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Couple charged in Bradenton Beach condo fraud (FL)

A former president and treasurer of Gulf Reach Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach have been charged with defrauding the Florida not-for-profit corporation of more than $50,000 over a six-year period.  Alyson Colosia, 51, and Javier Colosia, 53, who also own

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Cape condo complex’s pool barrier fails inspection again (FL)

The barrier installed around a Cape Coral pool where two children drowned last week failed inspection again.  The city says there was an issue with the new barrier’s main gate.  This comes as officials with the Florida Department of Health

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Broward official acquitted of keying car in homeowner association dispute (FL)

A well-known top official in the Broward Property Appraiser’s Office has been acquitted of a charge that he keyed a car as revenge against the president of a Weston homeowners association where his stepdaughter lives.  The long-running squabble, which revolved

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Judge ends receivership that cost a Miami Gardens condo millions

A Miami-Dade civil court judge put an end to the receivership of a former judge who billed millions to a condominium in Miami Gardens for two years of work.  During a hearing Friday, Judge Jorge Cueto ended the appointment of

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Can association board borrow money without membership OK?

Q: Our condominium is proposing a significant remodeling project and the membership supports the change, but there is disagreement on how to pay for it. The board claims that it can borrow the money from a bank without membership approval

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Changing governing documents generally requires homeowner approval

Q: My homeowners’ association is about 12 years old and we are considering doing a complete rewrite of our governing documents. Some members of the board have stated that we cannot replace our governing documents, but only amend them. Is

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Can a golfer be held liable for errant golf ball damage?

Q: My home is near the tee box of the first hole of a local golf course. Periodically (but very infrequently) an errant golf ball strikes my house. Two weeks ago a particularly bad golfer sent a golf ball right

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Eight months after Hurricane Matthew toxic mold discovered at the Ormond Heritage condos (FL)

The Ormond Heritage’s claim to fame has always been that it sits on the land where the Ormond Hotel, built by John Anderson at 1 John Anderson Drive, once stood.  The 156-unit condominium was damaged during Hurricane Matthew nearly eight

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Condo building’s insurance policy may not cover individual units

Q:  With hurricane season right around the corner, I am concerned about insurance for my beachfront condo. Who is responsible for fixing or replacing the building? And if my unit did get damaged, would I still have to pay the

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HOA fines traffic offenders; videotapes residents (FL)

Charles Rivers and Rachael Bagby both say their homeowners’ association fined them for rolling through a stop sign.  “I admit it, I ran the stop sign,” said Bagby. “I’m not perfect, I’m human.”  “You know at the end of the

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Flames tear through West Orlando condo building (FL)

Flames ripped through a West Orlando condo building on Thursday, leaving families without a home.  The fire broke out at the Pine Shadows Condominiums on Pinebark Avenue, just off South Kirkman Road.  The flames did the most damage on the

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Condo association, owner at odds over Heritage Inn condition (FL)

The situation at the Heritage Park Inn on East U.S. Highway 192 turned into a “he said, she said” matter between the owner and the condo management association this week.  At a Osceola County Code Enforcement Board meeting Wednesday, officials

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Altamonte Springs renters living in moldy condo offered new unit after Channel 9 report (FL)

Renters in an Altamonte Springs apartment said they have been living in deteriorating conditions for a nearly a year, and management refused to help until they turned to Channel 9 to get answers.  Gilretta and Felice Mathieu said they’ve been

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9 Investigates: Plan may be in the works to fix troubled Tymberskan complex (FL)

9 Investigates uncovered a potential plan to turn around one of Central Florida’s condominium complexes, days after residents there faced the threat of having their water shut off again.  The homeowners association manager for Section 2 inside Tymberskan said she’s

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He charged $525 per hour to save their condo. But two years later, problems persist (FL)

They welcomed him with open arms, because they thought he was their salvation.  In March of 2015, a judge assigned a professional to rescue a 310-unit condominium in Miami Gardens, at the request of lawyers for Miami-Dade County. The “receiver”

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Topsail condo fire leaves three displaced (FL)

