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HOA can’t ban solar panels

Q: I live in a community with a homeowner’s association and want to put some solar panels on my roof to be more energy-efficient. Our board members aren’t letting me because they say it would violate the rules about how

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Investment of Condominium Association Funds Warrants Caution

Question: I am a member of my condominium association’s board of directors. Recently, we were discussing how the association’s reserve funds should be invested. Historically, we have kept the association reserve funds in savings accounts and CDs, which are fully

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Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price (FL)

When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he’d pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.  But when he got his tax bill that

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Rep. Gwen Graham denounces hate crimes; volunteers respond to Killearn Lakes incident (FL)

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham Wednesday urged the country to speak out against the occurrences of racial, gender and religious intimidation that has been reported across the country.  Speaking on the House floor, Graham referred to a Tallahassee Democrat report Monday

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Homeowners lose 18-year battle for Naples Estates (FL)

The homeowners association of Naples Estates has lost its 18-year battle to buy their mobile home park.  The Second District Court of Appeals has upheld a decision from a lower court to toss out the case — the longest ongoing

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One month later, Palm Cove residents still unsure of future (FL)

More than a month after the Palm Cove of Bradenton Condominium Association was terminated, residents who bought what they thought would be their forever retirement homes are still uncertain of where they will end up.  “We don’t know when we

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Fire rips through College Park condos (FL)

More than a dozen people were forced from their homes when a fire broke out at a condo complex in College Park.    Read the article………….

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“KKK” vandalism on Killearn Lakes office prompts investigation

Killearn Lakes Plantation resident Jeff Caster first heard Friday of vandals using paint to smear the front entrance of the building housing the association.  Then, on Sunday, he received a shocking photo showing “KKK” scrawled on the side entrance of

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Man Concerned About Parking Citation Issued by HOA (FL)

Southport man is concerned about a parking ticket he found on his vehicle during a recent visit to South Walton.  “When you look at the wording, they try to word it in a way to make it look like it

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Condominium Association Life: Response required if issue already addressed? (FL)

Q: I am on the board of directors for a homeowners association. We received a certified letter from an owner demanding an answer to a very long and complicated question that we have discussed time and time again at board

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How can we get a detailed financial report at board meetings?

Q: The board of directors in my homeowners association (HOA) 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 that we can get

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Conservative approach best when it comes to association’s funds

Q: I am a member of my condominium association’s board of directors. Recently, we were discussing how the association’s reserve funds should be invested. Historically, we have kept the association reserve funds in savings accounts and CDs, which are fully

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Cape HOA pays extra after company fails to pay bill (FL)

An ongoing Call for Action investigation has found another person claiming Goldy Krekic of Cape Coral-based Croat Pavers did not follow through on a job.  Jerry Dout, president of the Rubicon Condo Association in Cape Coral, recently reached out to

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Every director has the right to vote at board meetings

Question: Which board members have the voting authority in a condominium association?    Read the Q&A………..

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Can HOA ban campaigning or campaign signs? (FL)

Q: Our homeowner’s association has a rule prohibiting soliciting. When candidates tried to campaign in our community for the recent elections, they were told they were not allowed to do so. Doesn’t free speech trump (pardon the pun) this HOA

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Tenant sues association over high fees (FL)

A tenant is suing a Miami condo association over its excessive application and move-in fees, saying they violate state law.  The lawsuit is the first of several class-actions that attorneys say they plan to file against condo associations over high

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Difference between electronic voting and electronic notice

Q: The board of directors of my homeowners’ association recently adopted a rule allowing owners to vote through use of an internet site. I signed a form saying that I wanted to vote on the internet. The board then decided

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Are social event expenses a proper expense?

