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Westbay condo residents push to restore views, value (FL)

A dispute over the boat canopies that are said to block the waterfront view from some units at a condominium complex in Holmes Beach is now backed by a claim that the diminished view is hitting one owner’s pocket book.

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What you need to know about new estoppels law effective July 1

Q: I heard there is a new law concerning estoppels. Is there anything we need to do?  Read the Q&A………….

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Management company not obligated to answer all inquires from owners

Question: I have a question regarding the management company that serves a community association/HOA. I realize that there is a board of directors; however, I am always told by the management company that I can’t call them to ask questions

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When should limited proxies or secret ballots be used

Q: I know secret ballots must be used for members present to elect directors. Just after the first of the year, our condo association had to vote on a material alteration. I attended the meeting rather than send a limited

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Residents of old high-rise condos in Naples balk at fire prevention costs (FL)

At the high-rise condos that dot the Naples skyline, the threat of a deadly fire is real. Without proper fire prevention equipment, a blaze could consume any of the buildings, some 50 years old, that are symbols of the retirement

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Complaint letters are part of association’s official record

Q: I live in a condominium and recently sent a letter to the manager complaining about the occupants of a neighboring unit. When the owner of the unit found out that someone complained, they asked for a copy of the

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State throws out Poinciana election (FL)

Days after a state arbitrator sided with a Poinciana resident who disputed how the subdivision counted developer votes in the February election of six of villages, the homeowners association filed a response and a motion for a new hearing.  

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Port Charlotte residents cry foul over developer’s HOA control (FL)

Kings Gate residents pay more than $1 million in homeowners association fees every year — but without any input on how it’s spent, they say.  Some within the 55-plus neighborhood off Rampart Boulevard near Interstate 75 are trying to gain

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Lightning ignites Dunedin condo fire, displacing residents and injuring two firefighters (FL)

Lightning sparked a fire Monday at a condominium complex, leaving some residents displaced and two firefighters with minor injuries.  According to Dunedin Fire Chief Jeffrey Parks, the fire at the Country Lakes condo complex, 330 Promenade Drive, started about 12:45

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Keys retreat or alleged rip-off? Unit owners block condo redevelopment proposal at Ocean Reef Club (FL)

A plan to tear down and rebuild a 1970s condo building at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo is being met with stiff opposition from eight current owners who accuse the developers of trying to muscle them out

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Florida couple stunned to learn $458,000 paid for gulffront condo may be for nothing

On June 8, a condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in North Redington Beach sold at a Pinellas County foreclosure auction for $458,000.  The winning bidders, an Orlando couple, thought they had gotten a good deal on the 1,500-square unit

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Isn’t a quorum required for HOA board decisions and action?

Q: I am a newly elected member of a seven member HOA BOD. Our documents talk of ‘board action’ which I read as a majority vote at a duly noticed meeting. One or two members – President and VP –

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Poinciana HOA asks for new hearing in election dispute (FL)

Days after an arbitrator ordered one of the state’s largest homeowners associations to toss the results of its latest election and host a new one within a month, the association has asked for a new hearing.  Lawyers for the Association

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Condo fraud legislation adds teeth to Florida’s laws

The investigative series by El Nuevo Herald and Univision 23 last year on condominium association fraud exposed severe flaws with Florida’s condo laws and their enforcement. It spurred the state attorney’s office to conduct a grand jury investigation, which culminated

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Has your condo building opted out of these Florida statutes?

The day before I wrote this column, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed House Bill 653, one of the main community association bills that was passed during this legislative session. In particular, this was the bill that would have allowed condominium unit

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Will the circle be unbroken: Walden Lake golf course gets a trim, new plan for the future (FL)

Mowing, among other improvements, has begun around the golf course at Walden Lake.  It’s become part of a routine that could soon end. The grass at Walden Lake Golf and Country Club gets a little too long, the city says

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Condo residents bracing for costly assessments after governor vetoes fire bill (FL)

Tens of thousands of condominium owners in South Florida and across the state are facing financial pressure to install fire-safety devices in older buildings following Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill that would have allowed them to avoid the

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Unit owners can display American or military flags (FL)

Q. We live in a community that forbids owners from displaying any flag. With Independence Day coming up soon, is this prohibition enforceable?   Read the Q&A………….

