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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Shutters removed for condo concrete restoration, but some no longer meet code. Now what? (FL) June 23, 2024
    Question: I live in a 14-story condominium building that was built in the late 1980s. We are in the midst of an extensive concrete restoration project.  The concrete contractor removed our storm shutters and recorded their condition. They are now being reinstalled. Some shutters work fine, but others cannot be reinstalled because they are not compliant with the existing code.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • ‘Going to go broke’: Condo owner hit with $224K assessment (FL) June 22, 2024
    Some South Florida condo owners are being hit with six-figure assessments that are forcing them to flee.  The situation is leaving many unable to sell or afford the staggering cost…….The retired couple had their financial future all planned out until they were recently hit with a special assessment.  “The total assessment from the apartment we are sitting on is what?” asked Weinsier. “Approximately $224,000,” said Howard Konetz.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can the Association charge renters a ‘resort fee’? (FL) June 22, 2024
    Q: Board members think we can charge owners a ‘resort fee’ payable to the Association to make money off rentals. Is that possible? Where is it referenced if possible?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Man hit in face with golf ball months after condo residents raised fears; Pembroke Pines promises more netting around course (FL) June 22, 2024
    Residents living next to a golf course in Pembroke Pines have been dealing with golf balls flying into their community. 7 Investigates brought you their story months ago. At the time, they said they were afraid someone was going to get hurt — and now someone has. 7’s Heather Walker has the update.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Entire homeowners association board resigns after $60K special assessment dispute (FL) June 22, 2024
    10 Tampa Bay has confirmed residents of the Villas of Carillon townhome community got an email Friday informing them the entire homeowners association board has resigned, effective immediately.  This comes after owners successfully postponed a board vote on how they would be allowed to pay a $60,000 special assessment stemming from a structural integrity reserve study.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Going to go broke’: Condo owners hit with 6-figure assessments thanks to new Florida law June 21, 2024
    Some South Florida condo owners are being hit with six-figure assessments that are forcing them to flee.  The situation is leaving many unable to sell or afford the staggering cost.  Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier was sent to closely examine the numbers.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owners celebrate temporary win over $60K special assessment request (FL) June 21, 2024
    Condo owners at the Villas Of Carillon in Feather Sound received a temporary victory just days after they were shocked by a $60,000 special assessment their condo board wanted them to pay.  Thursday night, at a special meeting, the owners packed the room and got their wish to hold off on any decisions about the assessment for now.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New Florida law prohibiting HOAs from passing parking restrictions could affect millions June 21, 2024
    According to the non-profit Foundation for Community Association Research, more than nine million people—about 44 percent of Floridians—live in communities governed by homeowner’s associations, which can regulate what kinds of vehicles can park in their communities and where.  A new state law going into effect July 1 says an HOA can no longer pass regulations preventing pickup trucks and work trucks from parking in driveways.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Citizens Property Insurance backs proposed 14% rate hike for 2025 (FL) June 21, 2024
    Citizens Property Insurance Corp’s board of governors unanimously backed a proposal during Wednesday’s meeting that could result in double-digit rate hikes for policyholders.  Many Florida Homeowners will see higher property insurance rates next year. The new rates would amount to an average 13.5% increase for homeowners covered by a “multi-peril” policy, which Citizens says is its most common.  Condominium owners would see an average 14.2% increase if the new rates are approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.    Read ...
  • ‘This is crazy’: Local woman says HOA continues to charge a late fee for 20-cent mistake (FL) June 21, 2024
    In January, Carolyn’s husband reminded her to pay a yearly homeowner’s association fee.  “I went right over to the office…I thought maybe they’d take my check,” Babcock recalled.  Babcock says she was told they didn’t take cash and she’d have to either go online or write a check.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask a real estate pro: Can HOA change rules about paint color for our house? (FL) June 20, 2024
    Q: Two years ago, we filled out the appropriate form with paint samples for the house, trim, and a new roof and submitted it to our community association, which the board approved. Recently, the new board president sent us a letter telling us that although we were approved in April 2022, it was incorrect, and when we needed to paint again, we could not use the paint color that was previously approved. Can a new board change its mind after ...
  • Landmark Florida Court Ruling Shakes Up Condo Termination Landscape June 19, 2024
    In a significant decision with far-reaching implications, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in May ruled in favor of condo owners, challenging the long-standing practice of developer-led condo terminations.  The ruling, stemming from a case involving Biscayne 21 Condominium in Miami, has sent ripples through the real estate industry and raised questions about the future of condo terminations across the state.      Read the article…………………………….
  • Placida condo complex undergoing hurricane repairs (FL) June 19, 2024
    Repairs are underway at Boca Vista Harbor’s five condominium buildings in Placida damaged by Hurricane Ian about 20 months ago.  The five-story complex built in 2005 was ravaged by the storm’s high winds that damaged the buildings’ stucco, soffit, fascia, gutters, standing seam roof, deco shutters, vents, paint and caulking.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners in this Pinellas County HOA shocked by $60K special assessment request (FL) June 19, 2024
    A letter in the mail brought some sticker shock for homeowners in a Pinellas County HOA, saying they’d have to choose how to a handle special assessment that could cost them upward of $60,000 by October.  “I was in shock, I immediately started texting other neighbors,” said Tammy Rodeffer, a homeowner in The Villas of Carillon in Feather Sound.     Read the article…………………………….
  • New bill could pose problems for East County homeowners associations June 19, 2024
    Michael Miller worries that the passage of House Bill 1203 could have “unintended consequences” in his Country Club neighborhood and the East County community as a whole.   The bulk of the 44-page bill, signed into law on May 31 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, pertains to the administration of homeowners associations — education requirements for directors and how fees are imposed and records are kept.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Is condo living becoming a thing of the past? Insurance costs, HOA fees taking a toll (FL) June 19, 2024
    Condo living has been a popular lifestyle in Florida for decades, but with rising insurance costs and HOA fees could this lifestyle be coming to an end?  In the nearly two years since Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction through southwest Florida, Fox 4 has documented recovery efforts and battles with insurance providers.    Read the article…………………………….
  • New bill could pose problems for East County homeowners associations (FL) June 18, 2024
    Michael Miller worries that the passage of House Bill 1203 could have “unintended consequences” in his Country Club neighborhood and the East County community as a whole.  The bulk of the 44-page bill, signed into law on May 31 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, pertains to the administration of homeowners associations — education requirements for directors and how fees are imposed and records are kept.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Is condo living becoming a thing of the past? Insurance costs, HOA fees taking a toll (FL) June 18, 2024
    Condo living has been a popular lifestyle in Florida for decades, but with rising insurance costs and HOA fees could this lifestyle be coming to an end?  In the nearly two years since Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction through southwest Florida, Fox 4 has documented recovery efforts and battles with insurance providers.     Read the article…………………………….
  • New law means fewer restrictions for people in HOA communities (FL) June 18, 2024
    A new law takes effect less than a month from now that will impact people who live in communities in Florida governed by homeowners’ associations.  The new law will mean significant changes for HOA residents. People who live in HOA communities typically have a strict list of dos and don’ts.   Read the article…………………………….
  • When condo board moves to ditch tiled balconies in favor of concrete, do owners get vote? (FL) June 16, 2024
    Question: I live in a 65-unit condominium which is currently undergoing a seven-figure concrete restoration that will take more than a year to complete. The board has decided to eliminate the tile covering on our balconies and replace it with concrete and change the color from beige to gray.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Longwood residents forced to use sandbags due to storm water backup problems (FL) June 15, 2024
    A neighborhood in Longwood is dealing with water drainage issues so bad that the county has had to come in and drop off sandbags so residents have the means to protect their homes from damage.  Sally Spires, who has lived in the community since 2008 says it is a recent issue. She said, “The only time other than recently that there was flooding was during a hurricane.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Must a property management firm rep be at all HOA meetings? (FL) June 15, 2024
    Q: While attending a HOA board meeting, several of the owners at large wanted to discuss with the board of directors issues concerning failures of the current Professional Property Management firm, but were uneasy bringing the topic up, as the representative of the firm always attends. During the course of the meeting, one owner asked if it was always necessary to have the management firm representative at all of the HOA meetings.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • DeSantis quietly signs controversial condo bill. Owners are already threatening to sue (FL) June 14, 2024
    Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday quietly signed a controversial condominium bill into law that unit owners are already threatening to sue over if lawmakers don’t fix certain provisions next legislative session.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Governor signs “Condo 3.0” into law, cracks down on wayward boards (FL) June 14, 2024
    A measure that provides new criminal penalties for misbehaving condominium boards is now law, after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed H.B. 2021 on Friday afternoon.  The legislation was spearheaded by State Rep. Vicki Lopez, R-Miami, who held multiple meetings with condo owners who complained that associations were falling short of transparency objectives. One of the sessions was on Key Biscayne, where more than half of the island’s 15,000 people live in condominiums.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘This is just outrageous’: South Florida condo owners are dumping their homes after getting slapped with six-figure special assessments — and now the once-hot market is floundering June 14, 2024
    Maria Tkachun and her husband shelled out $490,000 for a seventh-floor apartment with a terrace and balcony boasting incredible views of South Florida’s Biscayne Bay in 2022.  Two years later, the pair got hit with a six-figure special assessment — a charge that condo owners and homeowners in HOA communities must pay to either finance a renovation on the property or to replenish an underfunded reserve.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Hammocks settling for $3.5M another suit against ex-HOA attorneys (FL) June 14, 2024
    The Hammocks is settling for $3.5 million another lawsuit against the homeowners association’s former law firms.  The firms had allegedly waged a battle against investigators who were looking into allegations of fraud against an ex-HOA president. The settlement, which isn’t final until approved by the judge, marks the fourth with former HOA attorneys in the wake of an alleged massive scheme by former board members to pillage association coffers.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Shots fired in Tavares condo complex Wednesday, knocks power out to multiple residences (FL) June 13, 2024
    Tavares Police Department is investigating after multiple shots were fired in a condominium complex late Wednesday night.  Police believe there were multiple people involved in the incident and at least two shooters, due to evidence found at the scene. An electrical box was shot, leaving approximately 90 residents without power for nearly eight hours, Sullivan said.Read the article…………………………….
