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Community without water for more than 24 hours (FL)

For more than 24 hours, the Habana Park Condominiums did not have water.  The HOA president, Peter Busto, blamed a leaking pipe that was found underground near an entrance of the community for the inconvenience. The community is located off

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Sand fight! Properties will be skipped in beach renourishment (FL)

A fight over sand! The Pinellas County beaches we all love could be in jeopardy because of 60 missing easement signatures. Despite doing everything the county asked, several beachfront properties won’t be getting sand.  50 Gulfside Condominiums in Indian Rocks

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Tampa Bay Area’s community uses HOA fees to curb speeding

The Carrollwood Village Homeowner’s Association is sharing how they were able to fix a big problem in their community: speeding and reckless driving.  They hope other Homeowner’s Associations can learn from their experience.  “We were having traffic crashes beyond anything

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Condo owner upset about beach restoration project (FL)

Lack of signed easements by the neighbors means 50 Gulfside Condominiums in Indian Rocks Beach won’t be getting any new sand during an upcoming beach restoration project.  Condo owner Rick Smith appealed to Pinellas County commissioners July 18, asking them

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Review of new legislation continues (FL)

Today’s column is the third installment of our annual review of community association legislation. In the first two installments, we covered the requirements for “estoppel certificates.”  Today, we will look at House Bill 1237, which contains some significant changes. HB

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Condo board term limits measured at time of next election

Question: My question is in reference to your recent column regarding board term restrictions. Am I correct in assuming that, as you understand it, the law passed this year is effective as of eight years ago? That is, someone who

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Land O’Lakes residents seeing backyards erode away

Jeff Cole comes out to check on his backyard just about every day.  And his anxiety is up since a sinkhole destroyed two homes just three miles from here.   “When I purchased the home I had no idea that this

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ondo owners battling billionaire’s plan to put amusement rides on Cocoa Beach (FL)

He is the “King of Time Shares” in Orlando, but on the beach just 40 miles to the east, the billionaire owner of Westgate Resorts is being called a noisy neighbor who locals say wants to be even noisier.  David

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Mother sues West Palm Beach condo in son’s 2015 shooting death (FL)

he mother of a 22-year-old man who has shot dead in his West Palm Beach apartment in 2015 has sued the owners and managers of the complex near Palm Beach Lakes and Village boulevards.  In the lawsuit filed last week

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Somerset Chase Homeowners Association alleges townhomes violate building codes (FL)

A homeowners association alleges that the property was negligently constructed and violates state building codes.  Somerset Chase Homeowners Association Inc. filed a complaint on June 16 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida – Orange County against CalAtlantic Group

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8 residents displaced in Marion County condo fire (FL)

Residents saw flames and smoke coming from the building. Everyone evacuated, and there were no injuries, officials said.  Flames were shooting through the roof as firefighters arrived on the scene.    Read the article…………..

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Steps associations should take to adapt to new estoppels law

Q: There are rumors going around about new laws concerning estoppels. Can you summarize the new requirements?  Read the Q&A…………….

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Term limits restrict ability to serve on board

Question: I am hoping that you can explain how the new statutory condominium term limits will work. We have a nine- member board, with each director serving two-year terms. This year, five positions will be up for election — three

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National homebuilder to pay Miami-Dade condo association $11M in settlement

National homebuilder D.R. Horton agreed to pay a bankrupt Miami Gardens condominium association $11 million to settle litigation after the judge previously found the developer engaged in “deceptive practices.”  The settlement between Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) and

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Fanning the flames: Naples condos fight fire codes while Marco complies (FL)

At the high-rise condos that dot the Naples and Marco Island skylines, the threat of a deadly fire is real. Without proper fire prevention equipment, a blaze could consume any of the buildings, some 50 years old, that are symbols

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Westbay condo residents push to restore views, value (FL)

A dispute over the boat canopies that are said to block the waterfront view from some units at a condominium complex in Holmes Beach is now backed by a claim that the diminished view is hitting one owner’s pocket book.

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What you need to know about new estoppels law effective July 1

Q: I heard there is a new law concerning estoppels. Is there anything we need to do?  Read the Q&A………….

