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Proposed condo reform bill expected to go before Florida legislature for final vote

A bill to reform Florida condo law is in its final phase in Tallahassee after it was unanimously approved by the Senate’s Rules Committee on Tuesday.  The bill is scheduled for a vote on Thursday in the House and is

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Springs Landing Tries Bear-Proof Trash Cans (FL)

A homeowners association in Longwood has bought bear proof trash cans for each of its residents. We visit Springs Landing where bear sightings are common, to see how they’re trying to get residents bear wise, and this Thursday they’ll roll

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Tampa subdivision accuses former leadership of lying, falsifying records over recall vote

A Tampa subdivision is accusing its former leadership of lying and falsifying evidence to overturn a recall vote and stay in power, after an expensive arbitration process.  Camden Woods is a subdivision in southeast Tampa with 115 voting homeowners. Records

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Two More Weeks Left in the 2017 Legislative Session; What Bills are Most Likely to Pass?—CALL Alert for April 24, 2017

There are two weeks left in the 2017 Legislative Session—assuming it ends on time. Of the many different community association bills that were filed at the beginning of session, the following four (4) sets of bills are the ones that

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Homeowners president head-stomped by robber in Broward County (FL)

An attempt to quell a noisy group outside his residential complex caused a homeowners association president to suffer a brutal, head-stomping robbery.  Arthur Burns, 61, president of the Villas of Lakeview Homeowners Association, suffered multiple injuries in the Nov. 4

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How can we best terminate our landscape vendor?

Q: We are not happy with our current landscape vendor. We already have bids from various landscape maintenance contractors and want to terminate the current vendor. Any tips?   Read the Q&A………..

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Who’s to pay for car’s damage from steel rod?

Question: I live in an HOA community. At the end of one of the HOA parking spaces is a cement block. Protruding from this block was a rebar spike around 3½ inches in length.  When I backed out my low

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St. Johns County family projects ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag on garage after HOA complaints (FL)

Support for law enforcement officers is now proudly projected on a St. Johns County home.  The house once displayed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag.  “It doesn’t seem to quite be covered that a projector from a vehicle projecting on your

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Condo Q&A: Board controls management company selection

Q: Recently the board of directors of my condominium association voted to terminate our management company’s contract and to hire a new management company. Many of the unit owners liked our former management company and are very upset at this

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How can we stop the display of unapproved political signs?

Q: During the last election cycle, we had a lot of political signs in our neighborhood. Our governing documents provide that no signs are allowed except for sale or rent unless otherwise approved by the board. No one got approval

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Men posing as plumbers rob woman in Pompano Beach condo (FL)

Clair Casale said she was conned Wednesday by two men who showed up at her Pompano Beach condo posing as plumbers.  The men told her they were sent to make repairs.    Read the article……………

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Real estate Q&A: Is it worth suing a rogue condo board president?

Q: I live in a community association where the president of the board is violating several statutory provisions and community rules. When a homeowner brought this up at a board meeting, the president told the audience to deal with it

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Eligibility to Run for Condominium Board Depends on Governing Documents

Question: The wife of an owner (only the husband is on the deed) is running for the Board of our condominium association. Is she eligible to run for the Board? I thought you had to be an owner under Florida

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Grande Pointe residents file suit against DR Horton (FL)

When Chris Smith bought his home in the Grande Pointe neighborhood in Inlet Beach in 2010, he believed he was buying into a neighborhood where all the homes would be a Coastal Cottage architectural style — at least that was

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Condo owners’ assessments for Palm Beach utility project could fall (FL)

Condominiums and homes in multifamily buildings would fare better than single-family homes in a revised method for determining how much property owners would pay for townwide undergrounding of utilities.  The revised assessments were presented to the Town Council last week

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HOA Presidents moves forward with road project despite community outcry (FL)

Despite dozens of complaints from residents at Sabalwood at River Ridge in New Port Richey, residents say the HOA President Brian Tortarelli will move forward with a road resealing project.  “There is no reason to postpone this,” Tortarelli said. “The