No one was injured in a condo fire at the beach this week.  The three-story Topsail Reef condo building, located at 2182 New River Inlet Road in N. Topsail Beach, caught fire around 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Carin Faulkner, North

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Hollywood Police investigating after condo board member gets threatening, racist letter (FL)

Condo disputes in South Florida are nothing new. But in one community, it has gotten personal — and racist. 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report – “Guilt by Association?”  For 40 years, Gloria Davis worked long hours as

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Pair of siblings drown in pool at Cape Coral condo complex (FL)

Two children drowned in a pool at a Cape Coral condo complex late Monday night, according to an incident report obtained by ABC7.  It happened at the Aurora Townhouse Condos located at 1330 SW 47th Terrace just before 10:30 p.m.

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Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees (FL)

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow owes about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, according to a lawsuit filed against him in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.  The homeowner’s association could foreclose on its claim of lien on the house if the

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Clearwater attorney disbarred for misappropriating funds (FL)

Nicole Mae Frost, an attorney from Clearwater, has been disbarred by the Supreme Court of Florida after an investigation found the attorney culpable in mishandling and misappropriating client funds in two matters.  In both matters, Frost was the representative for

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Lyons: Condo owner can’t take a side in this eviction dispute

Some people might assume I’m an easy sell when residents have a gripe about a condo board or homeowners association allegedly run amok.  I admit that I have enjoyed writing now and again about an HOA or condo board accused

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Multiple agencies plan for shut down of troubled Heritage Park Inn

Multiple agencies are planning to shut down the Heritage Park Inn near Kissimmee and help relocate residents from the troubled condos, according to an email from the deputy county manager.  According to the email, officials with the county—including the Florida

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How do proxies work with condo association votes?

Q: Our condominium association is trying to amend some of the use restrictions in the declaration of condominium. A disruptive owner is going door to door and asking for proxies and telling owners to “trust his judgment” and asking the

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Can bylaws allow board of directors to pass amendments?

Q: Our bylaws provide that the amendments can be passed by a majority of the board of directors. I was always told the membership needs to vote to amend governing documents. Is this valid?   Read the Q&A…………..

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Man alleges condo was damaged by flood caused by association employees (FL)

A condo owner alleges his residence was flooded because of negligence in the operation of a water line.  Andrew M. Masciarella filed a complaint on April 21 in the Broward Circuit Court against Deerfield Beach House Condominium Association Inc. alleging

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Condo fire displaces 4 families in St. Pete (FL)

At least four families are displaced after an overnight fire in Saint Petersburg.  Flames raced through the Enclave condo complex on North Martin Luther King Street just before 11 Thursday night.  Fire crews responded to a 2-alarm fire and multiple

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Action 9 gets results for SUV owner and disabled vet denied a mailbox (FL)

A disabled veteran who called Action 9 after a condo association refused to let him receive mail, now has a mailbox after a local congressman saw Todd Ulrich’s first story and got involved.    In Kissimmee, an Action 9 story

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Troubled condos near Kissimmee to kick out residents, shut off power (FL)

People who live at The Heritage Park Inn near Kissimmee will have to find somewhere else to live.  The condo association posted a flyer on the front door Thursday night that said the power will be shut off after Friday

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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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Residents angry no asbestos assessment was done before renovations at condo building (FL)

Residents near a condominium complex are concerned the white powdery dust from a roof repair is toxic.  “My arguing about it, me being upset about it, my telling somebody is not going to prevent it from going on,” Keith Pinder

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PropLogix Wins Suit Against Condominium Association

PropLogix was granted a default judgment in a suit filed against a Kissimmee condominium association after the association failed to appear in court. (Case no. 2016 SC 4316)  In December, PropLogix sued Villas of Emerald Lake Condominium Association, Inc. in

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Florida Condo Board May Have Authority to Approve Changes to Common Areas

Question: Recently, my condominium association installed a bike rack and bench on the property. Following the installation, I questioned the board whether these changes should have been approved by 75% of all unit owners. In response, the board stated that

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Colony developer and neighboring residents agree on plan for the property (FL)

When the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort was in its 1970s heyday, Aquarius resident Frank Morneau remembers coming and going through a private entrance between the two properties to buy a morning paper or visit the dining areas. His children

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3-legged rescue dog saves owner from condo fire (FL)

Buddy the dog only has three legs, but this rescue pup is 100-percent hero. On Tuesday he used his only front paw to wake his owner as their condo filled with smoke from a two-alarm fire.  Dominic Baccus says his

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8 Condos Damaged In 2-Alarm Brandon Fire (FL)

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is investigating an early Tuesday morning blaze that left eight homes in The Hamptons condominium complex damaged.  According to the agency, fire crews were called to the 500 block of Golden Raintree Place around 2:10 a.m.