Q: My condominium association holds an annual holiday party at a nearby restaurant. The association pays for everything, including the banquet hall, food and refreshments, by using common funds. Is this a proper common expense?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Ritz-Carlton Sunny Isles largely wins in appellate ruling: views preserved (FL)

In a case pitting the Tropicana Condominium Association against the developers of the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles Beach, an appellate court largely sided with the developers.  The court ruled to limit the reach of a state law that allows

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Menorah-lighting ceremony back on after disagreement with PSL Tradition community (FL)

A large private homeowner’s association changed its holiday Hanukah menorah-lighting cancellation.  Now Tradition property managers will allow a menorah lighting to continue after coming to a compromise with local rabbis.  Protests from those all over our area showed up on

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Polk Co. HOA asks parents to keep kids quiet outside (FL)

Neighbors in Poinciana say they feel unfairly targeted by a letter asking parents to keep their children’s noise to a minimum while they play outside during the day.  The Tuscany Preserve homeowner’s association posted the letter on select homes inside

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Is one of Tampa Bay’s premier condo towers sinking? (FL)

The Plaza condo association is embroiled in a lawsuit alleging that the 20-story, 144-unit tower built in 2007 is plagued with problems. Among them: exterior cracking that is the result of “significant subsidence concerns and structural design deficiencies.”  Geotechnical investigations

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Mold, Leaks, and Structural Problems Plague Homes in Disney-Built Town of Celebration, Florida

It doesn’t look like there’s much to celebrate, in Celebration, Florida.  The Walt Disney Co.–built town, which opened in 1996 and sits in an 11-square-mile enclave near the Magic Kingdom, was designed to be a modern-day suburban Utopia. But a

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Condo Association Must Make Records Available Within Five Working Days of Written Request

Question: In a recent article, you stated that the Florida Condominium Act requires associations to make records available within 5 working days of a written request. However, I thought that the Association has 10 working days to provide access to

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PBSO employee and husband accused of fraud, grand theft from HOA (FL)

A husband and wife from Lake Worth, who are former leaders of the Lantana Homes Homeowner’s Association, are accused of using HOA money for their personal bills.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Darlene Jeannette Cox and her husband

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Ask an expert: About your condo, HOA rules

Q: I have heard a lot of different opinions on whether my condominium association must opt out of the requirement to retro fit a condominium building with a fire sprinkler system by Dec. 31. Can you please explain this issue?

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Fiercely Fought Condo Fight Postponed Until Next Spring

Homeowners who have fiercely fought against developers building a two-tower condominium project on a private island in Aventura must now wait until April to have their case heard in court.  Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley agreed to delay a trial

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President of HOA in old ‘Morse neighborhood’ would like to transfer road deed back to The Villages (FL)

The Amenity Authority Committee has been asked by the Homeowners Association of Hickory Head Hammock that ownership of a road deeded to the homeowners be transferred back to The Villages.  According to Paul Schraff, the resident appointed as president of

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Joe Adams: Condo board must act on petition

Q: I am the president of my homeowners’ association and recently the board voted to proceed with a construction project within the community. Shortly after the vote, the association received a petition signed by a number of owners asking the

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How much can an association charge for an application? (FL)

Q: I have an investment condominium and the new management company charges $200 for an application. I thought $100 was the max allowable? Any info is appreciated thank you.   Read the Q&A………….

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Ask a Real Estate Pro: HOA can’t ban firearms in homes (FL)

Q: Some of the board members in our community are considering a rule that no firearms can be kept anywhere on the grounds, including in our own homes. Can they do this?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Miami Beach puts off new rules for Airbnb rentals until December (FL)

If a property is within the zones where short-term rentals are allowed, owners would be required to submit a sworn affidavit to the city that the home or condo has obtained the appropriate business tax receipt and resort tax registration

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Joe Adams: Condo directors must stand for reelection

Q: The annual meeting for our condominium association is scheduled for the end of November. Directors serve two-year staggered terms. We have a five-person board and three seats are up for election this year. Only one notice of intent was

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Arson suspected overnight at troubled Tymberskan condos (FL)

Firefighters spent several hours Thursday morning fighting a blaze at a condo in the embattled Tymberskan community and officials said they believe it may have been set on purpose.  Emergency personnel responded to the fire at about 3 a.m. and

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Bonita Springs mother evicted despite paying full rent (FL)