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Family battles homeowners association over fence installation (FL)

Homeowners associations have all sorts of rules and regulations in their covenants, many of which are backed up by Florida state law.  But one Daytona Beach couple tell News 6 all they want is install a small 4-foot wooden fence

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Beach Bummed (FL)

Sandpiper has nine units, with 10 private parking spaces … until now.  That’s because the City of Hollywood is reclaiming five spots to make Oklahoma Street wider.  Jeanette Garcia, Sandpiper resident: “They proceeded to tell me that the property that

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Scott veto means condo hardship, lawyer says (FL)

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill giving condo boards more control over how they add fire sprinklers but bill backers say condo associations will now be forced to pay for the fire-safety upgrades.  The bill would have affected older high-rise

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Action 9 investigates HOA debt collectors (FL)

A Winter Park woman claims a past-due homeowners association bill for $145 has turned into an astounding demand for $77,000.  Ranya Hamza blames a debt collector that bought old association debts then, she claims, demanded homeowners pay sky-high fees.  

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15 fall in water after Boca Raton deck collapses (FL)

A deck inside a gated community in Boca Raton collapsed, Tuesday afternoon, causing 15 people to fall in the water, officials said.  7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene of the collapse at the Boca Bayou Condominium Association, located at 30

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Scott cites London fire in vetoing condo bill (FL)

Pointing to a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents, Gov. Rick Scott late Monday vetoed a bill that would have eased fire-protection requirements for older condominium buildings in Florida.  The bill (HB 653), which passed the Legislature

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Can board have executive meetings without posting them or keeping minutes?

Q: We are an HOA and our Board is constantly holding, what they call, executive meetings with all Board members present. These meetings are never posted. They transact business at these meetings and don’t keep minutes. These meetings also do

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Can the board increase the number of directors?

Q: Our board of directors has five (5) directors and we want to increase the size of the board to seven (7) directors. We have an active membership and these additional directors would bring a lot of knowledge and experience.

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Associations must allow flags (FL)

Q: I am a military veteran. Over Memorial Day weekend, I displayed my American flag outside my home. I intend to display the same flag for the Fourth of July. I recently received a letter from my homeowners’ association stating

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HOA could foreclose on home over unpainted mailbox (FL)

Paint your mailbox, pay a $1,000 fine or we’ll foreclose on your house.  That’s the message a Wesley Chapel homeowners’ association is sending to homeowner Joe DeVirde.  The problem is DiVerde says he didn’t get the notice, until it was

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State orders Poinciana HOA to throw out election (FL)

As state arbitrator on Friday sided with a homeowner who challenged the way Poinciana’s homeowners association, one of the largest in the state, held its election of board members.  The arbitrator threw out the Association of Poinciana Villages’ results from

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Florida HOA’s Can Change Rental Rules

Question: Our homeowners’ association would like to change our current minimum rental period, which is only three days, to a thirty day minimum. If we receive a majority vote for making this amendment, do we have to “grandfather” current owners,

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Homeowners buy Royal Tee Golf Course in Cape Coral; hire director (FL)

The Cape Royal Homeowners Association has taken going green to a whole other level.  The members bought and are renovating the former Royal Tee Golf Club in Cape Royal, hoping to open the 27-hole course to the public and keep

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Will new laws protect condo owners from apartment conversions and rogue associations? (FL)

….Florida lawmakers this spring unanimously approved a bill that requires condo associations to give owners better access to records and imposes criminal penalties for electoral fraud, theft of funds and conflicts of interest. The measure would become law July 1

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Miami judge partially derails homeowners’ lawsuit against Privé at Island Estates developers (FL)

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas handed the developers of Privé at Island Estates a victory this week in their tumultuous legal war with neighboring homeowners.  Thomas ruled Tuesday that the statute of limitations had long expired for the Island Estates

