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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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Deerfield Beach Kosher or Not Kosher Condo Elevator, Pool Praying Pits Jews Against Neighbors! (FL)

In a story Deerfield-News.com broke a few weeks ago regarding Jews praying at The Pool Shul.The saga continues in The Berkshire section of Century village East,Deerfields largest condo community.Now it is not just the “Be true To Your Shul By

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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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Can board deny a request not prohibited in governing documents?

Q: I want to paint my home to a modern shade of white and the homeowners association has denied my request, citing it would not be “harmonious” with surrounding homes. My proposed color is not prohibited in any document or

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Florida bills target HOA election policies, disputes

Poinciana residents who are in disagreement with their homeowners association are rooting for two Florida house bills that have just been filed.  Amanda Geltz has lived in Poinciana for more than a decade. She’s one of the many residents in

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“Stormwater is expensive. Get over it.” (FL)

It’s time to face reality. That was Charlie Eck’s advice to beach residents who attended the second meeting of the Estero Island Taxpayers Association Tuesday night, Jan. 10.  EITA executive director Bev Milligan assembled a meeting to “demystify” stormwater and

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Florida Associations Should Consider Amending Rental Provisions Now—CALL Alert for January 13, 2017

As we start the New Year and the 2017 legislative session, community associations should be reviewing their current rental provisions and deciding whether to propose any amendments to address minimum rental terms. If your association has a problem with short

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Attorney advises communities on support animals (FL)

Attorney Joshua Gerstin recently provided Alliance of Delray Residential Associations members with advice on medically necessary pets, making decisions through emails and governing documents, topics that community board of directors will face this year.  “A growing number of advocates feel

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Homeowner Chided for Threatening WCA Board and Staff (FL)

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy attended the Jan. 12 meeting of the WCA Board after a resident, appealing a fine, threatened board members prior to the session.  Opening the meeting, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors unanimously appointed West Park Village

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Condo Q & A: Websites not legally required for Associations

Q: My condominium association has a website and does send out some information by e-mail. However, the manager will not post or e-mail draft meeting minutes until they are approved, as she has stated that doing so is prohibited by

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Condominium Association Life: How can board implement electronic voting?

Q. I am the president of my association. The board would like to increase voter participation at our annual election meeting. How do we implement electronic voting?    Read the Q&A…………….

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Be True To Your Shul by “The Pool Praying” Continues At Deerfield Beach Condo Pool!

In a bit right from the late great radio legend Nell Rogers. Rogers amongst many funny comedy routines and bits had a song ‘Be true to your Shul” he played frequently.Here in Deerfield Beach Century Village East a controversy about

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Quadriplegic resident may be entitled to bypass rules

Question: My husband and I, and our 38-year-old quadriplegic daughter, live in a condominium single-family home park. For years, we have been bringing a cargo trailer with us to house our daughter’s medical equipment, as well as to store most

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What are pooled reserves and how do we implement them?

Q: I am a new director on my condominium association board. At a recent board meeting, there was a discussion about switching to “pooled” reserves. What are pooled reserves and what does the association have to do to implement pooled

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Naples Police say distraction burglars are targeting condo residents (FL)

“Their story was, they wanted to check to see if there was any sewage in our water system,” said 91-year-old Jack Thomas, who told Fox 4 that his wife let the burglars in while they posed as plumbers.  They said

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Windermere Country Club owner files lawsuit against Orange County (FL)

Unhappy with Orange County commissioners’ unanimous decision to deny him the development rights to a 155-acre plat on his property, the owner of the Windermere Country Club Golf Course is trying – again – to obtain the right to develop

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Is vulture abatement right pick? (FL)

The Greenfield Plantation Homeowners Association has hired the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services to control hundreds of vultures that roost within the community. The USDA cannot kill the migratory birds, so its goal is to

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About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q. I live in a homeowners association (HOA) and I have two questions concerning me: (1) What is the board supposed to do when there is a surplus of funds at the end of the fiscal year and (2) Do

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Condo Q&A: Some owner information is public record

Q: I recently purchased a condominium unit. There is a board posted next to the elevator to my unit that contains the names of all unit owners and their unit numbers. Is the association authorized to do this?   Read the

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Condominium Association Life: What are rules for closed meetings?

Q: I am a director in a condominium and was recently asked to approve a contract that had been negotiated without my knowledge or without notice being given. The contract was for the general maintenance and management of the building.

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Associations should send out proxies every year

Question: We are having an annual meeting soon and don’t need an election, and don’t have anything on the agenda for the owners to vote on. Do we still need to send out proxies?    Read the Q&A…………

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Can I serve on the board if my name is not on the deed?

Q: My wife and I took title to our condominium unit in my wife’s name for estate planning purposes based on our estate planning attorney’s advice. Now the board is telling me that I am not eligible to serve on

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Harbour House condo owner feels bullied by her HOA (FL)

The day after Christmas last year, Karen Durrett’s life changed when her dream home became a flooded mess.  “It’s been a nightmare,” Karen told ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan.  Karen came home from work to find a major flood

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Widow sues Westgate over last-standing condo fight (FL)

The family of a widow who owns the last standing condo in a development owned by Westgate Resorts has sued the timeshare giant, the latest twist in a long-running saga over her small vacation home.  The family had no choice,

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HOA worker charged with $94,000 theft from West Palm community (FL)

The bookkeeper for a suburban West Palm Beach homeowners association has been arrested for allegedly using nearly $95,000 of the association’s money for personal expenses.  Kristine K. Moore, 36, of West Palm Beach, was charged Dec. 29 with larceny and

