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HOA asks 23-year-old woman to take down kidney donor car magnet (FL)

A young woman in Florida has a sign that could save her life on her car, but her homeowner’s association is warning her to take it down.  “‘Are you freaking kidding me?!’ I think is what I actually said,” said

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Condo residents worried about financial troubles to possibly result from fire safety bill (FL)

When it comes to condo living, Florida ranks as one of the states with the most buildings per capita in the nation.  Much of that growth has come in the past two decades, but there are thousands of buildings that

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Flooding problems in Manatee County blamed on new construction (FL)

Bob Labranche dripped with sweat Tuesday morning as he ran a shop vac on the floors of his home in the Centre Lake subdivision in Manatee County.  Labranche was in his home Saturday night when the flood water started to

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Sprinklers Staining Walls (FL)

In South Florida, most properties have sprinkler systems — and have you ever noticed some of them have brown spots on the fences or buildings? That’s because of the sprinklers hitting them. But if it’s hitting your condo, can you

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Which rules apply to parking trailers and boats at condominium?

Q: I live in a condominium on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County. When we purchased our condominium, we got a trailer space. There are three (3) boards. Recently, one of the boards decided no more trailers, but boats can

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Board meetings can be held remotely during summer months

Q: Our condominium association is largely empty during the summer months but I continuously receive emails and updates from the board, despite knowing that they are scattered across the country this summer. How can the members attend board meetings if

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Can limited proxy votes by tabulated by HOA board?

Q: HOA environment, limited proxy voting methodology at a special membership meeting to approve special assessment. HOA governing docs do not address this voting situation. Can the Board instruct the property manager to produce during a two-week voting window a

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Snakebite Victim Waits While Insurance Companies Duke it Out in Court (FL)

The legal machinations involving three insurers duking it out in court over Florida premises liability is overshadowing the suffering of a Florida woman who has undergone various amputation procedures involving her lower extremities following a snakebite on the grounds of

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Tampa’s LM Funding America continues to struggle (FL)

Founded by Tampa attorney Bruce Rodgers, LM Funding advances money to homeowners’ associations for the right to collect their delinquent fees. The company’s business model has been controversial, partly because of its close ties to the Business Law Group, a

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2 Lawmakers support Poinciana residents in fight against HOA, developer (FL)

Residents in the Association of Poinciana Villages, a community of about 27,000 homes spanning Polk and Osceola counties, are fighting legal battles with APV and developer AV Homes, commonly referred to as Avatar.   Read the article………….

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Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course (FL)

The community association of the surrounding Villages of Oriole previously voted in support of the golf course redevelopment. The developer promised to build lakes and landscape buffers for the existing homeowners.  “This process was truly a collaborative approach and as

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Ryland Homes accused of breach of warranty, negligence (FL)

A homeowners association is suing the Ryland Group Inc. d/b/a Ryland Homes for alleged breach of warranty and negligence.  Summerport Commercial Property Owners’ Association Inc. filed a complaint on June 28 in the Orange County Circuit Court, alleging that the

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How early is too early to mow your lawn on the weekend?

Could the Westchase Homeowners Association tell residents no lawn mowing or other outdoor house work before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday?  It’s an issue that could go before voting members at its meeting on the second Tuesday in October.

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Residents Trounce Landowner Looking to Redevelop Lauderhill Golf Course (FL)

A victory Wednesday before the Fourth District Court of Appeal means residents will get to keep their golf course views at the Inverrary community in Lauderhill.  But their good news is a blow for the investor who owns the course.

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Condo manager suspected of pocketing building repair money (FL)

A condo manager has been arrested for allegedly pocketing money that was supposed to be used for repair work.  According to officials, condo manager Donovan Staley kept the repair money that was to be used at Admirals Port Condo in

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Deteriorating irrigation lines cause concern in Lakewood Ranch (FL)

Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 supervisors have been asked to help solve a problem regarding algae-clogged irrigation lines, which are deteriorating in the Hollow section of Summerfield.  The accumulating algae stops landscaping systems from working properly and was a

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Westbay pushes Holmes Beach to remove boat canopies (FL)

The board of the Westbay Point & Moorings III condominium association is renewing its call for Holmes Beach to order the removal of two boat canopies used to shelter police and fire rescue boats.  A letter dated Aug. 10 and