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Criminal penalties in proposed condo law spur controversy in Tallahassee (FL)

The Florida condo reform bill is moving forward in the state Legislature, but the controversy between those who are in favor of and those who are against criminalizing certain infractions could intensify in the coming weeks.  The bill, led by

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2 injured in Winter Park condo fire (FL)

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out Tuesday at a Winter Park condominium complex.  The fire broke out on the backside of a second story unit at The Gallery, which is off Aloma Avenue near

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Action 9 goes to work for disabled vet denied a mailbox (FL)

A disabled veteran claims he can’t get mail at a condo he’s renting because the association only allows owners to use the mailboxes. Todd Ulrich asks if the condo association has gone too far and what rights renters have. Every

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Florida Community Association Related Legislative Update 2017

Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session is in full swing. As is our yearly ritual, we have kept a close eye on proposed legislation relating to community associations. As many may recall, all major bills introduced last year affecting community associations fell

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Condo Q&A: Meetings can be adjourned

Q: Our condominium association is having a vote at a special meeting to authorize major improvements to our property, which must be approved by 67 percent of all voters. We have a hard time getting people to vote. We understand

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Community associations are corporations, governed by many laws

Question: Is there any legislative movement to correct the problems caused by Chapter 617, Florida statutues (the Not For Profit Corporation Act) and the statutes that govern condominiums, HOAs, etc.? I refer to the contradictions in organizational structure and governance,

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Deputies: HOA president arrested for threatening men with gun (FL)

An HOA president is facing criminal charges for threatening a father and his son with a gun in an Orange County neighborhood.  The incident comes amid the fallout over the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman said he was acting

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Can condominium association remove palm trees?

Q: Our condo board wants to remove 44 mature foxtail palms that shade the courtyards of our 22 coach home buildings. They claim their roots threaten the sidewalk pavers, but there are low cost solutions to address that concern. The

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Is it worth suing a rogue condo board president?

Q:  I live in a community association where the president of the board is violating several statutory provisions and community rules. When a homeowner brought this up at a board meeting, the president told the audience to deal with it

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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president………Each of the five units has been offered as short-term vacation rentals.

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Convicted Felons Ineligible for Condo Board Service in Florida

Question: My condominium association’s annual meeting is next month. Several of us are concerned because we have been told that one of the individuals running for the board was charged with felony security law violations. While he was apparently never

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Spring Isle Community Association Inc. alleges units have defects (FL)

A community association alleges an Orange County corporation failed to reasonably and adequately plan, develop, design and/or construct a community.  Spring Isle Community Association Inc. filed a complaint on March 2 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida –

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Man alleges Key Colony Homeowners Association failed to pay overtime (FL)

A man alleges he was wrongfully denied overtime pay by his Key Biscayne employer.  Alberto Montes De Oca filed a complaint on March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Key Colony Homeowners Association

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State hears Poinciana APV vote complaint (FL)

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has required a response by the Association of Poinciana Villages, regarding a complaint filed against the homeowner’s association by a resident about February’s voting for its village and master board directors.  But,

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A handle too high: 82-year-old wants a solution to her condo-door problem (FL)

Shirley Deutsch is just trying to get a handle on her situation.  Deutsch and her husband, Gene, have spent winters at The Promenade for nearly 10 years. The 112-unit condominium has been undergoing a $2.6 million remodeling project since July.

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Valet parking squabble pits Alexander Hotel condo association against owner of 40 rooms (FL)

The condo association for the Alexander All Suite Oceanfront Resort is escalating an ongoing legal battle with a company that owns 40 rooms in the Miami Beach condo-hotel.  The Alexander Condominium Association recently sued Soho Realty over control of the

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Gardening in an HOA? Get your legal questions answered (FL)

In 2009, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Legislation (Senate Bill 2080) was passed. This legislation helps to protect a homeowner’s right, for those living in an HOA, to adopt FFL practices. Over the years, some legal issues and HOA disputes have occurred

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Tymber Skan residents feel caught in-between (FL)

Jamall Davis is one of the residents who received notices on their front doors, making them aware of unpaid utility bills. Davis said he and other residents do pay their bills, and they’re not the ones responsible in the dispute.