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Management company not obligated to answer all inquires from owners

Question: I have a question regarding the management company that serves a community association/HOA. I realize that there is a board of directors; however, I am always told by the management company that I can’t call them to ask questions

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When should limited proxies or secret ballots be used

Q: I know secret ballots must be used for members present to elect directors. Just after the first of the year, our condo association had to vote on a material alteration. I attended the meeting rather than send a limited

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Residents of old high-rise condos in Naples balk at fire prevention costs (FL)

At the high-rise condos that dot the Naples skyline, the threat of a deadly fire is real. Without proper fire prevention equipment, a blaze could consume any of the buildings, some 50 years old, that are symbols of the retirement

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Complaint letters are part of association’s official record

Q: I live in a condominium and recently sent a letter to the manager complaining about the occupants of a neighboring unit. When the owner of the unit found out that someone complained, they asked for a copy of the

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State throws out Poinciana election (FL)

Days after a state arbitrator sided with a Poinciana resident who disputed how the subdivision counted developer votes in the February election of six of villages, the homeowners association filed a response and a motion for a new hearing.  

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Port Charlotte residents cry foul over developer’s HOA control (FL)

Kings Gate residents pay more than $1 million in homeowners association fees every year — but without any input on how it’s spent, they say.  Some within the 55-plus neighborhood off Rampart Boulevard near Interstate 75 are trying to gain

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Lightning ignites Dunedin condo fire, displacing residents and injuring two firefighters (FL)

Lightning sparked a fire Monday at a condominium complex, leaving some residents displaced and two firefighters with minor injuries.  According to Dunedin Fire Chief Jeffrey Parks, the fire at the Country Lakes condo complex, 330 Promenade Drive, started about 12:45

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Keys retreat or alleged rip-off? Unit owners block condo redevelopment proposal at Ocean Reef Club (FL)

A plan to tear down and rebuild a 1970s condo building at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo is being met with stiff opposition from eight current owners who accuse the developers of trying to muscle them out

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Florida couple stunned to learn $458,000 paid for gulffront condo may be for nothing

On June 8, a condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in North Redington Beach sold at a Pinellas County foreclosure auction for $458,000.  The winning bidders, an Orlando couple, thought they had gotten a good deal on the 1,500-square unit

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Isn’t a quorum required for HOA board decisions and action?

Q: I am a newly elected member of a seven member HOA BOD. Our documents talk of ‘board action’ which I read as a majority vote at a duly noticed meeting. One or two members – President and VP –

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Poinciana HOA asks for new hearing in election dispute (FL)

Days after an arbitrator ordered one of the state’s largest homeowners associations to toss the results of its latest election and host a new one within a month, the association has asked for a new hearing.  Lawyers for the Association

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Condo fraud legislation adds teeth to Florida’s laws

The investigative series by El Nuevo Herald and Univision 23 last year on condominium association fraud exposed severe flaws with Florida’s condo laws and their enforcement. It spurred the state attorney’s office to conduct a grand jury investigation, which culminated

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Has your condo building opted out of these Florida statutes?

The day before I wrote this column, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed House Bill 653, one of the main community association bills that was passed during this legislative session. In particular, this was the bill that would have allowed condominium unit

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Will the circle be unbroken: Walden Lake golf course gets a trim, new plan for the future (FL)

Mowing, among other improvements, has begun around the golf course at Walden Lake.  It’s become part of a routine that could soon end. The grass at Walden Lake Golf and Country Club gets a little too long, the city says

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Condo residents bracing for costly assessments after governor vetoes fire bill (FL)

Tens of thousands of condominium owners in South Florida and across the state are facing financial pressure to install fire-safety devices in older buildings following Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill that would have allowed them to avoid the

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Unit owners can display American or military flags (FL)

Q. We live in a community that forbids owners from displaying any flag. With Independence Day coming up soon, is this prohibition enforceable?   Read the Q&A………….

