community associations have begun to take a serious look at social media as a potential means of disseminating information to residents as well as fostering a sense of community spirit. While social …

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Volunteer Help: Friend or Foe to a Community?

Many community associations face substantial budgetary shortfalls on a yearly basis. As such, the use of volunteer labor may look like an attractive proposition to some associations. While saving money should be of paramount importance, not all free glitter is gold. In fact, relying on volunteer help may expose a community association to certain …

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