  • Yes, new Florida law places limits on reasons HOAs can fine you June 12, 2024
    Homeowners’ associations oversee everything from what your yard or house can look like, to parking and noise.  Florida has more HOAs than any state in the country, other than California. Roughly 45% of Floridians live in communities with an HOA which requires average payments ranging from $100 to $500 each month, according to this Miami real estate law office.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium association seeks rezoning for timeshare rebuild (FL) June 12, 2024
    The proposed new Estero Island Beach Club aims to replace its previous two condominiums with a single structure on Fort Myers Beach.  Standing in the way: current town code.  Tuesday, the Estero Island Beach Club Condominium Association asked the Fort Myers Beach Local Planning Agency for permission to build up along Fort Myers Beach.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Jewfish Key group withdraws deannexation petition (FL) June 12, 2024
    Jewfish Key residents withdrew a petition to withdraw from the town of Longboat Key.  The action May 31 resulted in the cancellation of a June 3 public hearing for the potential deannexation of the key.  Jewfish Key is a 38-acre island off the north end of Longboat Key that is home to 21 parcels owned by 11 entities, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser website.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fate of East Naples golf course still unknown, as residents continue fight to preserve it (FL) June 11, 2024
    The fate of the former Riviera Golf Course in East Naples remains uncertain.  It’s still mired in legal challenges – and the owners recently rejected a neighboring resident’s offer to buy it.   Steve Campbell, who lives in the surrounding community of Riviera Golf Estates, offered to pay $857,000 for the more than 90-acre property, based on its “foreclosure condition.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Town opts to move forward with annexation process (FL) June 10, 2024
    The Windermere Town Council hosted a virtual workshop Tuesday, May 28, to discuss the possibility of annexing the Chaine du Lac community into the town limits.  Although a consensus was reached by council members to move forward with the annexation, opinions were divided on whether a referendum for a vote by the town residents should be included as part of the process.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Aventura condo board president arrested for pepper-spraying senior in parking spat, cops say (FL) June 10, 2024
    Police said they arrested the president of an Aventura condominium board Friday after he pepper-sprayed a 65-year-old who was helping his daughter move in after an apparent dispute over where the man parked.    It came the same week after allegations of condo drama at another Aventura building led to the arrest of a 73-year-old man on stalking and aggravated assault charges.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Violation Notices Part of Official Records (FL) June 10, 2024
    Q: Does a member of a homeowners’ association have the right to review a list of properties that have violated the HOA rules, such as landscape plants that are not permitted or exterior house paint colors not approved?   Read the article…………………………….
  • Can condo association force owner to address bedbug infestation? (FL) June 9, 2024
    Question: One of the units in our condominium is infested with bedbugs. What recourse does the condo association have to require the owner to deal with this issue?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can we give notice about a Board meeting electronically? (FL) June 8, 2024
    Q: What are the requirements regarding electronic Board meeting notices as governed by “Florida Administrative Codes, section 61B-75.002 Electronic Transmission of Notices”?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • New Florida Law Requires HOAs to Adopt Hurricane Protection Measures June 8, 2024
    Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 293 in an effort to help protect Florida’s single-family homes. Effective immediately, all homeowners associations in the state are mandated to establish hurricane protection specifications along with any other pertinent factors as determined by the association’s board of directors.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can the Board do anything about golf balls from our golf course pelting my home? (FL) June 8, 2024
    Q: I live on a golf course and my home is constantly pelted by golf balls. When I approached the homeowners association to try and prevent this potential danger, the association told me there is nothing they can do. How can I convince them to take action?     Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Real estate exec: Troubled condo market will get worse (FL) June 6, 2024
    There is no doubt about the state of the condominium business in Florida right now. It’s in trouble. Big trouble.  And, if the predictions of a stronger than average hurricane season prove right — or even close to right — it could get much worse.  So says Greg Main-Baillie, a project manager who works with condominium associations shoring up the structure of buildings for the commercial real estate firm Colliers.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New law targets domineering HOAs, requires transparency from board members (FL) June 6, 2024
    A new law that limits homeowner association fines was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis will go into effect July 1st.  “I am glad they are setting up new rules,” said The Hammocks resident Rosivette De Jesus.  She said while she’s happy about the law, she still has serious doubts.  “Who is going to enforce it?” asked De Jesus.   Read the article (PDF)…………………………….
  • Q&A of the Day – What Changes w/Florida’s New HOA Law June 6, 2024
    The sweeping 44-page legislation is the state’s most aggressive move to rein in what some residents would suggest are overly aggressive HOAs in the state. Due to many meaningful changes that are expected to be in place in less than a month many homeowners and boards are attempting to understand what the impact with be for them in their communities.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Aventura man accused of stalking former condo board opponent, brandishing weapons (FL) June 5, 2024
    According to an arrest report, Mitrani had been running against the victim for director on the board at Harborside Condominiums at 3640 Yacht Club Drive. Police said he eventually dropped out of the race and the victim won re-election.  Police said between March 5 and May 26, Mitrani left 10 threatening voicemails, sent roughly 500 text messages and made 40 to 50 calls to the victim’s cellphone, despite pleas for him to stop.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Orlando Condo Owners Priced Out by Assessment Fees (FL) June 5, 2024
    In Orlando, condo owners are facing significant financial challenges due to steep assessment fees imposed to comply with new state regulations. These fees have become a burden, potentially pricing many out of their homes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 22 hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at condo in southwest Miami-Dade (FL) June 4, 2024
    Almost two dozen residents were taken to hospitals and dozens more were evacuated after a carbon monoxide leak at a condo building in southwest Miami-Dade Tuesday morning, officials said.  Sixty people were assessed at the Hemingway Villa Condos on Southwest 40th Terrace, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Danny Cardeso said. Twenty-two were taken to hospitals, but their exact conditions were not known.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida Condo Owners in Race Against Time Before Hurricane Season June 3, 2024
    Condo owners in Florida will be able to apply for funding as part of their associations to upgrade their buildings and mitigate storm damage ahead of what’s expected to be an above-normal hurricane season this year.   Read the article…………………………….
  • “Becoming a big issue”: Conflicts at condo, homeowners associations fuel insurance woes June 3, 2024
    In Pembroke Pines, the Heron Pond condo complex’s property insurer halted coverage in April, and the general liability carrier warned it won’t renew its policy when it expires in June.  Near North Miami Beach, the Star Lakes condo complex’s board president said he expects this year’s insurance premiums to be about 45 percent more than the association paid in prior years.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Owners say condo board ghosting them after skipping inspection, not insuring building (FL) June 2, 2024
    Question: We are a 64-unit condominium that elected a board in 2022. This board replaced the previous property manager for no apparent reason. Since then, there have been no elections, and they aren’t giving us any information. We are prohibited from contacting any board members directly (at the risk of a fine), but the new licensed community association manager is totally unresponsive.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Dispute involving condo’s new parking scheme lands in court, makes local news (FL) June 2, 2024
    With so many South Florida condominium communities experiencing financial challenges, some associations and their boards of directors may wish to develop new sources of revenue to help mitigate raising owners’ monthly dues or implementing special assessments.  However, as the recent litigation involving the Buckley Towers Condominium illustrates, devising a questionable new parking payment scheme and deploying it by towing away many owners’ vehicles overnight is extremely unlikely to be a recipe for success.  Read the article…………………………….
