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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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Flooding leads Fort Lauderdale to consider higher fees (FL)

The rate change would shift costs so that condo owners, and owners of stores, offices, and government properties pay more.  The new rates would be based on how much traffic a property generates — a novel, relatively untested method that

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Can a homeowners association deny my tenant with poor credit history?

Q: Can a homeowners association deny my tenant because of a poor credit history?  Read the Q&A………………

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HOAs can change rental rules

Q: Our homeowners’ association would like to change our current minimum rental period, which is only three days to a 30-day minimum. If we receive a majority vote for making this amendment, do we have to grandfather current owners, some

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Can I run for the condo board if I haven’t paid a fine?

Q: My condominium association imposed a $500 fine against me in 2016 for an alleged violation of the parking restrictions. I never paid the fine because I disputed their allegation and because the board selectively enforces the parking restrictions. When

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‘Test Case’: How Attorneys Defeated a $10 Million Class Action Over Condo Costs (FL)

Putting on “a numbers case” helped the owners of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach condo hotel defeat a $10 million class action lawsuit by residents fuming over a multimillion-dollar spike in maintenance fees.  Q Club Hotel LLC owns the property

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (“SWFWMD”), the agency responsible for managing and

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Poinciana residents challenge developer in election dispute

A dispute over who should control Poinciana, which says it has the largest homeowners association in Florida, could hinge on a strip of pine woods dotted with soggy marshland on the eastern shore of Lake Marion.  At stake is control

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Ceiling collapses in retirement community condo units displace several Sun City residents (FL)

Several residents of a Sun City retirement community were displaced overnight when water damage caused a condominium’s ceiling to collapse, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.   Read the article…………..

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Florida HOA Residents Have the Right to Inspect Official Records of the Association

Question: I live in a homeowners’ association. I recently received a letter stating that a decorative holiday flag in my front yard is in violation of the association’s rules and regulations. I am confused because several of my neighbors have

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FishHawk neighbors, HOA battle over drone use (FL)

Drones are becoming more popular as a hobby, but many say regulations aren’t keeping up with the technology.  Right now, there’s a battle brewing in FishHawk Ranch: the right to fly drones versus neighbors rights to privacy.  When it comes

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Lakewood Ranch uses record amount of water. And it could cost plenty (FL)

Even thought meteorologists were predicting a 60 percent chance of rain for the Bradenton area Tuesday, Lakewood Ranch supervisors were certain that some homeowners would be running their sprinklers as if the area were still in a drought.  Some even

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HOA asks military-decorated SUV to be removed from neighborhood (FL)

Controversy has erupted in a Middleburg neighborhood over an SUV decorated with military decorations.  “We feel that a vehicle designed to create awareness for support for our troops could never be deemed a nuisance,” SUV owner Kathy Signorile said.  Signorile

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1 Injured In Clearwater Condo Fire

A woman was seriously injured in a Sunday morning fire that broke out in a first-floor unit at the Seville Condominiums near Clearwater mall. According to Clearwater Fire Rescue, the woman was being airlifted to a local hospital for treatment

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How can we best address repeatedly request for records?

Q: Our condominium association has an owner that repeatedly requests access to the same records, over and over again, and is looking for a smoking gun to use against the Board. It is consuming a large amount of management resources

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Delinquent owners not eligible for Board

Q: I live in a homeowners’ association and recently submitted my intent to run for the board. However, my name was not included on the ballot that was mailed out to all of the owners. When I asked the association

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Condo owner claims Meadowbrook Condominium Apartments Building #1 Inc. failed to repair water problem

A Hallandale condo owner alleges the property manager failed to repair water intrusion, which has caused damage to her unit.  Alina Glushkina filed a complaint on May 18 in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida – Broward County against

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When your neighbor is too loud

QUESTION: I live in a townhome. The person who lives in the unit that backs up to mine makes a tremendous amount of noise. He is not there all the time, but when he is, there is almost always loud

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Division of Condominiums may investigate cooperative complaints

Question: I hope you can help with a very frustrating situation we have at our cooperative. One of our owners, who is also a director, is a real estate agent. This director regularly violates two of our covenants. First, we

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Condo owners allege dozens of construction defects at Artecity in Miami Beach (FL)

In 2011, the Artecity complex of condominiums near Collins Park in Miami Beach was completed, despite the developer filing for bankruptcy amid an avalanche of lawsuits. Six years later, the unit owners are now taking the developer, Artecity Park LLC,

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What is the best way to handle frequent email questions from an owner?

