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Condo owners sue Adams Street Lofts for financial records (FL)

It’s been months since Anthony Dewees and Lynda Tiefel asked to see the financial records of their condominium association over concerns about maintenance issues, bills being paid late and the association’s reserves being depleted.  Their attempts to obtain the financial

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How does a board member legally act in the best interest of homeowners?

Q: I am a member of our homeowners’ association board of directors who was recently appointed to fill a vacate position. I have never acted as a board member. I read some materials relating to the work of board members

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Navarre’s Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 grant to bear-proof neighborhood (FL)

A large Navarre neighborhood has received $65,000 from the state to help residents keep bears at bay.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission awarded the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association one of 10 BearWise grants. The community will

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If association president won’t follow will of board, replace him

Question: I live in a new townhome golf cart community with a newly established HOA, of which I am the secretary. The community has one road with a gated entrance and a posted 20 mph speed limit. We have mailed

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Can my association send notices electronically?

Q: I live in a large condominium association with over 300 units. Notice of all the membership meetings are still done the old-fashioned way by making copies and placing the notices in the mail to the owners. This seems like

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No flood insurance for the condo? It’s potentially negligent to go uncovered (FL)

Q: We own a unit in a small condominium. Until recently, we have had flood insurance although we are not in a flood zone. Now a new owner is pushing for it, and the board is caving in. Are they

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No flood insurance for the condo? It’s potentially negligent to go uncovered (FL)

Q: We own a unit in a small condominium. Until recently, we have had flood insurance although we are not in a flood zone. Now a new owner is pushing for it, and the board is caving in. Are they

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Versailles Sur La Mer condo complex condemned by Brevard County south of Melbourne Beach (FL)

The Versailles Sur La Mer condominium complex has been condemned by Brevard County officials, who cited “extreme structural support issues” that were likely exacerbated by Hurricane Irma’s howling winds.  Built in 1981, the yellow four-story oceanfront residential structure is located

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Woodlands Country Club Residents Learn Fate about Golf Course

For the one hundred plus residents that were in attendance at the November 13th homeowner’s association meeting, the bad news fell like a ball in a sand trap: their beloved golf course would cease to be. In its place would

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Woman shot by PBSO deputy who killed self sues condo complex

The woman shot last month by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco, who then fatally shot himself, has sued her Boynton Beach condominium complex and its property manager, as well as DeMarco’s estate, court records show.  Yuly Solano had

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Miami Beach Commercial Condominium Unit Owners Embroiled in Legal Battles

Now, Tequila Chicas and the owners of some of the units, including those occupied by the Mexican restaurant, have sued the condominium association and the owners of other units, some of whom sit on the condo board. The plaintiffs allege

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Shouldn’t condo owners have a right to know how their fees are spent?

Q: Our HOA has a management company that runs our 1,200-unit association. They refuse to tell the owners what individual employees make, claiming they are the management’s employees and not ours. Yet, they tell us they are giving OUR employees

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Year-end surplus treatment in board’s hands (FL)

Q: What must be done with a condominium association’s operating surplus at the end of the year? Is it true that it must be returned to the owners in the form of payment or a credit to next year’s budget

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Clearwater man fights to keep squirrel as pet in his condominium (FL)

A Clearwater man is fighting to keep a squirrel as a pet inside his condominium.  Ryan Boylan says he rescued the squirrel shortly after Hurricane Matthew more than a year ago.    The rodent was stuck under someone else’s car. 

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Why are miles of Irma debris still sitting on some secluded Miami-Dade streets? (FL)

Two months after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, while debris cleanup efforts have been slow but steady in most parts of Miami-Dade, thousands of homeowners are still dealing with trash that most people can’t see.  The reason? Those homeowners

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No ‘hard’ law offers guidance for when HOAs require buyers to join golf clubs (FL)

Q:  Our homeowner association recently passed an amendment to our community requiring everyone who buys a resale in our community to join the golf and country club. It is costly to do so, and I am having a problem selling

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Contractors accused of stealing from condo owners on Marco Island (FL)

Some Marco Island condo owners claim workers that were paid to fix their properties stole from them.  Many condos along the water in Marco Island still have damage from Hurricane Irma and need repairs.  Marco Island condo owner, Jeanne Wagner,

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Sandestin Resort Lawsuit Settled (FL)