  • DeSantis signs bills forcing Florida HOAs to allow hurricane hardening, more transparency (FL) June 1, 2024
    Your HOA may no longer prevent you from hardening your home against hurricanes, according to a new bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week. But they can still tell you what color your hurricane shutters can be.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can the Board vote on a item that wasn’t on the agenda? (FL) June 1, 2024
    Q: I live in a beachfront condominium. At a recent regular 48-hour posted notice board meeting, with an agenda, one of the directors made a motion to adopt a rule about what remodeling work could be performed during “season” that was not listed on the agenda. The motion was approved by the board and now the Association is trying to stop remodeling work until the summer. Can they do that?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo owners stuck on standby, waiting to access much-needed storm mitigation grant funding (FL) June 1, 2024
    Starting July 1, condo associations will have the opportunity to apply for part of $30 million in grant funding to help harden their buildings and mitigate storm damage.  HB1029 which was approved by the Florida legislature in April, extended the existing My Safe Florida Home program to include condominiums. The program essentially provides mitigation inspections and guidelines for what hardening projects the funding can be used for.       Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owners stuck on standby, waiting to access much-needed storm mitigation grant funding (FL) May 31, 2024
    Starting July 1, condo associations will have the opportunity to apply for part of $30 million in grant funding to help harden their buildings and mitigate storm damage.  HB1029 which was approved by the Florida legislature in April, extended the existing My Safe Florida Home program to include condominiums. The program essentially provides mitigation inspections and guidelines for what hardening projects the funding can be used for.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 16 units of Brandon condo building not habitable after 2-alarm fire (FL) May 31, 2024
    Sixteen units were damaged and no longer habitable after a two-alarm fire tore through a Brandon condominium building on Friday afternoon.  The American Red Cross was assisting people who were left without a place to live.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Loggers’ Run Boca Raton, Campbell Property Management Facing Federal Discrimination Lawsuit (FL) May 31, 2024
    The Loggers’ Run homeowners association and Campbell Property Management allegedly conspired in acts of Antisemitism to prevent a Jewish family from opening a Chabad in the community and from sharing Jewish education with others in their home. The federal discrimination lawsuit alleges violations of the Fair Housing Act.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Expert Input on Vital Matters Facing South Florida Associations May 30, 2024
    The first of the two articles appeared on the front page of the Miami Herald’s Wednesday, May 15, edition. The article, titled “Did Florida lawmakers clean up condo-hotel mess or create ‘dictatorships’ for developers?”, focuses on the litigation involving the Carillon condo-hotel in Miami Beach, which spurred new legislation giving hoteliers and developers greater control over the shared common areas in such properties.    Read the article…………………………….
  • DeSantis signs law that forces Florida HOAs to allow residents to install storm-hardening improvements May 30, 2024
    Homeowners associations may no longer deny applications from homeowners to install certain storm-hardening equipment under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week.     Read the article…………………………….
  • My Safe Florida Condo Pilot Program: Frequently Asked Questions May 30, 2024
    On April 24, 2024, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1029 into law, marking a pivotal moment in bolstering condominium resilience against hurricane damage. This significant milestone is important for Florida’s condominium owners’ associations to recognize in furtherance of efforts to protect Florida’s infrastructure.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fort Myers Beach at epicenter of rising insurance rates (FL) May 30, 2024
    One of the major places the impact is being felt is at condos, where homeowner’s association fees are increasing to make up for not only the increase in insurance rates but shortfalls in reimbursements from insurance companies from Hurricane Ian. Many condo associations on hard-hit Fort Myers Beach are still entangled in litigation with their insurance companies over payouts from Hurricane Ian damage.?   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo buyouts add another layer to housing crisis (FL) May 30, 2024
    State Rep. Vicki Lopez, the Republican lawmaker who led condo reforms to try to prevent another Surfside tragedy, is worried about a recent court decision over a building buyout in Miami.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Thousands of SWFL condos for sale as owners face rising assessments and insurance costs (FL) May 29, 2024
    Many Southwest Florida condo owners are in trouble financially as they face thousands of dollars in special assessments.  There is a rush of people putting their condos up for sale, and buyers are shying away.  Florida is now facing a condo crisis as more condos are on the market than there have been in years.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Clearwater’s public parking in condo bleeds money with limited customers (FL) May 29, 2024
    Twenty years ago, Clearwater officials agreed to buy 100 parking spaces in a Cleveland Street condo, anticipating a downtown revival that would bring throngs of visitors.  But a blossoming of downtown restaurants and retail never happened. The parking investment has turned into a money pit for taxpayers as few patrons use the city-owned spaces.   Read the article…………………………….
  • How South Florida’s condos, HOAs should prepare for upcoming hurricane season May 28, 2024
    Hurricane season is approaching quickly and forecasters are predicting an intense one ahead. And while we South Floridians are no strangers to these storms, it’s crucial to recognize the potent cocktail of factors like La Nina that amplify their destructive potential. The threat is compounded for properties along the coastline, where the convergence of strong winds, surging waters and airborne debris pose a formidable challenge.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Estoppel Charges Adjusted for Inflation (FL) May 28, 2024
    Q: I recently requested an estoppel certificate from our homeowners’ association to confirm the dues and fees associated with my property in connection with my selling the home. When I received the bill, the amount charged was higher than the cap mentioned in the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act. Can they legally charge more than what is stipulated by Florida law?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo fees expected to keep rising in wake of Surfside-related legislation, expert says (FL) May 28, 2024
    If you’re a condo owner or looking to buy one anytime soon, you may have to rethink your budget.  That’s according to Greg Main-Baillie—the executive managing director for construction and project management at Colliers Real Estate Services.  When it comes to Florida’s condo market, he told ABC Action News that the next three years will be rough.   Read the article…………………………….
  • They don’t look broken, but did Hurricane Ian damage condo’s windows enough to file claim? (FL) May 26, 2024
    Question: Our condominium board signed a contract with some lawyers who promised to sue our insurance company after Hurricane Ian. The claim that was submitted (prepared by the attorneys’ engineer and signed by our treasurer) alleges, among other lies, that thousands of windows were damaged, when actually none was damaged.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Judge Rules in Favor of Tamarac’s Shaky Shaker Village Clubhouse Deal (FL) May 25, 2024
    A hurdle blocking Tamarac’s controversial plan to buy the dilapidated Shaker Village Clubhouse was recently cleared when a Broward Circuit Court judge ruled in the condominium association’s favor in a lawsuit.  The lawsuit, filed in September 2023 by Shaker Village resident Tonya Nesbitt, had challenged the Shaker Village Condominium Association’s authority to make the clubhouse sale.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Is an owner vote needed before we can borrow money and special assess? (FL) May 25, 2024
    Q: Our condominium association is considering entering into a loan to fund repairs to our condominium property from Hurricane Ian. We are intending on paying off the loan with a special assessment against all the owners in the condominium. There are some owners who have said that we cannot do this without a unit owner vote. Is a unit owner vote required before we can borrow money and special assess?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Engineers hired by Champlain Towers South go public with where they think first failure occurred (FL) May 25, 2024
    For the first time, engineers who investigated the collapse of Champlain Towers South are going public with the evidence they say points to where the first failure in the structure occurred just minutes before the building came down, killing 98 people.  Engineers form the Chicago-based national engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates were hired by the court-appointed receiver for the condo association to investigate the collapse.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida bill aimed at giving some rights back to homeowners with HOAs on Gov. DeSantis’ desk May 24, 2024
    Living in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association comes with some perks but also some rules, and a new bill on Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk aims to give back some of the rights homeowners give up in those communities.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Firefighters battle blaze at Orlando condo complex (FL) May 23, 2024
    Firefighters put out a fire Thursday morning at a condominium complex in Orlando.  The fire happened at about 11 a.m. at East Michigan Street and Conway Road.  Officials said the fire has been extinguished.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Real estate Q&A: How can we get rid of our rowdy renters? (FL) May 22, 2024
    Q: Lately, some of the renters in our townhome community have been disruptive. There have been noise disturbances, domestic violence, unleashed pets, and even open drug use. When some homeowners raised their concerns, the association said their ability to address the problem was limited, and changing rental bylaws was almost impossible. What can we do to make our neighborhood safe and peaceful again?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Boca West, Akoya Sued After Swimming Pool Incident In Boca Raton Country Club (FL) May 22, 2024
    Boca West Country Club and its Akoya community are part of a major lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court by a woman who claims she was critically injured at a Boca West swimming pool. Barbara Glazer alleges that work on the pool deck was so shoddy, her leg pushed through a paver — leading her to sustain injuries that required surgery   Read the article…………………………….
