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Can candidates reconsider after withdrawing from election?

Q: The bylaws of our condominium association specify that the board of directors shall be comprised of not less than five nor more than seven members. Six members filed their applications for candidacy by the required deadline (40 days before

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Promote fire safety, not substandard condo housing for the elderly

Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, a paid lobbyist of Florida condominium associations, in an op-ed on Feb. 14, advocated for a bill that “would allow older high-rises to opt out of an ELSS [engineered life safety system] and, for those who do

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Linda Stewart bill would delay HOA fines on deceased owner’s family (FL)

State Senator Linda Stewart has introduced legislation that would prohibit Home Owner’s Associations or HOA from charging late fines and fees immediately after the death of a homeowner. The bill aims to protect families from immediate financial scrutiny following the

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Voter Apathy Plagues Florida Community Associations

Question: Our condominium association has been trying to amend our condominium documents since the developer sold out 10 years ago. The documents require 75% of all unit owners for amendment. This has failed several times, primarily due to voter apathy.

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Convicted Felon on Condo Board? (FL)

Sometimes living in a condo or homeowner’s association can be a nightmare, but how about this one: a condo president, who has a criminal record, has two residents trying to get a restraining order to keep him away from them.

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Palm Beach considering major change to landscaping laws

Only on Palm Beach would there be a debate on how to keep the town tidy.  Neighbors are butting heads with town leaders over leaf blowers and the noise they make. It’s an ongoing battle that started years ago and

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Condo to state: Prosecute former board members for misspent $1 million (FL)

A major West Palm Beach condo association is urging statewide prosecutors to bring charges against former members of its board of directors who, Florida condominium regulators say, misspent more than $1 million of association money.  Dane Leitner, attorney for Whitehall

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Former employees accuse Bal Harbour Tower Condominium Association (FL) of labor code violations

A Miami-Dade County employer is accused of not paying overtime wages to two former employees.  Berkant Hakli and Karim Laroussi filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly situated on Feb. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern

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Assessments and Combined Lots in Florida HOAs

Question: I live in a homeowners’ association community. Recently, one of our owners purchased the vacant lot next to their home. The owner has now combined the properties into one parcel with the taxing authorities and is now demanding that

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How can we get detailed financial reports at board meetings?

Q: The board of directors in my homeowners association meets every month and provides a cursory financial report with little detail. We have requested the treasurer and board provide more information, but the board responds we can get the detail

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Board president cannot waive statutory election deadlines

Question: Our condo will elect two directors to the board in a few weeks. I and a second candidate submitted our intent to run forms by the statutory deadline. However, a third person submitted his intent to run form after

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Should emails between board members be made public?

Q: I am on the board of directors and a unit owner recently asked me to send her all emails relative to an ongoing covenant violation dispute. The board has discussed the violation in previous email communication and we have

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Attorney files 60 almost identical discrimination lawsuits against Florida home rental owners

An extra way to make cash, could end up costing you. As home rental sites become more popular, a Contact 5 investigation found you could end up slapped with a federal lawsuit, paying thousands of dollars, for what you advertise.

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1010 Central condo owners claim ‘defective’ construction, sue builder (FL)

Condominium owners in downtown St. Petersburg are hopping mad over alleged “defective” construction of their complex, as well as a variety of building code violations.  The 1010 Central Condominium Association, a nonprofit corporation representing owners in the complex at 1010

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Sawgrass Players Club residents give greenlight to golf course proposal (FL)

Sawgrass Players Club residents voted overwhelmingly Monday to amend the community’s covenants and approve a proposed development agreement with Oak Bridge Club owner Alta Mar Holdings, clearing the way for Alta Mar to sell 40 acres of the golf course

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Florida Condominium and HOA Fining Laws are Slightly Different

Question: There seems to have been a lot of change in the law about fining. Has the legislature finally made the condominium statute and the homeowners’ association statute the same on this issue?   Read the Q&A………….

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Former property manager alleges wrongful termination by Silver Thatch Atlantic Plaza Condominium Association Inc.