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Family battles homeowners association over fence installation (FL)

Homeowners associations have all sorts of rules and regulations in their covenants, many of which are backed up by Florida state law.  But one Daytona Beach couple tell News 6 all they want is install a small 4-foot wooden fence

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Beach Bummed (FL)

Sandpiper has nine units, with 10 private parking spaces … until now.  That’s because the City of Hollywood is reclaiming five spots to make Oklahoma Street wider.  Jeanette Garcia, Sandpiper resident: “They proceeded to tell me that the property that

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Scott veto means condo hardship, lawyer says (FL)

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill giving condo boards more control over how they add fire sprinklers but bill backers say condo associations will now be forced to pay for the fire-safety upgrades.  The bill would have affected older high-rise

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Action 9 investigates HOA debt collectors (FL)

A Winter Park woman claims a past-due homeowners association bill for $145 has turned into an astounding demand for $77,000.  Ranya Hamza blames a debt collector that bought old association debts then, she claims, demanded homeowners pay sky-high fees.  

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15 fall in water after Boca Raton deck collapses (FL)

A deck inside a gated community in Boca Raton collapsed, Tuesday afternoon, causing 15 people to fall in the water, officials said.  7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene of the collapse at the Boca Bayou Condominium Association, located at 30

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Scott cites London fire in vetoing condo bill (FL)

Pointing to a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents, Gov. Rick Scott late Monday vetoed a bill that would have eased fire-protection requirements for older condominium buildings in Florida.  The bill (HB 653), which passed the Legislature

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Can board have executive meetings without posting them or keeping minutes?

Q: We are an HOA and our Board is constantly holding, what they call, executive meetings with all Board members present. These meetings are never posted. They transact business at these meetings and don’t keep minutes. These meetings also do

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Can the board increase the number of directors?

Q: Our board of directors has five (5) directors and we want to increase the size of the board to seven (7) directors. We have an active membership and these additional directors would bring a lot of knowledge and experience.

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Associations must allow flags (FL)

Q: I am a military veteran. Over Memorial Day weekend, I displayed my American flag outside my home. I intend to display the same flag for the Fourth of July. I recently received a letter from my homeowners’ association stating

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HOA could foreclose on home over unpainted mailbox (FL)

Paint your mailbox, pay a $1,000 fine or we’ll foreclose on your house.  That’s the message a Wesley Chapel homeowners’ association is sending to homeowner Joe DeVirde.  The problem is DiVerde says he didn’t get the notice, until it was

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State orders Poinciana HOA to throw out election (FL)

As state arbitrator on Friday sided with a homeowner who challenged the way Poinciana’s homeowners association, one of the largest in the state, held its election of board members.  The arbitrator threw out the Association of Poinciana Villages’ results from

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Florida HOA’s Can Change Rental Rules

Question: Our homeowners’ association would like to change our current minimum rental period, which is only three days, to a thirty day minimum. If we receive a majority vote for making this amendment, do we have to “grandfather” current owners,

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Homeowners buy Royal Tee Golf Course in Cape Coral; hire director (FL)

The Cape Royal Homeowners Association has taken going green to a whole other level.  The members bought and are renovating the former Royal Tee Golf Club in Cape Royal, hoping to open the 27-hole course to the public and keep

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Will new laws protect condo owners from apartment conversions and rogue associations? (FL)

….Florida lawmakers this spring unanimously approved a bill that requires condo associations to give owners better access to records and imposes criminal penalties for electoral fraud, theft of funds and conflicts of interest. The measure would become law July 1

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Miami judge partially derails homeowners’ lawsuit against Privé at Island Estates developers (FL)

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas handed the developers of Privé at Island Estates a victory this week in their tumultuous legal war with neighboring homeowners.  Thomas ruled Tuesday that the statute of limitations had long expired for the Island Estates

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Residents ask for protection from neighboring developments (FL)

Before she won a seat on the City Commission in May, Jen Ahearn-Koch met with residents of the Essex House condominium on Palm Avenue. They told her about an aerial assault on their property.  They attributed the problem to the

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Refused a reason for rejection (FL)

For the past seven years, Ken has rented a condo at Heritage Landings in Fort Lauderdale.  Ken Fobes: “And they approved me and I moved in.”  Ken then recently moved from one condo to another … and had to fill

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