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Neighbors may have contributed to July gator attack (FL)

Personal injury attorney Elizete Velado says it’s hard to tell if a lawsuit can be filed over this. But, Witzel could hold the homeowner’s association responsible for this attack if they knew the alligator posed a threat.  “The question and

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New owners are liable for past-due assessments (FL)

Question: Our HOA recently discovered that two houses in our development had closings without receiving estoppels. An attorney handling one closing emailed a request for an estoppel. Our request form was emailed back, along with instructions on how to deliver

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New laws impact community association financial reporting requirements (FL)

Q: My understanding is there are new laws that impact the annual financial reporting requirements for community associations as well as the right to waive these financial reports. Can you explain the changes?      Read the Q&A……………

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Yacht Club at Portofino sues to evict city of Miami Beach over nonpayment for repairs (FL)

A dispute over nearly $900,000 in building repairs, between the condominium association for the Yacht Club at Portofino and the city of Miami Beach, could prevent city residents and visitors from parking cars and using public restrooms at the 34-story

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Separate but equal gyms for men and women probably legally OK

QUESTION: I live in a building with two gyms — one for men and one for women, each with a sauna, shower and toilet facilities. Recently I was informed by the condominium president that federal law requires both gyms to

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Cops: Condo worker stole $20,000 worth of items

When a Singer Island man returned home after a month of traveling, he said he noticed many things missing but no signs anyone forcefully broke into his condo.  Police tracked the man’s gold bracelet engraved with his name on it

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Condominium Sues City Over Cocoa Beach Pier Amusement Rides (FL)

A condominium association has filed a lawsuit against the City of Cocoa Beach for granting a variance to allow amusement park rides installed at the Cocoa Beach Pier.  According to the lawsuit, the City’s grant of the variance was unlawful

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Westgate Resorts sues Orange County over timeshare in dispute with widow (FL)

Timeshare giant Westgate Resorts, mired in a struggle with a widow over her vacation condo, has sued Orange County for permission to open its new high-rise timeshare tower in Orlando’s tourist district.  The seven-story, multimillion-dollar tower looms over the fenced-off

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State investigating Pine Ridge election (FL)

A state agency is conducting a hearing later this month on a man’s complaint that results from the Pine Ridge Property Owners Association spring election should be negated because more than 100 ballots were not counted.   Read the article……………

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Condo Living: Can the board fine me for property violations?

Q: I transferred my home to my revocable trust a few years ago. The Board is trying to fine me for property violations. Can the Board fine me individually when my trust owns the property?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Posting a meeting notice

Q. Our condominium association emailed owners today to give notice of a board meeting that is two days away. Two days’ notice seems way too short. Is there a law that regulates the amount of notice that must be given?

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New term limits for board members applies only to condominiums

Q: I understand there is a new law related to term limits in a condominium. Can you explain it?   Read the Q&A……………

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Yes, condos can likely make rules on leasing units

QUESTION: Our declaration of condominium contains very specific restrictions regarding rentals.  Rental units at any given time will be limited to 20 percent of the total number of units, leases for a period of less than one year are prohibited,

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Oak trees chopped down in Merritt Island neighborhood (FL)

Flat-topped tree stumps marked with pink spray paint now line Old Parsonage Drive, where Brevard County crews chopped down a dozen majestic oak trees.  The tree-cutting operation roiled the New Georgiana Settlement neighborhood. Officials said wayward tree roots were cracking

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Can an HOA require you to keep your grass green? (FL)

Here in Jacksonville, we have a lot of subdivisions. Most of those have a Homeowner’s Association that makes rules to help keep home values intact. Those rules can range from making sure your trash cans aren’t left on the street

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Mysterious odor from Miami condo makes residents sick (FL)

It’s a smell that’s hard to describe and impossible to eliminate. It’s coming from a condo in Miami, and no one can figure out what making the residents sick. What can they do? One suggestion that works: call Help Me

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Poinciana Villages residents claim more collusion, backroom dealing after latest election

Homeowners have long considered the Association of Poinciana Villages’ election process to be a mess. But the situation looks to have gotten a bit messier following the Aug. 1 “redo” election.  Developer Avatar, now AV Homes, was again the big

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q. Our condominium membership petitioned the board to pursue an amendment to the Declaration of Condominium. The board had the amendment language drafted and circulated a proxy to the membership, but the proxy includes witness signature lines. A number of

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HOA board may have right to modify common areas without owner approval

Question: We live in a small (64-unit) townhouse development governed by a five-member board. Each unit has a garage and a 30-foot driveway, and we have a dozen or so guest parking spaces. Our documents do not address parking, and

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Are condo associations required to allocate handicap parking?