A Broward County woman formerly employed as property manager claims she was wrongfully terminated for reporting allegedly unlawful conduct.  Michele Gardner filed a complaint on Jan. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Silver

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Gated residents sick of their view (FL)

Residents of a residential community just outside the Interstate 75 interchange with Palm Beach Boulevard say they’re sick of passing a half-mile of trashy-looking fence as they drive to their haven behind the gates.  Several residents of Pine Ridge, located

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Citrus Co. condo owners still dealing with Hurricane damage (FL)

Diane Reid’s condo is a mess.  “I go out to eat a lot,” she said.  So is Peter Fox’s.  “The most frustrating thing is waiting. It’s been 5 months since the flood,” he said.  Both are basically forced to stay

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State fails to protect condo owners from board fraud, grand jury finds (FL)

The Florida state agency that regulates condominium associations does not work to protect the tens of thousands who live in condos, resulting in extensive fraud, mismanagement and conflicts of interest among the boards and management companies that govern them, according

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Caring for a neighborhood: The story of Lemon Tree (FL)

A jetliner roars through the clouds, momentarily silencing the chirping birds outside Suzy Spivey’s quaint one-bedroom condo just south of downtown Orlando. She bought the home when she was in her mid-20s and became the talk of all her friends,

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State: Former West Palm condo board misspent more than $1 million

State regulators say former board members of the 20-building Whitehall condos on Village Boulevard misspent more than $1 million of their association’s money on themselves and shifted hundreds of thousands of dollars from reserves to cover budget shortfalls without authorization

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Rules, regulations don’t require state approval

Question: At our recent condominium association meeting, the president informed us that all of our association rules, which had been approved by the members and had been in effect since November of 1997, were void because they had not been

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Realtor gives tips on avoiding HOA nightmares (FL)

The beauty of buying a home is a dream for many. It’s incredibly exciting when you finally sign on the dotted line.  Then you realize you have to tack on more fees from your homeowner’s association and possibly deal with

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Condo feud boils over as neighbors sic city on neighbors (FL)

A feud among owners at Vantage View Condominiums could land a lot of unneighborly neighbors in hot water with the city.  Since September, the city has received almost 60 anonymous code complaints against individual unit owners accused of doing remodeling

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Poinciana residents head to court (FL)

Three Poinciana residents named in a lawsuit against their homeowner’s association will have their day in court Friday — they hope.  In the complaint, the third one the Polk County court asked to be drafted, residents Peter Jolly, Victor Destremps

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Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs (FL)

A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took at least $56,000 from three homeowners’ associations in Lee and Collier counties.  Robert Dana Brown also owed more than $48,000 to another nine homeowners’

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Inexperienced lawyer wins epic courtroom battle in Lake (FL)

Three years ago, a Mount Dora attorney who has been a member of the Florida Bar for 35 years but never really practiced law got annoyed by the builder-controlled homeowner association at Sullivan Ranch, where she lives.  Sara MacKenzie thought

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What Community Association Bills Have Been Filed So Far? (FL)

The Florida Legislature met in Talahassee for two weeks in January, but so far, no community association bills have been heard in committee. The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Chris Sprowls, did hear a presentation about “Condominium Terminations” and

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Jupiter man accused of putting feces on HOA president’s car (FL)

A Jupiter man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly left feces on a vehicle belonging to the president of a home owner’s association where both live, according to an arrest report.  Jupiter police said that Alexander Ankudinov, 60, was twice

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What’s best format for showing document changes? (FL)

Q: Our condominium association is amending its governing documents. The board is not circulating a redlined document. There are too many changes to fully understand the differences. How can we determine the changes?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Is the association obligated to pay taxes for leased units?