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Fight about truck with HOA president gets man arrested (FL)

A man upset that a Jupiter homeowners’ association had towed his truck was arrested last week after entering the group president’s home and threatening to retaliate, town police said.  John Whitelock Tellam of Miami faces charges of simple assault and

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As homeowner associations disband, some residents cite decline (FL)

Less than a mile from Orlando’s so-called “restaurant row” on Sand Lake Road stands a community divided.  On one side of Banyan Boulevard are East Bay neighborhood homes with lush green lawns; on the other side are Sand Lake Hills

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HOA may enter into contract with director without membership approval

Question: I believe that there is a conflict of interest between the president of our homeowners’ association and a contract he signed with the board to do maintenance work in the community. The president has his own maintenance business, and

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Can board help with complaint of loud noise?

Q: My neighbor is keeping me up at night with loud talking and video games. He lives above me and the condominium seems disinterested in this nuisance. What can I do?   Read the Q&A…………….

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Condo Q&A: Board responsible for minutes

Q: At the first meeting of the new board of directors of our homeowners’ association, there was concern about approving minutes of the last meeting of the prior board. Because the new members were not on the old board, they

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q:  Can an association sue a member of the association for defaming the board, or can only the individual board member make the claim? What do you suggest an association due to stop harassment from a member of the community,

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Condo association must defend against foreclosure lawsuit

Q: A lender has filed a foreclosure suit against a condominium owner in our complex. The lender also has sued our association. It costs our community money to hire a lawyer, and I don’t see how our association is involved,

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Condos find new way to crack down on owners who secretly rent units (FL)

At least three South Florida condo associations have found a novel way to put the brakes on owners who break the rules.  They are using a parking app to do it.  “We have implemented new technology to combat both Airbnb

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Real estate Q&A: Music hits sour note at condo’s public pool

Q: Our condo pool has a rule stating “no radio playing except when using earphones.” There are people in our condo — actually several board members — who frequently play musical instruments and sing out loud on the pool deck.

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Riverview neighbors upset about abandoned home owned by HOA (FL)

Neighbors in a Riverview neighborhood are raising major concerns about an abandoned home that’s owned by their homeowner’s association.  Neighbors say the property at 13522 Fladgate Mark Drive has been vacant for years, but 4 months ago the South Fork

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Proposed condo law reforms need clarification, attorneys say (FL)

When two condo owners went to the Miami-Dade police department to complain that their signatures had been forged during an election of the board of directors at The Beach Club in Fontainebleau Park, they ran into a wall.  “They took

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Condo buyers at 1010 Brickell file lawsuits to get their deposits back on three units (FL)

There’s some buyer’s remorse swirling around 1010 Brickell.  A man and a woman who put down 50 percent deposits totaling more than $650,000 on three condo units in the 50-floor luxury tower are trying to get out of their deals,

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Thieves Make Off With $168K From Condo Office (FL)

Two thieves wearing white hoodies stole $168,000 in checks and money orders from a condominium property manager’s office.  “Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Kendall District have released video surveillance footage of a commercial burglary at a condominium property management’s

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Florida HOA Boards Must Follow Correct Rule Procedures

Question: Our homeowners’ association documents say that the board can adopt rules, but don’t spell out how to do it. What procedures that must be followed? Can the board adopt a rule at a regular meeting and then enforce it

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Community Association Life: Can owner install camera to monitor his entrance?

Q: Can an owner install a security camera to monitor his entrance area in a condo complex, and can the board approve this as an agenda item?    Read the article……………….

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Killearn developer wins key approval from community (FL)

The nine-hole course at Killearn Country Club known as the Narrows has been a contentious strip of green for several years.  After all the lawsuits and negotiations, the battle over the course may be coming to an end. Killearn Country

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