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When Things Go Bad – Dealing With the Press

In Associations sometimes things go bad. Despite all of the very best intentions and efforts someone gets hurt or is rightfully offended. Worse yet, at times the press because of either the newsworthiness of the story or a relationship between

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Always the same old HOA news

When there’s news about HOAs on TV or in newspapers, it’s mostly the same old news over and over again. Someone puts up a flag, changes something on their home, has hens, roosters or pigs on their property, maybe playground

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Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time

So last month I was at the doctor’s office, and as I was making small talk with the nurse she asked “So what do you do?” I responded “I’m an HOA attorney.”  She actually grimaced. It was a clear knee-jerk

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Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL)

The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding

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Local flag fight gets national attention (FL)

Despite Mr. Murphree’s claims to the contrary, the Tides Condominium Association is not pursuing legal action against him for his disrespectful flag display. We seek the monies due to the Association from Mr. Murphree and other owners whose accounts are

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Fact book an eye-opener on community associations

A community association is a popular lifestyle choice for many people, but it has been difficult to determine just how many — until now.  A new body of research, the “Community Association Fact Book,” tallies the numbers of associations, housing

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Community Association Residents Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied

Americans who make their homes in homeowners associations and condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Research.  Almost two-thirds of the 65 million owners and

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What if…..?

It’s no secret that HOAs get a bad rap in the public discourse. In fact the adage, it only takes one bad apple springs to mind when it comes to HOAs and Condos. Local news reporters and politicians love to

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Should community association boards speak to the media?

I am often contacted by members of the media to discuss various association topics. These can range from the serious (secondhand smoke) to the comical (DNA testing of doggie poop).   Read more…….

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HOAs in the Media: 5 Scandals affecting community associations in 2012

2012 was a year rocked by scandals affecting community associations. At a time when we are looking ahead, making resolutions, we thought it might be helpful to look back and see the scandals that colored the public’s knowledge of HOAs

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How much do you really want to know about what is going on in the condo unit or home next door?

Ironman III, Magic City, Burn Notice and The Real Housewives of Miami were all shot in Miami Beach properties. Other Florida cities have similarly been the stage for both big and small screen entertainment. Ask some of the neighbors living

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How to avoid becoming a headline – or successfully dealing with it if you do

As you know, from time to time, HOAs end up in the news for perceived abuses to residents of an association or to question actions taken by the board or management. While the allegations in the news coverage may or

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TV News Report on Association Lien Foreclosures Sold at Foreclosure Auctions Mischaracterizes These Investments as Deceptive, Valueless

The recent report by Patrick Fraser of the South Florida Fox affiliate WSVN Channel 7 took many of the community association attorneys at our firm by surprise. The report featured what appeared to be novice and uninformed real estate investors

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Before You Start Pointing Fingers….

I recently read an article where a homeowner was upset about her condominium association initiating foreclosure proceedings against her for her failure to pay her assessments. While people may read this article and feel sorry for the homeowner, one should

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Dealing with the Media

I have a Google Alert set up which gives me a daily report of internet posts and media coverage anytime an association is involved. I see, on average, 10-15 stories a day. As a result, planning for your association to

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A Reporter Calls: Part 2

I talk to reporters almost every day, and one thing is clear: Many of the most negative stories we see are generated by homeowners who have turned to the media for public redress of their personal grievances—valid or not. Reporters

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A Reporter Calls: Part 1

First things first: Get the full name of the reporter and get his or her phone number and e-mail address. Make sure you identify the news outlet. Be friendly and respectful. Don’t convey a tone that indicates defensiveness, anger or

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Using the military or veteran card in HOA disagreements

Veterans and community associations sometimes bump heads, especially about flags

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