Confusion over the ownership of a Bonita Springs condo led to the sudden eviction of the mother who had just given birth to premature twins.  Michelle Turner said U.S. marshals knocked on her door without warning to serve her an

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North Carillon Beach condo association files new suit against Z Capital Partners

The North Carillon Beach Condominium Association has filed a new lawsuit against the building’s owner Z Capital Partners for alleged fraud and mismanagement, following the federal bankruptcy court in New York’s decision to reopen the project’s Chapter 11 case.  The

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Osceola County works to improve troubled condo complex (FL)

Osceola County is taking steps to improve a troubled condo complex.  The county has ordered the owners of Lexin to attend a Code Enforcement and Nuisance abatement board meeting to explain what immediate improvements they’ll be making.  “It was about

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Condominium Association Life: When should notices be mailed instead of sent digitally?

Q: Under what circumstances are owners entitled to receive regular mail notices, and is the association allowed to save postage expenses by emailing the notice to these owners?    Read the Q&A……………

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HOA directors ‘hold over’ until new ones are elected (FL)

Question: I live in an HOA community with approximately 500 homes. A few weeks ago we held our annual meeting to elect two board members. Our board consists of seven members, of which two members’ terms were expiring. There were

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Ex-official who stole from Tamarac homeowners association gets prison sentence (FL)

A former homeowners association president in Tamarac has been sentenced to prison for embezzling more than $180,000 from her community.  Court records show that Michelle Changar-Coe, 46, changed her plea to guilty on a grand theft charge and was sentenced

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Hammocks Community Association Employees Charged In Thefts (FL)

Hammocks Community Association (HCA) employee Angie Rose Lantigua and former employee Leslie Navarro have both been charged after an investigation revealed that they had diverted $148,050.17 of HCA funds into accounts that they personally controlled. Angie Rose Lantigua was employed

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Jade Beach condo association sues Fortune over damages from Jade Signature (FL)

Gil Dezer isn’t the only Sunny Isles Beach developer having a hard time getting along with his neighbors.  Fortune International Group was just sued by the condo association for Jade Beach, a tower it built in 2008, over alleged construction

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Beach condo owners prepare tax lawsuits (FL)

Hundreds of Pensacola Beach condominium owners plan to file tax lawsuits against the county before the end of November.  In the lawsuits, the condominium owners will challenge a decision by Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones not to apply a

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Condominium Association Life: Who is responsible for clogged drain lane?

Q: I live in a coach home where two units share a common wall and the air condensate drain line is inside the common wall. When it clogs, my unit sustains water damage. When there is a common wall situation,

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Balcony grills still a burning issue (FL)

Q: In your February 10, 2016 blog post, you stated that electric grills are no longer permitted to be used or stored on condominium balconies. I consulted with our local fire marshal who issued a letter that says that only

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What does it mean when reserves are fully funded?

Q: Our condominium board is adopting a budget next month and they claim reserves are fully funded, but there is clearly not enough funds in some of the categories to replace the component. What does “fully funded” mean?    

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South Beach Condo Association Sues Miami Beach Over Ocean Drive “Strip Club”

This summer, when rumors began to spread that a new King of Diamonds strip club would open on South Beach’s Ocean Drive, rapper Akinyele Adams fought back hard.  The former KOD owner insisted his new venture — which the current

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‘Condo crime family’ pleads guilty to felonies Trio must surrender HOA-management licenses (FL)

After nearly 20 years and more than 30 complaints to the state with allegations ranging from rigging elections to stealing funds, the so-called “condo crime family” has finally been stopped.  Married couple Robert and Rachel Dugger, and daughter Rachel Badilla,

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Losing ‘resident’ access through security gate (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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$10.1 Million Settlement in Negligent Security Case Involving Father Paralyzed in Shooting (FL)

The homeowners association, property manager, and other related entities at a Miami townhome community have agreed to pay more than $10 million dollars to 22-year-old Bryan Perez and his infant son to settle a negligent security lawsuit.  On August 18th

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