Q: Our condominium association’s board of directors is wondering if our condominium association is required to allocate parking spaces for “handicap” persons. What does the condominium rules require relating to a condominium association’s duty to provide handicap parking spaces?   Read

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Arbitrator recuses self in Poinciana HOA dispute

A state arbitrator recused herself on Thursday from a dispute over control of the homeowners association in Poinciana after she filed a Florida Bar complaint against the lawyer representing the association.  Terri Leigh Jones, an arbitrator for the Department of

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In state-ordered election, Poinciana homeowners can’t topple developer (FL)

Despite a state-ordered redo of the vote, Poinciana homeowners again failed to wrest control of one of the state’s largest homeowners associations from the sprawling community’s developers.  As officials worked to count the votes late into the night Tuesday, state

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Southwood resident ordered to remove American flag from mailbox (FL)

There’s a dispute brewing over a patriotic mailbox wrap in Tallahassee. The homeowners association says it’s not allowed.  The Southwood Residential Community Association sent a letter to the veteran who put up the wrap, asking him to remove it or

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Lakewood Ranch HOA hopes to reign in unnecessary irrigation (FL)

All around Steve Ayers’ yard there are hints of what some may consider an obsession with rainfall and irrigation.  In flower beds and under oak trees, yellow cups made for measuring rain dot the landscape. An irrigation pressure reader hides

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Commentary: New Florida law governs condo association websites (FL)

In today’s digital world, the public’s view of an organization frequently comes with the click of a mouse, leading to a website. Thanks to a new bill governing the operations of condominium associations in Florida, these associations must abide by

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US Attorney Announces Settlement with Florida Condominium Complex Over Alleged FHA Reverse Mortgage Fraud

On July 20, 2017, acting United States Attorney Stephen Muldrow announced a civil settlement with the owner of a Florida condominium complex over fraudulent reverse mortgage transactions. Defendant had been accused of violating the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the

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6 Poinciana villages to have new elections Tuesday under new rules (FL)

The Association of Poinciana Villages was forced to hold a second election after February’s results were voided by arbitrator Terri Leigh Jones.

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Are condo associations required to allocate handicap parking?

Q: Our condominium association’s board of directors is wondering if our condominium association is required to allocate parking spaces for “handicap” persons. What does the condominium rules require relating to a condominium association’s duty to provide handicap parking spaces?  

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No standard timeline for turnover from developer (& other questions) (FL)

Q: Our community turned over from developer control roughly six months ago and the board is still trying to wrap up loose ends. Shouldn’t this be done by now?      Read the Q&A……….

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HOA covenants can be preserved by board’s vote

In recent weeks we have discussed some of the new condominium laws, particularly the term limits imposed upon condominium directors. Under the new law, directors cannot serve more than four consecutive two-year terms unless a new term is approved by

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I-Team: Dozens of renters of HOA foreclosure properties evicted amid dispute over title ownership (FL)

In Florida, homeowners’ associations can foreclose on homes when owners don’t pay their dues…sometimes for as little as a few thousand dollars.  Investors who buy the liens get temporary titles and can rent those houses until banks foreclose.  But as

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West Palm tile tussle: Woman, 79, livid over $2,100 ‘maintenance’ fee (FL)

Condo politics can turn a bucolic setting into a bubonic one.  That’s pretty much what happened this week at Portofino, a 10-story building next to Currie Park, in West Palm’s Northwood neighborhood, when 79-year-old Mary Ellen Eykel and several like-minded

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Association wants to fine owners of pickup trucks (FL)

QUESTION: I live in a gated community with homes ranging from $300,000 to $800,000 in value. Our HOA bylaws state that pickup trucks are not allowed to remain in a driveway after daytime working hours. However, several homes have the

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