For years, Sandestin Investments and it’s founder have been battling back and forth with the Homeowner’s Association at the popular resort. However, one of the battles may soon be over.  The ongoing dispute between the Sandestin Homeowners Association and Sandestin

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All owners usually must OK converting common elements to private

Question: Is the majority in a condo HOA entitled to “privatize” common areas? I live in a two-story building in Century Village, with eight apartments on the first floor and eight condos on the second floor.  The owners living on

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Some owners looking to blame others after Hurricane Irma (FL)

Many Southwest Florida condominium and homeowners’ association owners suffered damage to their unit, home, cars or other possessions as a result of Irma’s wrath.  While most understand that hurricanes are considered no-fault “acts of God” that caused their damage, there

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Holdout widow settles with Westgate Resorts for sale of condo (FL)

Julieta Meija de Corredor and her family stopped using their Orlando vacation villa years ago.  They had once enjoyed the tennis courts, trees and pool at the vacation community on Big Sand Lake, which was close to SeaWorld Orlando, Universal

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Real estate agents slapped with $35,000 fine for breaking Clearwater’s short-term rental law (FL)

In April, Nicole Dufala stood before the Municipal Code Enforcement Board and said she “honestly didn’t know” it was against city law to rent out her Countryside home by the night.  Neighbor and homeowner association president Walter Johnson had counted

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Colony Cove residents still trying to get hurricane relief from FEMA (FL)

More than a month and a half after Hurricane Irma damaged many homes in the Colony Cove development in Ellenton, residents are still looking to get help from FEMA. Debbie Tucker, a resident whose roof was severely damaged is spearheading

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Water damage nightmare lives on for Gardens condo residents (FL)

When the San Matera luxury condo community settled a lawsuit with builder Kolter’s insurers over shoddy construction, the board president was optimistic relief would come for both soggy, frustrated residents and their leaky buildings.  That hasn’t happened yet for Rick

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How often is the board required to perform an audit? (FL)

Q: I received my annual meeting proxy in the mail and there is a question asking me whether I want to waive the audit for this fiscal year. I can’t remember the last time we actually had the audit performed.

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Condo owners must pay share as specified in governing documents

Question: We have lived in a condominium for nearly 20 years. The building was built in 1969, and there are a total of 35 units.  The building has always charged a higher assessment on the five units that have exterior

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Can condo owners force cancellation of cable provider contract? (FL)

Q: The board of directors of our condominium has recently voted to sign a contract with Comcast that would provide cable and internet service for the entire community. I understand that under Florida condo law there is a provision that

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HOA warns St. Cloud residents to remove signs supporting law enforcement (FL)

The Burgess Family has had their “Back the blue” yard sign in their front yard since the tragedy that left two Kissimmee police officers shot and killed in the line of duty in August.  “We support the ‘blue,’ we back

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No sprinklers: Could this condo fire death have been avoided? (FL)

Nearly two months later, investigators have not determined the cause of the Sept. 7 blaze that killed Means, an Eckerd College graduate whom his professors call one of the most brilliant students they ever had. Whatever the eventual finding, a

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‘Hi Neighbor!’ event helps new residents assimilate in community (FL)

With new people moving into the area at a steady clip, the Sun City Center Community Association is ready to tell them about all the activities that are available to them. They have all been personally invited to the annual

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Elevators pose problems after Hurricane Irma in Boca high-rises

Boca Raton’s Assistant Fire Chief Matt Welhaf never got more calls about out-of-service elevators than he did after Hurricane Irma from people who live in beachfront buildings.  Turns out there’s a city law about keeping at least one elevator in

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Why do two statues address same condo issues differently? (FL)

Q: Recently, our HOA wanted to make a significant material change to our common area. They wanted to do this without a membership vote on the issue. Our governing documents do not address this issue. It is my understanding that

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HOA board may have power to regulate exterior of your home (FL)

Question: I live in a small development governed by an HOA. Our declaration of covenants states that “no patio-villa owner shall in any way deface or change the color of the exterior of his patio-villa. Exterior walls, roof and the

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Can owner install a carport over his parking space? (FL)

Q: Our condominium documents provide that every owner is entitled to a parking space, either covered or uncovered. An owner is requesting to install a carport over his parking space so that it becomes a covered parking space. Can the

