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Cultivating New Community Association Leaders, Part II

In the first part of this series, I left you with a question of whether or not your current association VP would step into the shoes of a departing President. The answer was a resounding “NO”. Other than general malaise, what

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Avoiding the appearance of self interest as an association director

A reader of my blog recently wrote to discuss a situation in her community where the interests of the membership came second to the interests of some board members. The reader wrote that the community had been polled and the

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What is a Covered “Collapse” for Insurance Purposes?

Recently, the Fifth District Court of Appeal issued the opinion of Kings Ridge Community Association v. Sagamore Insurance Company, clarifying what constitutes a covered “collapse” under an All Risk Business Owner’s policy. On February 24, 2010, the association’s clubhouse began to

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More states seek to protect First Amendment Rights in Associations…will Florida

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that a condominium owner could place election signs on his front door and side window of his townhome over the objections of his association. Read More……

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Effective Collection Tactics for Associations Against Owners Who File for Bankruptcy

Associations have been contending with unit owners who file for personal bankruptcy protection in greater numbers since the start of the economic crisis. In response to a unit owner bankruptcy, and in an effort to preserve and protect the rights

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FL: New Law Eliminates Important Homeowner, HOA Protections Against Construction Defects in Community Infrastructure Systems

HB 1013, one of the most surprising and anti-consumer pieces of new legislation for Florida homeowners and HOAs, was recently signed into law by Gov. Scott. HB 1013 was passed in direct response to the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s

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Rogers Towers: Defending Mortgage Lenders Against Attorney’s Fees Claims by Condominium Associations

Lenders foreclosing mortgages in Florida frequently encounter claims by condominium associations for past due assessments. Increasingly, those entities are extending their claims in attempts to recover attorney’s fees and costs as well, often asking for amounts far in excess of

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Florida Supreme Court rules that “substantial compliance” is good enough for insurers on association policies

On May 31, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court issued a Corrective Opinion in the case of QBE Insurance Corp v. Chalfonte Condominium Association, Inc., SC09-441 (FL 2012). A jury originally awarded the Chalfonte Condominium Association $8.2 million for, among other

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Helpful hints for condo and HOA members

What Dave Biemel finds most gratifying about serving on the board of directors of Arielle Condominium Association in Palmer Ranch is the feeling of accomplishment in “getting stuff done that didn’t seem like it was getting done before.”     Read

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Recent Case Holds That Condominium Association Could Owe A Duty of Care to Unit Owners to Maintain Pipes In the Interior Boundary Walls of Units

In a recent case, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal analyzed a condominium association’s declaration documents to determine whether the association owed a duty to maintain the pipes located within interior walls of the condominium. While the subject of

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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Community Association Fundamentals

Each common-interest community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. CAI developed the Community Association Fundamentals to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function and the roles of

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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