  • Developer files lawsuit against Pine Ridge Association (FL) May 21, 2024
    The development group that sought to build 85 single-family residential homes on the vacant Pine Ridge golf course filed a lawsuit last week accusing that community’s property owners association and its former president with slander.  The lawsuit, filed in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, alleges that then-president Wayne Tuch made false statements regarding the sale of the property to Southern Oaks Property Group LLC which damaged the company’s reputation.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo managers in Perdido Key battle critter invasion amid new lighting ordinance debate (FL) May 21, 2024
    Rats and snakes have become unwelcome guests at two Perdido Key condominiums.  The associate managers for those properties attended Monday’s Board of Escambia County Commissioners meeting, one of them speaking out publicly against a proposed wildlife-lighting ordinance.  The two women worry if it passes, it’ll worsen a problem with nuisance critters living on the premises.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida HOA Sued Over Antisemitic Actions Against Jewish Rabbi and Boca Raton Chabad May 20, 2024
    (Press release) Today attorneys from First Liberty Institute and Jones Day filed a federal lawsuit against Loggers’ Run Association, a homeowners’ association, and its management company in Boca Raton, FL calling for it to end all illegal, discriminatory, and antisemitic actions against Rabbi Naftaly Hertzel and his wife Henya. Since 2015 the Hertzels and the Chabad community, who reside in the HOA area, have been denied the same rights allowed for all residents and groups within the community and have ...
  • Age-old fencing for residents’ dogs runs afoul of new homeowners association president May 20, 2024
    Question: Our homeowner’s association states in its declaration that “all fences, other than those installed by the Developer, are prohibited.” Ten years ago, our then president allowed owners to install dog pens — pens made of chain link fence material. Last month, our current president became enraged when her neighbor constructed a dog pen within sight of the front of her home   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Real Estate Counselor: Horrific fall due to rotted balcony leads to condo litigation (FL) May 18, 2024
    A March ruling by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal and the 2016 incident behind the lawsuit, which stemmed from a rotted condominium balcony railing that led to a horrible three-story fall, was the subject of a recent report by WUFT News in North Central Florida. The station’s articleand the appellate opinion illustrate the potentially monumental repercussions that could result from poor maintenance decisions and practices over critical safety elements.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: How can we collect special assessments from people who own lots and have not paid? (FL) May 18, 2024
    Q: My homeowner’s association special assessed the community about 6 months ago. I just found out that there are at least 15 lots that have not paid their special assessment. The Board is questioning how to collect these funds and if the Association is required to follow the same process that it does for collection of our regular assessments. Can you please provide some guidance?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Miami condo demolition lawsuit sparks statewide concern among property stakeholders (FL) May 17, 2024
    An appellate court case in South Florida has garnered attention from a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the real estate industry. The lawsuit revolves around a case concerning Biscayne 21, an aging condominium building situated on prime oceanfront real estate.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo lawsuit: Neighbors claim association took parking spaces to make a profit (FL) May 17, 2024
    A group of neighbors at Buckley Towers condominiums in northeast Miami-Dade claimed in court that some members of their association’s board of directors took advantage of their position to profit off the community.  Among the complaints: uncollected trash piling up in bins and inside the building’s trash chutes.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Going to have to pay up’: Condo consultant discusses options for Florida condo owners facing new safety law (FL) May 16, 2024
    The clock is ticking for Florida condominium owners who now have to come up with reserve funds to pay for potential repairs.  A new safety law was passed after the Surfside collapse in 2021.  Lawmakers hope the new law will help prevent future tragedies.   Video news report……………………..
  • Residents recall board over fees at Orlando condo complex (FL) May 16, 2024
    Residents at Regency Gardens Condominiums in Orange County were in fear of losing their homes after learning they need to fill a gap of more than $17 million in the condominium association’s reserves by the year’s end.  Video news report……………………..
  • As Florida Condo Prices Fall, What’s a Condo Seller to Do? May 16, 2024
    Condo prices in Florida have been steadily falling, fueled by an increasing rate of motivated sellers.  Certainly, high interest rates are a part of this trend, but a closer look suggests that changes to the Florida Condominium Act — the state’s laws governing condominium associations — may be a major factor behind the market trend and also suggests that a development boom could be coming.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Mystic Woods condo residents worry as damage concerns mount days after storms (FL) May 15, 2024
    Days after strong storms and tornados struck the region residents continue trying to dig out from under downed trees and powerlines, and many are finding recovery a confusing, frustrating process.  The Mystic Woods condos off Pensacola Street used to have a forested canopy. Not anymore. Many of the units have trees through the roofs.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A Middleburg man built a little library to share free books with his neighbors. Then he was sued by his HOA (FL) May 15, 2024
    A Middleburg man had the novel idea to provide free books to his neighbors, but the idea opened up a new chapter in his life: a legal battle with his homeowners association.  Now he’s facing lawsuits and almost $2,500 in fines.  The little library was situated on his front lawn along the sidewalk where his Doctor’s Inlet Reserve neighbors could take a book and leave a book.  But now all of that is gone.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Video shows bobcat take casual stroll around Naples, Florida pool as man lounges nearby May 15, 2024
    A Naples man was in for quite a surprise recently as he lounged poolside at a local condo complex.  A bobcat slowly meandered around the pool area and within feet of Kevin Mario, who was seated in a lounge chair and eventually wandered off.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fight over condo-hotel leads to Florida bill. Here’s what it could mean for owners. May 15, 2024
    A courtroom fight over a luxury Miami Beach condo and hotel complex spilled into Florida’s Capitol this year, where lawmakers gave hoteliers and developers the upper hand in disputes with residents over common areas in so-called hotel-condos — and potentially undercut a key reform put in place after the collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo holdouts leave developer in limbo, case could have ripple affect statewide (FL) May 14, 2024
    A recent decision by an appeals court in Miami overturning a condominium termination has sent ripples through the condo development community, including lenders, buyers and investors.  Rep. Vicki Lopez, R-Coral Gables, told Florida’s Voice that 10 condo owners in Edgewater, Miami refused an offer to sell their units to a development company that had been solicited by their condo association board to construct new housing.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Mystic Woods Condos residents, workers calling for help amid tornado damage in Tallahassee (FL) May 14, 2024
    Four days after tornadoes caused widespread damage in Leon County, crews have been working around the clock to get folks back on their feet.  Meanwhile, quite a bit of damage could be seen at one West Tallahassee condo complex. Since Friday’s storms, many living at the Mystic Woods Condos near West Pensacola Street have had to find a new place to stay.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Sarasota business owner sent to prison for real estate fraud (FL) May 14, 2024
    Even with his federal trial being over in Virginia, charges remain pending against Santiago at home in Sarasota.  In 2022, Santiago was president of the Beneva Ridge Condominiums homeowners association when its new treasurer — Esther Quiles, wife of Sarasota County Commissioner Mark Smith — became “wary that HOA funds are being misappropriated by the HOA president,” according to an affidavit from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.   (scroll down to “HOA Scheme”) Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo lawsuit: Neighbors claim association took their parking spaces to make a profit (FL) May 14, 2024
    A group of neighbors at Buckley Towers condominiums in Northeast Miami-Dade claimed in court that some members of their association’s board of directors took advantage of their position to profit off the community……He and other residents filed a lawsuit in November, claiming the association’s board of directors took their assigned parking spots and tried to charge people for access to convenient spaces.      Read the article…………………………….
  • Miami turns into Airbnb’s playground! Over 50% of luxury new condos are being built specifically for short-term party rentals (FL) May 13, 2024
    Over half of all new condos being built in Miami are specifically for short-term rentals as residents struggle to find affordable long-term housing, a new report found.   As droves of new residents arrive in the Sunshine State, many are struggling to find affordable housing as the state’s condo market is in the doldrums.  Real-estate firm ISG World reported that 31 pre-construction condo buildings in the Miami region are primed to be turned into Airbnbs,   Read the article…………………………….
  • Aging condo structures seen as threat to Key Biscayne’s future (FL) May 13, 2024
    The safety of aging condominium buildings poses a l threat to the future of Key Biscayne, Village Manager Steve Williamson told council members Thursday at a strategy meeting for the upcoming budget.  “As you look at the condominiums, they’re all coming up on their 30, 40, 50-year certifications and the impact that has on the financial perspective, insurance perspective, which then all comes back to impact on the taxes as well,” Williamson said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire displaces 5 units at Casselberry condo complex (FL) May 12, 2024
    Five units at a condo complex in Casselberry were damaged in a fire early Sunday and displaced, according to the Seminole County Fire Department.  Units responded around 3:15 a.m. to Summit Village Condominiums, where the attic and inside walls of a unit were on fire, the department said in a statement  Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo signed contract, imposing monthly internet fee without a vote. Is that legal? (FL) May 12, 2024
    Question: Every unit in our condominium has always used their own cable and internet providers. Now, our board is forcing us into a mandatory monthly fee internet charge—pushed through with no member vote. Is this legal? How can the board increase our year-over-year expenses without the owners having a say?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can we give notice about a Board meeting electronically? (FL) May 11, 2024
    Q: What are the requirements regarding electronic Board meeting notices as governed by “Florida Administrative Codes, section 61B-75.002 Electronic Transmission of Notices”?      Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Regency Gardens Homeowners look to oust condo board that demanded $22k for special assessment fee (FL) May 10, 2024
    Residents in one Orlando condominium complex are fighting back after their condo association board asked each homeowner to pay more than $11,000 for a special assessment fee, due in just 3 months.   Channel 9 first reported that owners at the Regency Gardens Condominiums got notices saying their board planned to pass a special assessment on May 15th.  According to the notice, the smallest homes in the complex would need to pay $11,148.42 for the assessment, and the largest homes would ...