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Owner sues over denial to develop Windermere golf course into 95 homes (FL)

The owner of the Windermere Country Club has sued to overturn a county decision that thwarted his plan to turn the shuttered golf course into a 95-home neighborhood.  The challenge, filed last month in circuit court, asks for an order

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Condo Terminations Expected to Rise as Developers Look to Older Buildings (FL)

South Florida’s aging condominium stock, especially buildings sitting on oceanfront land, is ripe for glitzy redevelopment as developers push to expand a skyline where little to no prime, undeveloped land remains.  Real estate lawyers who specialize in condo terminations reported

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Sarasota senator wants state to bar short-term rental property restrictions (FL)

City and county governments would no longer be able to stop homeowners from renting their homes for less than a month or even just a week, under legislation a Sarasota Republican has filed.  Read the article…………..

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Florida Condominium Residents Should Leave Contractors Alone

Question: I live in a condominium association and there has been discussion concerning who has the authority to direct the association’s contractors and vendors, including the landscapers. We feel that because we pay for these services, these individuals work for

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Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Walton County (by HOA’s) (FL)

Filed on Dec. 11 was a lawsuit brought by the Greater Driftwood Estates Homeowners Association and individual parties owning property within the Driftwood Estates Part I subdivision. Defendants include Walton County, the Walton County Board of County commissioners (BCC), two

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Can the HOA board force owner to clean garage door?

Q: Our homeowner’s association governing documents provide that owners are responsible to maintain, repair and replace the garage doors. I received a letter from the HOA demanding that I pressure wash the door because it is dirty. In my opinion,

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Each owner is responsible for complying with HOA covenants and rules

Q:  I live in a housing for older persons HOA community. When I moved here three years ago, I hired a landscaper to expand my walkway and to enhance the beauty of my property. She never did disclose to me

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Secondhand Smoke on Condominium Lanai: What are my Rights?

Question: I just read the question you answered in one of your prior columns about a man wanting to smoke cigars in the common area of his condominium complex. You said that “the ill-health effects of secondhand smoke are well

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Condominium Association Must Repair Air Conditioning Lightning Damage

Question: Recently, the outdoor air conditioning unit servicing my condominium unit was struck by lightning. I turned the claim into my insurance policy. My insurance carrier denied the claim stating that it does not insure the air conditioning unit, and

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Condo owners in Tampa’s The Slade At Channelside battle to keep it from going all rental (FL)

Built in what could become one of Tampa Bay’s most dynamic neighborhoods, The Slade At Channelside condominiums boast an eclectic mix of unit owners.  But they are fighting what could be a losing battle to keep their homes.   Read the

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Overnight condo fire sends 2 people to hospital (FL)

An overnight apartment fire in suburban West Palm Beach sent two people to the hospital Thursday.  Neighbors said the fire occurred around 2 a.m. at the Abbey Park Gardens Condominium located just off of Forest Hill Boulevard.    Read the

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Golden Gate golf course where homes proposed will reopen for season (FL)

The course has been closed since last spring, a few months after owner Robert Vocisano petitioned the county to change the course’s zoning to allow him to tear it out and build as many as 700 units of homes, apartments

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Residents want massive hole fixed immediately (FL)

Residents at Bonaire Village Condos in Delray Beach couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the ground near the sidewalk suddenly give in.  “Out of nowhere it just dropped down about 10 feet,” said resident Ray Hoeppner.  Officials with the

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Crane Creek residents forced to use ‘guest’ lane to get through security gate, lose resident access (FL)

Some residents of one gated Martin County neighborhood are angry about losing a lane of access to their homes.  Crane Creek residents, will lose access to the resident’s only lane starting Tuesday. They will have to use the guest lane.

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Condo Q&A: Lightning damage to air conditioner covered

Q: Recently, the outdoor air conditioning unit servicing my condominium unit was struck by lightning. I turned the claim into my insurance policy. My insurance carrier denied the claim stating that it does not insure the air conditioning unit, and

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How binding are online surveys for feedback?

Q: Our board of directors is trying to improve on its use of technology. The bBoard recently circulated an online survey to ask whether the membership approved of certain changes to the common elements, including the lobby and the monument

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Who is responsible for enforcing rule violations?

Q: A column a few weeks ago stated that a board cannot refuse to enforce rules. I have asked our property manager why the board or someone they assign does not routinely walk around the community to make sure a

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Condo board can change rules without amending covenants

Question: I read your recent column, which answered a question about whether a board can implement rules and regulations without resident consent. My question is similar: our covenants state that owners can have two pets, either one dog and one

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Sarasota condo owner threatened with eviction

Q: I live in Sarasota and have owned my condo since 2003. I’ve had quite a number of issues with the manager of the building. The manager is telling me that they can evict me if they want to. Is

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Can HOA use minimum credit score to weed out potential buyers?

Q: I am trying to sell my house and just found out that our homeowners’ association will not approve a buyer who doesn’t have a credit score of at least 750. Is this legal? –  Read the Q&A……………

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Golf course owners, HOA committee reach proposed agreement (FL)

Forty acres of The Oak Bridge Club golf course would be sold in exchange for a deed restriction that would guarantee the remaining golf course stays undeveloped for recreational purposes until 2057 under terms of a proposed agreement reached between

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Condo board taking too long to fix cluster mailboxes

Q: I live in a condominium, and our cluster mailboxes have been broken since August. I have to go to the local post office to get my mail, as do all of the other residents, and sometimes I wait in

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