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Residents ask for protection from neighboring developments (FL)

Before she won a seat on the City Commission in May, Jen Ahearn-Koch met with residents of the Essex House condominium on Palm Avenue. They told her about an aerial assault on their property.  They attributed the problem to the

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Refused a reason for rejection (FL)

For the past seven years, Ken has rented a condo at Heritage Landings in Fort Lauderdale.  Ken Fobes: “And they approved me and I moved in.”  Ken then recently moved from one condo to another … and had to fill

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Flooding leads Fort Lauderdale to consider higher fees (FL)

The rate change would shift costs so that condo owners, and owners of stores, offices, and government properties pay more.  The new rates would be based on how much traffic a property generates — a novel, relatively untested method that

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Can a homeowners association deny my tenant with poor credit history?

Q: Can a homeowners association deny my tenant because of a poor credit history?  Read the Q&A………………

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HOAs can change rental rules

Q: Our homeowners’ association would like to change our current minimum rental period, which is only three days to a 30-day minimum. If we receive a majority vote for making this amendment, do we have to grandfather current owners, some

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Can I run for the condo board if I haven’t paid a fine?

Q: My condominium association imposed a $500 fine against me in 2016 for an alleged violation of the parking restrictions. I never paid the fine because I disputed their allegation and because the board selectively enforces the parking restrictions. When

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‘Test Case’: How Attorneys Defeated a $10 Million Class Action Over Condo Costs (FL)

Putting on “a numbers case” helped the owners of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach condo hotel defeat a $10 million class action lawsuit by residents fuming over a multimillion-dollar spike in maintenance fees.  Q Club Hotel LLC owns the property

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (“SWFWMD”), the agency responsible for managing and

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Poinciana residents challenge developer in election dispute

A dispute over who should control Poinciana, which says it has the largest homeowners association in Florida, could hinge on a strip of pine woods dotted with soggy marshland on the eastern shore of Lake Marion.  At stake is control

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Ceiling collapses in retirement community condo units displace several Sun City residents (FL)

Several residents of a Sun City retirement community were displaced overnight when water damage caused a condominium’s ceiling to collapse, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.   Read the article…………..

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FishHawk neighbors, HOA battle over drone use (FL)

Drones are becoming more popular as a hobby, but many say regulations aren’t keeping up with the technology.  Right now, there’s a battle brewing in FishHawk Ranch: the right to fly drones versus neighbors rights to privacy.  When it comes

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Lakewood Ranch uses record amount of water. And it could cost plenty (FL)

Even thought meteorologists were predicting a 60 percent chance of rain for the Bradenton area Tuesday, Lakewood Ranch supervisors were certain that some homeowners would be running their sprinklers as if the area were still in a drought.  Some even

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HOA asks military-decorated SUV to be removed from neighborhood (FL)

Controversy has erupted in a Middleburg neighborhood over an SUV decorated with military decorations.  “We feel that a vehicle designed to create awareness for support for our troops could never be deemed a nuisance,” SUV owner Kathy Signorile said.  Signorile

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1 Injured In Clearwater Condo Fire

A woman was seriously injured in a Sunday morning fire that broke out in a first-floor unit at the Seville Condominiums near Clearwater mall. According to Clearwater Fire Rescue, the woman was being airlifted to a local hospital for treatment

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How can we best address repeatedly request for records?

Q: Our condominium association has an owner that repeatedly requests access to the same records, over and over again, and is looking for a smoking gun to use against the Board. It is consuming a large amount of management resources

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Delinquent owners not eligible for Board

Q: I live in a homeowners’ association and recently submitted my intent to run for the board. However, my name was not included on the ballot that was mailed out to all of the owners. When I asked the association

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Condo owner claims Meadowbrook Condominium Apartments Building #1 Inc. failed to repair water problem

A Hallandale condo owner alleges the property manager failed to repair water intrusion, which has caused damage to her unit.  Alina Glushkina filed a complaint on May 18 in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida – Broward County against

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