Q: What is the potential liability to a condo association when it comes to the various taxes that come due from the income that members derive from leasing their respective condos? In other words, if the association is a bit

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Condo Q&A: Board election deadlines not flexible

Q: My condominium association is in the process of preparing for our annual meeting. The 40-day deadline for owners to turn in their self-nominations was at the end of December. In the first week of January, a unit owner submitted

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Rental restrictions may not survive legal challenge

Question: I live in a community governed by an HOA. We have more than 150 lots. Our declaration of covenants requires a two-thirds vote to amend, but the bylaws, due to a previous amendment, only require a majority vote.  The

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Special assessments legal but must be publicized

Q:  I bought a home in a gated community in 2009 and have been paying the maintenance dues annually since then. Last year, the board notified the residents that it now would be charging a road assessment fee of an

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Cape Royal homeowners purchase Royal Tee Golf Course (FL)

Cape Royal Homeowners Association closed last week on a purchase of the Royal Tee Golf Course that was shuttered by course ownership last August.  “Our No. 1 priority was to control the land so that another developer could come in

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Landscaping Violations Should be Resolved Early in Florida HOAs

Question: I was recently elected to the board of directors for my homeowners association. One of the issues that led me to run was better enforcement of the restrictions in our governing documents. One of the homes in our community

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Missed $150 HOA payment has family fighting for home (FL)

A Riverview family could soon be kicked out of their home, all because they missed a $150 homeowners association payment.  “This is my life that I worked so hard for, and for them to just come in and take it,”

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Jacksonville neighborhood’s anti-crime initiative shows thieves in the act (FL)

One local neighborhood’s efforts to stop crime captured a car break-in as it happened.  A teenager appears to wave to a surveillance camera before he rummages through a car parked in a driveway. Three other teens can be seen keeping

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Pace residents pushing to close entrance to development (FL)

For two years, residents of a Pace development say they have been trying to get an entrance to their neighborhood closed.  Homeowners in the Cross Roads Homeowners Association will get a chance to make their case to close the Berryhill

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Hearing Thursday in Universal’s lawsuit against county, Enclave (FL)

A hearing is scheduled Thursday on Universal Studios Water Parks’ lawsuit against Orange County and The Enclave at Orlando Condominium Association.  Orange County says the hearing is on its motion to dismiss the case.  Universal filed the lawsuit in 2015.

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Forty investors who bought rooms in Miami Beach’s Shelborne Hotel lose contentious lawsuit

Five years after suing Miami Beach hotelier Keith Menin, their condo association and companies tied to developer Russell Galbut for allegedly authorizing nearly $30 million in illegal assessments to renovate and repair the Shelborne Hotel, 40 investors who bought rooms

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Avalon Park residents upset over wild hogs (FL)

Pat-Ann Gangasingh has had her fair share of run-ins with the wild hogs living in the reserve near her Avalon Park neighborhood. Not too long ago, they tore up her yard. Now it looks like they’re back again. Her neighbor

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Condo Q&A: Board members should avoid contracting with their association

Q: I own the company that provides landscaping services to the community where I live. The association recently sent out a notice soliciting self-nominations for the board of directors. I submitted my nomination, but the board has indicated that I

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Condo resident sues Palm Beach over code enforcement fines (FL)

A Palm Beach resident has filed suit against the town alleging that code enforcement and police officers violated his privacy rights when they entered his condo without permission and fined him nearly $25,000.  The suit was filed Jan. 13 by

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How can a new owner be sure he received all documents?

Q: My neighbor purchased his condominium unit and the seller gave him some, but not all of the condominium documents. The seller forgot to give him an amendment prohibiting pets and, unfortunately, my neighbor has a dog. How can a

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Woman killed in Winter Springs condo fire (FL)

Fire officials said the flames that tore through a Winter Springs condo unit spread very quickly.  Firefighters made the discovery of a woman’s body inside a burned condo unit. Neighbors said the victim was an elderly woman.  Seminole County Fire

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Man killed in Port St. Lucie condo fire (FL)

A man in his 50s died overnight after a large fire at condominium in Port St. Lucie.  The St. Lucie County Fire District said the blaze occurred around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Green Acres Circle.  

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Fairway Oaks residents finally get answers, but questions remain (FL)

Residents of the Fairway Oaks neighborhood who have been fighting for years to get repairs to what they call “poorly built HabiJax homes” are finally seeing results, but one issue still remains.  For months, the News4Jax I-TEAM has been digging

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Mother and son stole nearly $123,000 from Lakeland homeowners’ association (FL)

Martha Beard, 60, and her son, Matthew Beard, 33, each face up to 30 years in prison on charges they stole an estimated $122,780 from their community’s homeowners’ association over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard pleaded guilty to grand theft

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