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Woman, 68, tossed into pool when she tries to break up party, teen arrested (FL)

Nancy James was just trying to break up a loud outdoor party at her apartment complex when one of the party-goers picked up the 68-year-old woman and tossed her into the pool.     Read the article……………..

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Agreement keeps the water running for Tymber Skan residents (FL)

The water will stay turned on for residents of the beleaguered Tymber Skan community following an agreement with the Orlando Utilities Commission.  Monday had been the deadline for the neighborhood, located off South Texas Avenue near The Mall at Millenia,

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What legal action can be taken against board members, property manager violating the rules? (FL)

Q: I own a townhouse in an 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 and not

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Condo Q&A: Can board authorize changes?

Q: Recently, my condominium association installed a bike rack and bench on the property. Following the installation, I questioned the board whether these changes should have been approved by 75 percent of all unit owners. In response, the board stated

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Company Helps Condos Crack Down On Illegal Renters (FL)

For as long as condo associations have existed there have been issues with parking, rentals and people breaking rules.  It is a constant struggle for property managers. That is until now. A software engineer may have stumbled upon a foolproof

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Extra fees limited in condos; not in HOAs (FL)

We often get asked by board members, officers and managers of community associations whether their association can charge a capital contribution fee to new owners or charge a fee for processing unit sales and lease applications.  The laws pertaining to

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Manatee teacher steals $134,000 from condo association

A Manatee High School teacher is under investigation and facing charges of stealing from a condo association.  Alyson Colosia faces a scheme to defraud charge. Bradenton Beach Police say she and Javier Colosia served as president and treasurer of the

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HOAs and pitbulls as therapy dogs

QUESTION: I live in an HOA, and our board has not been enforcing the provision of our declaration that prohibits pit bulls. On one occasion the board allowed a pit bull because the owner produced an “emotional support animal” certificate.

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Innlet condo association sues Dream Finders to stop construction (FL)

The Innlet at Ponte Vedra Condominium Association has filed a lawsuit against Dream Finders Homes, asking the court to force the developer to halt construction of a 21-home subdivision adjacent to the condos until the company abides by terms of

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Stars and gripes flying in this neighborhood flag dispute (FL)

In his mind, Warren Erickson saw his collection of flags as an invitation to conversation and goodwill. Instead, a handful of neighbors are angry, his homeowner’s association is firing off new edicts and most of his flags have been permanently

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University Place residents worried for water (FL)

The future of one of University Place’s largest ponds remains mucky as it battles drought conditions and a failed water well.  The well in Pond 14 has collapsed and can’t refill the pond, which provides irrigation water to a section

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q. I live in a gated community that has a golf course. The homeowners association (HOA) and the golf course are separate entities. As a member of the HOA, I am not required to be a member of the golf

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Orlando murder victim’s family sues Uptown Place condos, lock company (FL)

The parents of a 27-year-old Orlando woman, who police said was killed in her condo in 2015 by the complex security guard, is suing Uptown Place Condominiums, the company that made the lock on the victim’s door and the security

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Bad condo boards beware: Legislature passes new laws unanimously (FL)

The Florida Senate on Monday gave unanimous and final approval to a bill that imposes criminal penalties on condominium violations such as electoral fraud, theft of funds and conflicts of interests — all significant problems in Miami-Dade County.  The 37-0

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West Palm Beach authorities investigating suspicious fires at downtown condo building

City authorities are investigating a string of suspicious fires that have occurred in a 24-hour period at a downtown apartment building, a West Palm Beach Fire Rescue official said Monday night.  Fire crews responded shortly before 9:30 to a car

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