  • Florida tightens condo insurance claim deadlines to ease disputes May 10, 2024
    The law addresses a gap in the state’s condominium insurance requirements, previously marked by vague guidelines for when claims for loss assessment coverage had to be filed. Such coverage covers condominium owners’ financial responsibilities for damages to shared property areas. The legislation is a section of the broader Consumer Protection bill, HB 939, which encompasses various enhancements to consumer rights.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents in uproar about major tree-removal project (FL) May 10, 2024
    Social media in Sun City Center was ablaze recently when residents learned Tampa Electric Co. had begun clearing away all of the trees and shrubs in its easement along Rickenbacker Drive.  The Community Association was being inundated with phone calls, so Debbie Caneen, administrator of the Sun City Center Neighbors Facebook page and a Sun City Center Community Association Board member, contacted a TECO forester to get details on the project to share with residents.     Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Three times the amount’: Stuart condo board members concerned about costly fees after Surfside collapse (FL) May 10, 2024
    Condominium owners in Florida may have to dig a little deeper to pay their homeowners association fees and special assessments now that a new state law designed to make condos more resilient after the surfside condominium collapse in 2021 is expected to kick in before the end of the year.  Michael O’Connor, a condo board member of Harborage Condominiums in Stuart, understands the need for safety, but he believes the assessment fees are too costly.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Real estate Q&A: What can we do about new apartment’s surprise special assessment? (FL) May 9, 2024
    Q: We are in the process of purchasing an apartment. Our closing attorney received the report from the condominium association showing the monthly dues were current, and we were surprised to learn that a special assessment was pending because the sellers told us that none were. The contract also says that no special assessments are pending. We did not anticipate this additional financial burden when offering to buy the apartment. What can we do?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Boca Raton HOA Sued Over Electric Scooter Accident (FL) May 7, 2024
    A Boca Raton Homeowners Association is being sued by a man who claims the HOA’s poorly maintained parking lot led him to crash his electric scooter.  Robert Clarfield claims that the Villas of Boca Barwood is responsible for his accident.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Family jumps from second-story in St. Peters condo fire (FL) May 7, 2024
    Two adults and two children were transported to the hospital with smoke-inhalation injuries, according to the fire chief.  “They jumped from the second (floor) to the first. And then there was a little bit of space between the ground and that balcony. There was a neighbor that was assisting the family to get their little ones over the railing and down to the ground,” Schneider said.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Refund Rights Run with Title (FL) May 6, 2024
    Q: My condominium association board assessed seven thousand dollars per unit right after the Hurricane Ian in 2022, which I paid. The board has now decided they do not need the funds and have voted to return them to the owners. I sold my condo unit after the refund decision was made, but before the money was given to the owners. The board now says the refund should go to the new owner. I disagree. What do you say?    ...
  • Neighborhood dispute has HOA calling foul on youth ball field in East Sarasota (FL) May 6, 2024
    The president of a Sarasota homeowners’ association is calling foul on a church’s youth baseball field where he says lights were installed without proper permits and county officials refuse to enforce regulations.  After investigating the alleged violations, County officials dispute that they ignored zoning and building codes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Delray Beach HOA Goes To Real Court Over Sport Court (FL) May 5, 2024
    The Delray Beach gated community of Casabella is suing a Palm Beach County sport court installation company which allegedly took the community’s money and ran. Sport Surfaces of 7011 Wilson Road in West Palm Beach is the defendant.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A few owners are holding up move to hurricane impact windows that would save condo money (FL) May 5, 2024
    Question: I am on the board of our condominium. I have been charged with reviewing our ever-increasing insurance costs. After a review, it has been determined that we need to upgrade to impact windows and doors or shutters to save a substantial amount on our annual insurance bill. Out of 20 units, roughly five owners do not want to spend the money to upgrade their windows    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Florida tightens condo insurance claim deadlines to ease disputes May 4, 2024
    New legislation signed into law this week sets clearer, stricter deadlines for filing loss assessment coverage claims by condominium owners, aimed at reducing legal disputes and streamlining the insurance claim process.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida real estate struggles as ‘motivated’ sellers flood market May 4, 2024
    According to Redfin, the median time a Florida home spent on the market was 57 days in March. Two years earlier, that time span was just 24 days.  “It’s also coming at a time when HOA (homeowner association) fees are going up and insurance costs are going up, and people don’t want to pay these higher property taxes,” Fairweather said. “More new listings are coming on the market right now, too.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Does the selection of a contractor have to be done at a HOA Board meeting? (FL) May 4, 2024
    Q: When selecting a contactor to perform major work on the condominium buildings such as power washing or replacing roofs, does the selection of a contractor have to be done at a HOA Board meeting?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Recent court ruling threatens property rights of 2.5 million Florida condo owners | Opinion May 3, 2024
    More than 2.5 million Floridians enjoy the benefits of a condominium lifestyle. Multi-story towers allow residents to live close to beautiful views, their workplaces, their families, and/or fun recreational activities.  However, owning a condominium unit also comes with a significant financial obligation.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Automakers are revved up over condominium towers May 3, 2024
    It’s the hottest trend in the automotive industry, and it’s not electric vehicles or autonomous driving. It’s something far more prosaic and unlikely: the automotive-branded high-rise condominium tower.  It started with the Porsche Design Tower, which opened in 2017. The Bentley Residences followed in 2022,   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire engulfs condo unit in Shell Point Wednesday (FL) May 2, 2024
    A Shell Point condo unit caught fire late Wednesday morning, according to the Wakulla County Fire Rescue.  Once firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy fire, according to the fire rescue.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Costly Condo Concerns: New Florida laws could increase fees. Will the market remain resilient? May 2, 2024
    For condominium owners or buyers in Florida, it was a one-two punch, a vicious combination that nevertheless failed to put the market down and out, despite gloomy recent news reports describing a slumping condo market, Realtors and analysts say.    Read the article…………………………….
  • AFTER IAN: Still no insurance money for Bonita condos forced to spend upfront (FL) May 2, 2024
    It may look like paradise on Little Hickory Island, but for the residents of Dolphin Way of Hickory Point condominium complex the last year-and-a-half have been a disaster…..Then comes the battle with the insurance companies.  Boehme says the Homeowners Association has filed claims with two different insurance companies for more than $17 million but have only received $1.5 million.   Read the article…………………………….
  • “It’s shameful:” Condo board asks residents to pay more than $20,000 in special assessment fees May 1, 2024
    Owners at the Regency Gardens Condominiums got notices saying their board plans to pass a special assessment on May 15th.  According to the notice, the smallest homes in the condo will need to pay $11,148.42 for the assessment, and the largest homes, are will need to hand over $22.104.69. …. According to the condo board attorney Keith Skorewicz, the association must make up a more than $17 million dollar gap in reserve funding as required by State law.  For years, ...
  • Laketown Wharf evacuation latest (FL) May 1, 2024
    Several residents remain vacated after Panama City Beach officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Laketown Wharf on Front Beach Road.  Residents in 63 units have until Saturday at 6 p.m. to pack their belongings and relocate due to a safety hazard.  According to officials they received a complaint on April 4th from a guest about unsafe stairwells in the building. Inspectors did an evaluation and found that two of the high-rise condominium’s stairwells are structurally unsound.    Read the article…………………………….
  • From condo to co-op: can owners avoid Florida’s structural reserves law by changing labels? April 30, 2024
    Question: Can we convert to a co-op to avoid these onerous regulations?  Answer: Your question doesn’t specify which “onerous regulations” you are referring to. You simply labeled your question “condominium laws.” What I can tell you, though, is that cooperatives are governed by Section 719, Fla. Stat. (the Cooperative Act), which is extremely similar to, and just as “onerous” as, the Condominium Act (Section 718, Fla. Stat.).    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Roofing Changes Usually Require Member Vote (FL) April 29, 2024
    Q: Our condominium association is thinking about changing roofing materials. Our bylaws say that a majority of the unit owners who participate in a meeting can decide any issue, “unless a specific voting percentage is stipulated in the declaration, these bylaws or law.” Does this mean that a majority of the unit owners can approve a roofing change?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Batiki West opens back up – Fort Myers Beach condo building one of few back in operation (FL) April 29, 2024
    Like many other condo buildings on Fort Myers Beach, Batiki West was uninhabitable for more than a year after Hurricane Ian. It needed a new roof. It still needs a new elevator.  While many other buildings are still waiting to reopen though, Smith has been able to open Batiki West just in time for condo owners to get a taste of spring on Fort Myers Beach again. Island pastimes like enjoying Fort Myers Beach Lion’s Club Shrimp Festival were once ...