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Scam overbilled companies in downtown’s SunTrust Tower, ends in fraud guilty plea (FL)

A Ponte Vedra Beach businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks on maintenance fees charged to businesses at the SunTrust Tower in downtown Jacksonville.  Ashish Bahl, 52, could theoretically face up to five years

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Polk circuit judge OKs portion of Poinciana homeowners’ lawsuit against HOA (FL)

After nearly two years of effort, a lawsuit filed by three homeowners against one of the state’s largest homeowners associations is finally moving forward.  Polk County Circuit Judge Larry Helms ruled two counts alleging breach of contract can proceed to

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Homes could replace part of golf courses at The Meadows as country club struggles financially (FL)

Golf swings at The Meadows Country Club could soon be paving the way for many more housing units. That’s something that doesn’t sit too well with Pamela Campbell. She has lived in her piece of paradise right next to the

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Attorney for woman shot by PBSO deputy to sue condo complex (FL)

The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who shot his ex-girlfriend, then fatally shot himself Thursday, was on duty and used his service weapon, Boynton Beach police confirmed Monday.  Meanwhile, an attorney for the victim, Yuly Solano, said Monday night he’s

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Got a condo complaint? There is now an office in Miami-Dade to handle it

Miami-Dade condominium owners who have complaints or concerns about management at their condos, board elections or special assessments will now be able to seek answers at a new office in Doral.  Florida’s government opened an office in Miami-Dade for the

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Pensacola Beach neighborhood says dog park needs to move (FL)

Citing concerns about poorly behaved dogs and dog owners, a Pensacola Beach homeowners association is asking Escambia County to move a beachfront dog park to a more secluded area.  The association, which represents the De Luna Point neighborhood, wants the

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Can condo association members vote to rescind a contract?

Q: Our Board of Directors of our Condominium has recently voted to sign a contract with Comcast that would provide cable and internet service for the entire community. I understand that under Florida condo law there is a provision that

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Association must follow Condo Act in event of hurricane damage (FL)

Question: What is your take on air conditioners damaged by Hurricane Irma? They are on the roof of each of our condos. Some were damaged because another roof came off the building next door, and some were blown over by

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Will insurance cover an Irma-related special assessment? (FL)

Q: My condominium association lost a portion of the roof as a result of Hurricane Irma. The board adopted a special assessment to pay for the repairs. Will my individual insurance for my unit cover this special assessment?   Read the

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Condo board may be ‘terrible,’ but withholding dues will make matters worse

Q:  I live in a 55+ condominium community and many residents, myself included, feel that the board is doing a terrible job at maintaining our community, despite the high dues that we pay. We have spoken out at board meetings,

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Collier County man fights HOA’s rule to bring down flag

Frank Apuzzo has been raising his American flag every morning since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida.  Apuzzo, who has lived at the Isles of Capri for about two years, received a letter two days ago from his homeowners association asking

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Court rules Privé’s sidewalk, built through homeowners’ properties, is illegal (FL)

A judge has deemed Privé at Island Estates’ sidewalk, built through homeowners’ properties, is illegal, as the years-long war between the condo developers and their Aventura neighbors wages on.  Several nearby homeowners and the Island Estate Homeowners Association had filed

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Attorney General Bondi Takes Action Against Companies Targeting Financially Distressed Floridians

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office filed a complaint against HOA Problem Solutions, Inc., as well as several related companies, for using deceptive and unfair practices to acquire properties from financially distressed homeowners. These Floridians’ homes faced impending homeowners’ association foreclosure

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Appeals court rules in favor of condo owners in Pensacola Beach property tax controversy (FL)

An appeals court has ruled that condo owners of two Pensacola Beach developments do not have to pay property taxes on their condo developments’ land as it is owned by Escambia County.  The Florida First District Court of Appeal ruled

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Lake County to collect storm debris from gated communities and private roads (FL)

On Sept. 20, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution requesting FEMA assistance to remove vegetative storm debris from private property, gated communities and non-county maintained roads, up to a collection cost of $500,000.  Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs),

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Sandestin, homeowners reach settlement (FL)

After years of being at odds over various development issues, the Sandestin Owners Association has agreed to a settlement with Sandestin Investments (SDI) over a contested development order.  The dispute was prompted by a change order application filed by SDI

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