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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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Condo Q&A: Correct rule procedures mandatory

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

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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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Miami Beach condo buyer sues seller and broker over alleged Airbnb misrepresentations

Bahamian investor Martina Abosi wanted to get in on the Airbnb action in Miami Beach to help fund her retirement, so she set out to find a condo in areas of the city where short-term rentals are allowed.  Instead, Abosi

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Riverview couple may get reprieve from foreclosure over $150 association fee (FL)

A Riverview family on the brink of losing their home for failing to pay a $150 homeowners association fee has been offered an 11th hour chance at mediation following news coverage of their plight.  Tampa property rights attorney Ryan Torrens,

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Man cooking turkey in charcoal pit accuses HOA board member of assault (FL)

A man who had dug a pit, filled it with charcoal and was cooking turkey next to the pool at a development in the 400 block of Ocean Trail said he was attacked by another resident. He claimed the man,

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Boats Block View (FL)

They bought their condos for a water view. Now their view is blocked by 100-foot yachts after their condo board rented out the resident’s dock space. Legally, can a board take away their residents waterfront views? It’s why they called

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Florida HOA Board 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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Proposed Estoppel Bill 398 – Unfair And Inequitable To Community Associations (FL)

Senate Bill 398 (“SB 398” or “Bill”) sponsored by Senator Passidomo is making its way through the Florida legislature and is a step closer to being passed into law. This Bill puts the needs of Florida’s community associations behind that

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Condo Q&A: Fining procedures confound board

Q: Our association tried to fine an owner who violated our rules, but decided the process was too complicated. Can you provide a step-by-step outline of how fines are issued and collected?    Read the Q&A……………

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Stinky seaweed befouls Palm Bay neighborhood (FL)

Gene Cate once fished a crystal-clear seagrass bed near the dock at Castaway Shores.  These days, stringy, rancid seaweed carpets the banks of the Indian River Lagoon along the condo’s cove-shaped shoreline.  Looks like, smells like — you know what.

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Can directors on condo board exclude a director?

Q: I am on my condominium board and find myself on the losing side of most issues. The other directors routinely vote as a block and we generally disagree. I am not included on any emails. Can the other directors

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Morning or evening, board decides when to hold meetings

Question: In the past, our HOA would hold open “workshop” meetings to discuss issues within the community. These are held in the afternoons, usually once a month. The board would encourage homeowners to attend these meetings and voice their opinions,

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Miami-Dade-backed condo law reforms advance in Legislature (FL)

A plan from Miami-Dade lawmakers to penalize fraud and abuse in condominium associations earned unanimous initial approval in House and Senate committees this week.  The bills, most notably, impose new criminal penalties for falsifying association documents, committing fraud in association

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Miami-Dade-backed legislation cracking down on ‘rogue’ condo associations advances (FL)

A plan from Miami-Dade lawmakers to penalize fraud and abuse in condominium associations earned unanimous initial approval in House and Senate committees this week.  The bills, most notably, impose new criminal penalties for falsifying association documents, committing fraud in association

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Condominium Associations Should List Their Attorney as the Registered Agent

I am the President of my condominium association. I just found out that the association was sued by a disgruntled owner. Unfortunately, I just recently learned that the association has been “defaulted” in the lawsuit because we failed to answer

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Homeowners Association repairing their own dunes (FL)

When Hurricane Matthew blew out of town, the 2.3 mile stretch of dunes on the Hammock Dunes Beach was left destroyed.  The storm that crept along the coast Oct. 7, 2016 left just enough of the dunes to protect the

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Homeowner’s association tells Florida woman to take down Blue Lives Matter flag

A Florida woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter flag that’s been flying for several years now by her homeowners association.  Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jacksonville that his daughter has been flying the flag to

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Suntree residents restrict allowable pets (FL)

Gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and a long list of other animals are no longer welcome in Suntree.  At least on paper.  Residents voted last week to approve a measure that restricts pets in the planned unit development to domesticated

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Do boards need membership approval to remove trees in commons areas?

Q: Our condominium has many mature and beautiful trees, one of which has been viewable from my unit for many years. The association removed the tree, claiming it received a report from a professional that the tree was dead. Does

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More Proof That Condo Clout Is Dead In Broward (FL)

Century Village’s pathetic turnout in the Deerfield Beach city election on Tuesday brings to mind David’s lament from The Bible: “How are the mighty fallen!”  A decade or so ago, Century Village could reliably turn out thousands of votes in

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Condo Q & A: Don’t need to count proxies

Q:  In one of your columns last year, you wrote that a special committee must be appointed to count the election ballots in a condominium election. You also wrote that no committee is needed to count proxies. It would seem,

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Condo building cannot unilaterally withdraw from group

Question: Our condominium complex consists of four separate buildings of 40 condominium units. Our building, as well as the other three, have their own entrance and exit. Is it possible for a building to secede from the rest of the

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Does electronic voting for associations really work?

Q: I heard that the law in Florida recently changed and that owners in community associations can now vote electronically. What is required to implement electronic voting in my community? And does it really work?     Read the Q&A…………..

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Homeowners’ association treasurer gets 3 years for stealing $122,779 (FL)

The 60-year-old former treasurer of Cimarron Homeowners Association near Medulla was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for stealing $122,779 from the group over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard, who still lives in the 72-home community, told Circuit Judge

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Florida Association Boards Can Adopt Rules for Records Requests

Question: In a recent column, you said that an owner wanting to inspect association records has to make a written request. Does a request by e-mail satisfy the law?    Read the Q&A…………

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Residents speak out against Pasco community HOA using drones

Residents of a Pasco community are speaking out against the use of a drone by the community’s association, though they aren’t sure they have any real say in the matter.  Residents of the Concord Station community said they got a

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Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL)

The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding

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U of FL workshop to help homeowners navigate HOA issues for landscaping

Wondering if that new lawn will mean a discussion with your Homeowner’s Association? The University of Florida Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM program offers a workshop on April 26 to help homeowners navigate the process.  “Legally Speaking: FFL in The Planned Community” will

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HOA’s rules for trash to prevent bear sightings a hindrance, residents say

Some residents in an Apopka neighborhood are not happy with new rules meant to keep bears away from trash cans.  The homeowners association for Wekiva Springs Reserve sent a letter to residents telling them that their garbage cans must be

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Bella Collina property owners, in lawsuit, allege racketeering (FL)

One of Central Florida’s most troubled home developments, the upscale Bella Collina country-club near Clermont, has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by people who bought lots there before the development went dormant in the Great Recession.  The

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Miami-Dade lawmakers want criminal penalties for fraud and abuse by condo directors (FL)

After decades of struggling against a condo regulatory system that experts say perpetuates impunity and makes it easy to commit fraud, thousands of condominium owners in Florida may finally see substantial changes in state laws.   Last week, state senators

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Info on neighbor’s emotional support dog confidential (FL)

Question: We live in a pet-free community. I saw a lady walking a cocker spaniel yesterday on our grounds. I asked our property manager about the pet and was informed this was a new resident that had papers indicating it

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Condo Q & A: President can’t buck the association board (FL)

Q: I am one of five directors on my homeowners’ association’s board. After this year’s annual meeting, we elected new officers. The person voted in as president says that he can make any decision he chooses, and does not need

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Is it legal for a condo owner to install a security camera?

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 Q&A……………

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Homeowner not legally entitled to unobstructed view

Q:  We live in a condo with a beautiful waterfront view, but the management company just put up a “Do not feed the wildlife” warning sign that partially obscures our view. We’re concerned this will hurt the resale value. What

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