  • Millionaires slam developer for building luxury condos that block sun (FL) April 29, 2024
    The millionaire residents of a gated community that live on a secluded island in Miami say their private paradise has been destroyed, after the city allowed a developer to build a huge 91-foot high, seven story block of condos that now blots out the sunshine and their waterfront views.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hillsborough crews put out large fire at Brandon condo complex (FL) April 29, 2024
    Crews were met with heavy fire on the roof of one building that was spreading through the attic to other attached condo units. After the third alarm was issued, firefighters set up aerial operations to battle the blaze from above and had the fire under control in less than an hour.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Shotgun-brandishing Bayside HOA President arrested after threatening kids fishing and stealing their property (FL) April 28, 2024
    Police say that Kyle approached 3 kids who were fishing at a lake in the Stillwater Lakes subdivision in Palm Bay. The kids say he was bearing a shotgun and yelling at them to get off his property.  According to the police, the property belongs to the HOA, and not Kyle. The report states that Kyle willfully deprived the juveniles of their property and threw it into the woods damaging it.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can board members group text to keep updated on association business? (FL) April 27, 2024
    Q: We have seven board members on our board. Can we all be on a group text or is this considered a quorum? Two of our board members want to use this form of communication to keep everyone updated on what’s going on. One board member feels this is against state rules.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA residents who couldn’t get mail after box fell over (FL) April 26, 2024
    Rachel Sykes says she could see it coming. Her HOA neighborhood mailbox was rusty and then it fell over in early March.  She reported the issue to the post office, but getting a new mailbox has not been easy.  After a month of complaining, they did take away the old box but left no box at all.    Read the article…………………………….
  • 4,800 Claims Handled by Unlicensed Adjusters in Florida After Irma, Lawsuit Says April 26, 2024
    In one of the suits, brought by a Miami condominium association, the plaintiffs produced records they said showed that after Hurricane Irma, almost 4,800 claims for Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Co. were handled by unlicensed adjusters. Of almost 35,000 Heritage claims after Irma and Hurricane Michael, in 2017 and 2018, some 14% were handled by unlicensed adjusters, potentially in violation of state laws and regulations, according to the lawsuit filings.  Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Everyone is selling’: Florida condo owners feel crush of rising insurance costs April 25, 2024
    The rising cost of home insurance for one Palm Beach County condo is a story that seems to playing out at condos all across Florida.  “It’s shocking to watch in a few years to go from under $100,000 to pushing a half a million,” Christina Auer said. “It’s out of line.”  Insurance experts tell WPTV that the days of cheaper policies are not coming back.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida’s Home Insurance Industry May Be Worse Than Anyone Realizes April 24, 2024
    Seven property insurers in Florida went bankrupt in 2021 and 2022. The bankruptcies left thousands of homeowners scrambling to get new coverage, which often came with a big increase in cost. Worse, many had outstanding claims for hurricane damage that had not been addressed.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Months after partial ceiling collapse, Tamarac condo residents desperate for repairs (FL) April 24, 2024
    Some residents are living in a construction zone, months after rain and a beehive caused a partial ceiling collapse at the Bermuda Club Condominiums in Tamarac.  The 55+ older condo community shows signs of little to no work done in a couple of units impacted by February’s rain when a drain blocked by a beehive caused part of a ceiling to come crashing down.    Read the article…………………………….
  • 2 Articles on Florida’s Insurance Problems April 23, 2024
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  • More retired Floridians are returning to the workforce April 22, 2024
    Tampa Bay Times reporter Lauren Peace, who wrote about this issue, said some challenges facing Florida are an influx of newer residents and natural disasters. These have caused housing prices, insurance rates and home maintenance costs to rise.  “And then the last piece of it is, following the Surfside collapse, legislators passed a bill to make sure that condos and homeowners associations had a reserve pile of funds to do building maintenance and repairs. And so in a really short ...
  • Neighbor Cries ‘Fowl’ Over Chicken Ban (FL) April 22, 2024
    Q: My homeowners association inconsistently enforces its rules. Rules often overlooked include bans regarding permissible animals and owning chickens on the property – none of which have been properly enforced. The association issued a new owner a violation notice, even though other homeowners have been keeping chickens. Does this set a precedent for how these rules will be enforced in the future? How can the association ensure that it equally applies its rules to everyone?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Owner furious that condo’s no smoking at home policy ignored. Can neighbor be stopped? (FL) April 21, 2024
    Question: I live in a 55+ condo association. In 2015, we passed a strict “no smoking” bylaw. Smoking is not allowed on our property, including inside of units. When I was president, I had to get our attorney involved to get one renter who smoked in her rental condo to stop, even though she rented with the no smoking policy. This renter was deeded a unit nearer to my own by her deceased parents.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Must a property manager have a Community Association Management license? (FL) April 20, 2024
    Q: If the HOA hires a property management company, what tasks require the manager to have a CAM license and is it illegal to hire someone without a license? We have been told the manager of our community is covered under the management company’s license.  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Elderly man dies in condo fire on Jacksonville’s Southside (FL) April 19, 2024
    An elderly man died Friday morning in a fire at a condo complex on Jacksonville’s Southside, firefighters said.  The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. at the Lakecrest Condominiums on Belle Rive Boulevard, just east of Southside Boulevard.    Read the article…………………………….
  • State law passed after Hurricane Ian negates Sarasota’s move to control taller buildings (FL) April 19, 2024
    Aloophole in Sarasota’s development rules city officials closed last year has been reopened by a state law passed after Hurricane Ian, setting the stage for potential construction of the tallest building downtown and the opportunity for developers to build even more in coming months.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Prepping for a nightmare scenario: What happens if there’s a condo collapse in Volusia County? (FL) April 18, 2024
    This week, some are training on how to respond to what would be a true nightmare: A condo collapse in Daytona Beach Shores.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hosting the training at the county’s Emergency Operations Center at 3825 Tiger Bay Road Daytona Beach. Volusia County and chose the scenario. The county’s coastline is lined with condos and hotels, and some were evacuated as a precaution because of Hurricane Ian and Tropical Storm Nicole.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Surfside condo collapse investigators provide key insights into possible causes of the disaster. Here are the top takeaways (FL) April 17, 2024
    Federal investigators on Thursday shared updates on their probe into the cause of the catastrophic 2021 condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, providing key insights into the factors that may have led to the deaths of 98 people under a mountain of rubble.  Investigators have identified hundreds of possible points of failure in the building, eventually narrowing down about two dozen hypotheses of what could have triggered the collapse, officials with the National Institute of Standards and Technology said in a ...
  • ‘My serenity is being invaded upon’: Neighbors consider suing over code violations (FL) April 17, 2024
    In a deed-restricted neighborhood in Hillsborough County, some residents say they’re out of options to get neighbors to follow county code and deed restrictions.  In Hillsborough County, short-term rentals are allowed but must be rented out for at least seven days. One neighborhood in the county says it’s easy enough to find rental after rental available for stays shorter than a week.    Read the article…………………………….
  • New law mandates condo inspections for older buildings (FL) April 17, 2024
    Charlotte County sent notices to owners of 168 condominiums built decades ago that are at least three stories high, informing them the structures must undergo comprehensive inspections under a new state law.  Charlotte County Building Official Shawn McNulty explained what the new law means and how it came about during the Board of County Commissioners April 16 workshop session.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Supplemental Claims Don’t Need to Include Damage Estimates, Fed Appeals Court Says (FL) April 17, 2024
    A federal appeals court has, at least for now, put an end to lingering questions about some property insurance claims litigation: The insured does not need to submit a competing damage estimate when filing a supplemental claim if the policy does not require it.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo roofs are becoming nesting sites for threatened shorebirds. Here’s why. (FL) April 17, 2024
    As Florida’s wild natural beaches have become more and more scarce, beachside buildings with gravel rooftops have multiplied by the thousands. Shorebirds that nest in the sand have had to adapt.  Several species, including black skimmers, least terns, roseate terns and American oystercatchers, have taken to nesting on the plentiful gravel rooftops of buildings near the waterfront.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Developers pay $102 million for Naples waterfront condo community (FL) April 16, 2024
    A pair of Florida developers have bought a 2.5-acre beachfront property near the Naples Beach Club and plan to build a luxury condominium tower on the site.  BH Group and the Kolter Group, both from South Florida, paid $102.6 million for the property — which has 200 feet of beach frontage    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ponte Vedra condo residents claim HOA is targeting them with thousands in legal fees (FL) April 16, 2024
    A select group of people living at the Belleza at Ponte Vedra Condominium complex reached out to Action News Jax questioning the HOA’s authority to charge them thousands in legal fees.  Five residents living at Belleza tell Action News Jax the fees have been piling on for well over a year, claiming it all dates back to a project the condo’s board of directors approved back in 2020.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo advisor lays out how Florida’s market got so dire April 16, 2024
    In the wake of a 2021 Florida law, condo owners are facing a variety of new requirements and potentially massive fees. Following the collapse of Champlain Tower in Surfside, the legislature passed a statute requiring, among other things, that buildings over 30 years old (20 years on the coasts) be inspected and collect reserve capital from owners in order to make repairs. In some cases, these could result in assessments as high as $100,000 over the next year for individual ...