Q: We have a condominium unit owner who emails our property management literally 10 times per day with questions and requests. The manager is doing her best to respond, but the questions can be complicated and rude. How do we

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Condo enforcement: Pay $25 late fee or… lose your home?

David Silva’s $340,000 condo faces foreclosure because of a $25 late fee.  Silva, a resident at Ventura Greens at Emerald Dunes since 2007, was having his bank make automatic payments of the monthly maintenance fee for his three-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse

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Bike thief targeting Sarasota condo owners

A prolific bike bandit is making the rounds in Sarasota. He has expensive tastes, hitting only downtown area high-rise condos. So far, he’s taken at least six bikes by getting into ground floor garages.  Signs at the Essex House overlooking

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Seminole County residents resist homeowners’ association demands to re-sod yards during drought (FL)

A group of Seminole County residents are crying foul after their homeowners’ association has demanded they re-sod their browning yards during the worst drought Central Florida has seen in 100 years.  The homeowners told Channel 9 that they want their

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Riverview family wins foreclosure battle with HOA (FL)

A Riverview family has won a yearlong fight with their HOA to save their home from foreclosure.  10News has been following the Lopez family’s emotional battle, after their Riverview HOA foreclosed on their home, all over a missed $150 homeowners

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At Your Service: Condo & HOA Edition Spring 2017

South Florida abounds in condominiums—and associations—so today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with an association expert. She’s attorney Donna Berger.  We touch on bills passed in this year’s legislative session, including those calling for criminal penalties for

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Lakewood Ranch home in disrepair causes complaints (FL)

Braden Woods’ Rick Askerud looked across his street and wondered what has gone wrong in his neighborhood?  The home at 6209 95th St. Circle E., has fallen into such disrepair the homeowners association is planning legal action and Manatee County

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Ex-Boynton Beach HOA treasurer admits to embezzling over $50,000 (FL)

A former treasurer of a Boynton Beach homeowner’s association admitted Tuesday that he embezzled over $50,000 from the HOA, court records show.  Norman Glavas, 70, of Boynton Beach, pleaded guilty to one charge of grand theft over $20,000 and will

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On your side: Vacation rental condo booking disasters

Summer break is here but before you plan your next vacation pay close attention before reserving.  Cozy vacation condos can make for a more homey getaway but customer service won’t likely mirror the on-site staff at a chain hotel.  Complaining

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HOA security guard accused of hitting resident with patrol car (FL)

An HOA security officer is facing an aggravated battery charge after a resident accused the officer of hitting him with his patrol car during a dispute about a parking ticket, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.  Thomas Kabis, 78,

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Can the board fill a vacancy without an election?

Q: Recently one of the members of our board of directors resigned from the board and sold their unit. When he announced his resignation, I expected the association to schedule an election to fill the vacancy. However, at the most

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HOA reserves may not be mandatory

Question: I live in an HOA community and we have had reserves since 1986. Recently, the board decided to eliminate reserves and put all the money in the reserve accounts into our operating fund account. They did this on their

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q: I own a townhouse in a homeowners association (HOA) community. During my purchase interview, the rules and regulations were explained. During the last few years, I have noticed the board members violating the rules and regulations of the complex

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Dispute among condo board members lands Boca man in jail (FL)

An altercation between two board members of a Boca Raton condo association landed one in jail this week on a battery charge.  City police arrested Eric Harry Shaw, 73, Tuesday on a charge of battery on a person older than

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Two Charged with Stealing from Condo Owners (FL)

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the owners of Vacation Place Rentals, a property management company on Panama City Beach.  “The couple is believed to have rented condos and failed to pay condo owners,” deputies wrote in a news

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Owners face losing condos in Kissimmee (FL)

Polk County resident Laurel Harris and a handful of Legacy Grand condo owners — including a few full-time residents — have been put on notice by their association that the Kissimmee property is becoming a hotel.  The main reason the

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Which governing documents are most important for associations to rewrite?

Q: Our condominium association is contemplating rewriting our governing documents. What are the most important issues the board should consider?   Read the Q&A……………….

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