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What’s New With Official Records?

The Condominium Act (“The Act”) has a catchall provision which essentially provides that “other written records” related to the operation of a condominium are considered official records of an association.  In 2017, the Act underwent some changes as it pertains to official records and these changes are important to keep in mind to avoid …

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Stopping the Limitations Clock in Bank Foreclosures – Bartram v. U.S. Bank

Associations across Florida have anxiously awaited the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla., November 3, 2016).  While the underlying facts in Bartram are somewhat convoluted, the relevant question before the Florida Supreme Court was whether the five (5) year statute …

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The Association Foreclosed On A Delinquent Owner. Is The Mortgagee Entitled To The Rental Income?

Condominium and Homeowner Associations are never anxious to take on properties abandoned by owners.  Yet with the mortgage crisis many properties were left vacant for years.  In the interim, unpaid assessments continued to accrue and the properties were ripe for vagrants and were left to deteriorate, risking damage to the common elements or adjoining …

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Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS) Lobbying Initiative

 For the 2018 Legislative Session, Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Leadership Lobby’s (CALL) will once again tackle the thorny issue of older Florida high-rises that have previously opted out of sprinkler systems still being required to retrofit with an Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS). If your community would like to be part …

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