  • Low condo reserves could lead to crisis for owners. What’s the best approach? (FL) April 15, 2024
    In the past, some would assume that the motivation for serving on a condominium board was to leverage a prime parking spot. The more recent reality is very different, with board members’ decision-making history now being put under the microscope for claims of mismanagement and breach of their fiduciary duty. The scrutiny is justified.   Read the article…………………………….
  • What can owner do condo as new state rules, insurance costs drive steep fee hikes? (FL) April 14, 2024
    Dear Readers: This week, I wanted to remind everyone that the December 31, 2024 deadline for condominiums to obtain a Structural Integrity Reserve Study, or SIRS, is fast approaching. For any budget passed on or after December 31, 2024, the reserve funds mandated by this required report cannot be waived.    Read the article…………………………….
  • State legislators, Doral Mayor to have conference on new condo laws, issues (FL) April 13, 2024
    Florida State State Reps. David Borrero and Juan Carlos Porras and Miami-Dade State Attorney Assistant State Attorney John Perikles, division chief of the economic crimes unit, and Sgt. Carlos Luffi of the Miami-Dade Police economic crimes will participate in a day-long “information session” at the Doral Cultural Arts Center.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Is a ‘capital contribution’ of hundreds of dollars charged to new owners legal? (FL) April 13, 2024
    Q: The board of my condo association, which has over 400 units, has been charging and collecting a fee of around $900 from all new owners when they buy a unit and the fee is categorized as a “capital contribution.” Is such a capital contribution allowed under the Florida Condominium Act?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Sarasota residents raise concerns about new FEMA flood zone map (FL) April 13, 2024
    Some Sarasota County property owners who didn’t need flood insurance have gotten notifications from their mortgage lenders — about 6,000 homes were impacted after they were moved into FEMA’s new flood zone mapping. Up to 1,000 along the Honore Avenue axis in Palmer Ranch are also included.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Laketown Wharf Condominium Association’s response to evacuations (FL) April 13, 2024
    The Laketown Wharf Resort Condominium Association has responded to the mandatory evacuation of 63 units.  The owner’s association attorney is Brandon Burg. Burg issued a statement Friday morning saying they’ve hired an engineer to inspect the 2-stairwells deemed structurally unsound by Panama City Beach inspectors.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Is it safer? WPTV returns to community year after deadly alligator attack (FL) April 12, 2024
    Al Thomas and his family won’t forget what happened on the banks of a nearby retention pond on Feb. 20, 2023.  Their neighbor, Gloria Serge, walked her dog when a large alligator lunged out of the pond.  “He grabbed her leg, and he dragged her in, and they do that spinning,” said Thomas of the attack that killed the 85-year-old woman.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Urgent fix needed for South Florida condo owners as climate threatens structures April 12, 2024
    Florida condominium owners are getting buffeted from every direction, and it’s starting to hurt. Flooding, hurricanes, soaring insurance premiums, and now a new state law designed to protect residents physically but which could kill them financially, are intensifying into a powerful storm of consequences of past inaction.   Read the article…………………………….
  • “It’s ridiculous”: Five days & counting, but no power for some Collier condos (FL) April 12, 2024
    At least 16 units in an apartment complex in Collier County have been without power for nearly a week, leaving residents coping with lost food and increasing Florida humidity, and no electricity.     Read the article…………………………….
  • 2 Wynmoor Village employees arrested for allegedly stealing up to $10,000 worth of items from a resident (FL) April 12, 2024
    Two men have been arrested following a stunning crime at a South Florida condominium making the 83-year-old victim’s family ask questions.  Coconut Police Police said that a building manager and director of security who were employed by a Coconut Creek retirement community were arrested for allegedly stealing from one of its residents.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Island Winds reverses ban on Florida Audubon to allow shorebird nest monitoring (FL) April 11, 2024
    The Island Winds Condominium Association has lifted their ban on Florida Audubon from using their property to monitor shorebird nesting.  Dave Nusbaum, president of Island Winds Condominium Association, said the association’s ban was lifted after the settlement between the nonprofit and property owners Kurt Kroemer and Ed Rood over their lagoon walkover near the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area, and for Audubon dropping the lawsuit against the Town of Fort Myers Beach over the town council’s approval of a ...
  • Laketown Wharf residents given a 72-hour evacuation notice April 11, 2024
    For the second time this year, Panama City Beach officials are calling for a mandatory evacuation from a high-rise condominium.  Inspectors say a stairwell at the Laketown Wharf complex on Front Beach Road is structurally unsound. As a result, the city is requiring a number of residents to get out of their units by 5 p.m. Saturday.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Family of deceased man files lawsuit against Pompano Beach condo for failing to protect its residents (FL) April 11, 2024
    The family of a deceased man is suing a Pompano Beach condominium, which they said, is responsible for the death of their family member.  The family said 87-year-old Vincenzo Cammalleri died, and his friend is still badly ill, after getting infected with Legionnaires disease, a pneumonia that spreads when a bacteria is inhaled or when contaminated water is swallowed.  The family said Cammalleri and his friend got sick while using the condominium’s hot tub.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Kendall HOA, residents in uproar over 5G cell towers appearing in their neighborhoods (FL) April 10, 2024
    South Florida community is in an uproar over several 5G cellphone towers that are popping up in their neighborhood.  In the past few months, residents in Kendall have seen massive poles pop up on public sidewalks in the area of Southwest 117th Avenue and Killian Parkway. The homeowners said this is an issue that is also happening in Naples and Tampa.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Sweetwater condo residents upset after their cars were towed; management says vehicles didn’t have valid parking permits (FL) April 10, 2024
    Residents at a condo in Sweetwater woke up to find their cars gone, and they were shocked when they found out who had towed them. 7’s Heather Walker investigates.   No one wants to start their day this way.  Arely Correa, car towed: “We got up early in the morning to go to work, and we were surprised when both of our cars went missing.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Tampa Bay area condo owners grapple with increasing monthly costs April 10, 2024
    From skyrocketing insurance costs to hefty monthly fees, condominium owners in the Tampa Bay area are feeling the pinch, some even saying it could force them out.  At Town Shores of Gulfport, a 55+ community, more than 100 residents met with a panel of experts Tuesday afternoon to discuss what can be done to help.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Estoppel Certificates’ and Other Disclosures Explained (FL) April 9, 2024
    Q: I am in the process of selling my condominium unit and recently come across the term “estoppel certificate,” but I’m not quite sure what it means. Could you provide an explanation on exactly what kind of information is included on an estoppel certificate and just how much it typically costs to get one? I’d like to know whether it also covers any rule violations or possibly any other disclosures that I should be aware of before selling the unit.  ...
  • Construction concerns: 100+ lawsuits connected to company building homes in Tampa Bay area (FL) April 9, 2024
    The demand for housing across Florida has never been higher, and developers are building new homes at rapid rates. But some homeowners are concerned the quick builds are compromising quality, forcing ongoing repairs upon move-in.   Read the article…………………………….
  • What are Florida’s new homeowners association laws? How to find your HOA’s rules April 9, 2024
    More than 75 million Americans live in subdivisions, condo buildings and other communities with homeowner associations (HOAs) that require them to pay monthly fees and follow a set of rules.  And Floridians who live in places with homeowner associations now have laws protecting their right to know what their dues are paying for.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Anatomy of a fall: Florida condo case to decide who to blame for dangerous balcony April 8, 2024
    On the second day of vacation with his wife and kids, David Casey was sipping a glass of pinot noir on the balcony of a rented condo in the Florida Panhandle, taking in the night view of the beach.  As Casey leaned against the wooden railing on the third-floor unit in Seacrest, it suddenly gave way – “the next thing I knew, I was falling to the ground,” he said – and he plummeted backward into sand dunes and foliage ...
  • Legislature adds teeth to Florida’s community association fraud laws April 8, 2024
    In response to cases such as the alleged theft of more than $4 million at the Hammocks HOA in Kendall and the arrests of four of its former board members and one of their spouses, the Florida Legislature has passed two bills to strengthen criminal penalties for association fraud and malfeasance. The bills, which were passed with unanimous votes in both chambers of the legislature, are now pending final approval by Gov. Ron DeSantis.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighborhood nuisances: Can noisy pickleball courts, duck-feeding residents be stopped? (FL) April 7, 2024
    Question: Is there a way to make a resident stop feeding ducks when their neighbors object? I live in a community of villas which are reasonably close together. There is one resident who insists on feeding ducks on a regular basis. This has brought a great deal of consternation to surrounding neighbors who find duck excrement on their patios, driveways and surrounding areas.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Homeowners insurance carrier cutting Florida policies April 6, 2024
    Following recent major hurricanes like Ian and Nicole in 2022, and Idalia last year, Florida homeowners ought to prepare for increases of up to 23% this year, according to a new report by Insurify.  Condo owners, for example, are bracing for the state to rule on a more than 50% rate hike request by Castle Key and Amica Mutual Insurance companies.    Read the article…………………………….
  • “There’s something radically wrong here:” Are birds safe in Estero subdivision? (FL) April 6, 2024
    Frank Albergo loves living at Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club in Estero. So that’s why he says he called me, Estero’s Community Correspondent, when he noticed something happening in their back yards that made him nervous. Albergo said he and his neighbors were concerned for the health of the animals that live nearby.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Are we required to give notice of meetings to people who don’t live here all year? (FL) April 6, 2024
    Q: A large percentage of the owners in our condo building live out of town for at least part of the year. The board posts notices of all meetings on the bulletin board in one of the common area rooms of the building. Is the Board required to give these notices to the owners who don’t live in the building full time since they won’t see the posted notices in the building if they aren’t here?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • ‘I would blow it all up’: Suspect arrested for threats to Palm Beach condo board (FL) April 6, 2024
    A man was arrested in Palm Beach on Wednesday after he allegedly threatened to blow up a residential building during a condo board meeting.  According to the Palm Beach Police Department, Paul Cataldo was arrested shortly after an April 3 condo board meeting during which made statements about blowing up the building. He was booked on a count of threat to throw, project, place or discharge and destructive device.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Floridians hit by Ian will pay more for flood insurance. What can Tampa Bay learn? April 4, 2024
    Less than two years ago, Hurricane Ian destroyed more than 5,000 structures in Lee County in Southwest Florida and caused major damage to 14,000 others. Now, from rebuilding efforts, more bad news has emerged: A federal agency says local officials weren’t following its rules, so more than 100,000 local homeowners will face spikes in flood insurance rates later this year.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Want to buy an older condo? You may face up to $100K in extra costs (FL) April 3, 2024
    Realtor Leslie Pires of Bustamante Real Estate in Orlando remembers when condos were one of the less expensive ways to own a home.  “There was a time – even a few years ago – when someone could say, ‘I want a $1,500 monthly mortgage,’ and you’d show them a condo,” Pires said. “Now, I’d say, ‘Let’s look for a small home.’”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill to enhance condo safety measures post-surfside awaits governor’s signature (FL) April 3, 2024
    After the Champlain Towers South collapse killed 98 Surfside residents in 2021, the Legislature moved quickly to beef up structural inspections.  Those reforms continued last month, when the Senate voted 40-0 to approve HB 1021, which now awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Legislature Adds Teeth to Florida’s Community Association Fraud Laws April 2, 2024
    The article focuses on two bills to strengthen criminal penalties for association fraud and malfeasance that have been passed by the Florida Legislature with unanimous votes in both chambers.   . . . Both bills impose the exact same strict criminal penalties for a number of violations. They make it a first-degree misdemeanor to intentionally deface and destroy accounting records, or to fail to create and maintain them with ill intent     Read the article…………………………….
  • Post-Champlain Reforms Will Hit Aging South Florida Condos Hard April 2, 2024
    Some South Florida condo owners are in deep trouble.  Three years after the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla., regulations meant to prevent another building disaster are coming into effect — and look set to cost condo owners, especially those living in aging buildings.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida lawyer writes rules to win condo auctions for $100. Judges let him do it. April 2, 2024
    The auction of this Oakland Park condo is not normal by the standards of Florida foreclosure sales, but for attorney Brad Ira Schandler, the auctioneer that day, it’s straight from his playbook. As with nearly every foreclosure auction he’s involved in, he and his associates win.  The victorious bidder this morning? Schandler’s sister, Nadine August. She bought the property on behalf of a shell company created the day before the auction, and her brother signed the paperwork registering the company ...
  • Director Disqualifications Are Limited (FL) April 1, 2024
    Q: It recently came to light that one of our board members has an ongoing dispute with another unit owner, resulting in the unit owner taking out a restraining order against the board member. This is very concerning. Shouldn’t this result in the board member being removed from the board of directors of our association?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Court asked accelerate to unusual condo-vs-condo case in Key Biscayne (FL) April 1, 2024
    A Miami judge is being asked to put a quick end to a bizarre dispute in which two luxury Key Biscayne condominium associations are suing each other.  The question? Who pays maintenance fees when an individual property owner falls behind on payments.  A hearing in the year-long lawsuit has been set for April 23 before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens involving Key Colony Homeowners’ Association, the master association covering 1,179 units, and EmeraldBay, one of four constituent buildings in ...
  • Who pays the bill? Straub, Palm Beach Polo homeowners head to court over Big Blue Preserve (FL) April 1, 2024
    The 92.4-acre wetland, considered Florida’s largest remaining Cypress Hammock, has been the center of a decades-long legal dispute between Wellington and developer Glenn Straub.  Now Straub is suing the property owner’s association of Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club over the same claims that the village filled against his company for years: failing to preserve and enhance Big Blue.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Watershed ruling changes condo buyout landscape (FL) April 1, 2024
    Many condo terminations “just won’t work” following a recent appeals court ruling in Florida.  The ones that we have reported on over the past year or so are all likely in some sort of limbo, or dead in the water, sources tell me. Condo buyouts, the precursor to developers terminating associations to eventually develop new projects on the sites, were already hard to accomplish.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Former HOA president took course in property managing but should board have hired him? (FL) March 31, 2024
    Question: Our HOA board hired a resident of the community to be the HOA’s property manager. This individual was the HOA president (for several years) and resigned his board position to take the paid property manager position. He completed his certification immediately preceding taking the position. He had no previous property manager experience and services our community exclusively. Should the membership and/or the board have any concerns with this arrangement?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • “Wind Mit” inspections can reduce Florida home insurance premiums March 30, 2024
    Here in Florida, property insurance must go beyond a standard Homeowners policy. Because we experience hurricanes and tropical storms, windstorm and flood coverage are strongly recommended, and required when there is mortgage financing on your house or condominium.  Over the past few years, Florida property owners have been hit with significantly increased premium costs and even non-renewals from their insurance companies, leaving them scrambling to find coverage.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Can HOAs Ban Politicking? (FL) March 30, 2024
    Question: With the upcoming elections, our association is considering banning politicking in our community. They want to stop everything from door knocks to lawn signs, all in an effort to “keep the peace.” While I understand that community harmony is important and this will be another controversial election, I don’t think they are allowed to do this. Is this legit?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA rules and fees aren’t restrictive. They’re a trade-off for a better home. March 29, 2024
    My house is my home but it’s also an investment. Over time, I hope my property retains its value and appreciates.  I once owned a home in Florida without a Homeowners Association (HOA). On one side a neighbor parked his beat-up truck in the driveway. On the other, a homeowner landscaped with weeds. Needless to say, resale was affected.     Read the article…………………………….
  • More than 80 condo buildings due for milestone inspections in Volusia County (FL) March 28, 2024
    In Volusia, county officials are preparing to implement and review milestone inspections for 86 buildings following a new state law.  Senate Bill 4–D was created in response to the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida in 2021. The bill established milestone inspections, which assess the structural integrity of aging condominiums.   Milestone inspections are required for all condominiums and cooperative buildings that are at least three stories high and 30 years old. For condos that are within three miles ...
  • What is SB 4-D and why might it make your older condo suddenly unaffordable? (FL) March 28, 2024
    If you own a Florida condo over three stories tall and over three decades old, you may be seeing some serious association fee hikes coming soon……According to the SB 4-D bill, the deadline for inspecting buildings 30 years old and older is Dec. 31, 2024.   Read the article…………………………….
  • FIU interdisciplinary team supporting federal investigation into 2021 Surfside condo collapse March 27, 2024
    A team led by the federal government continues to investigate the 2021 partial collapse of Champlain Towers South, the 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, Florida, that resulted in 98 deaths and multiple injuries.  Now an interdisciplinary FIU team will contribute to the search for answers into what caused the disaster, its ramifications and precautions that can be taken to avoid such disasters    Read the article…………………………….
  • Climate change is threatening South Florida condo owners. The state should help them. March 27, 2024
    Florida condominium owners are getting buffeted from every direction and it’s starting to hurt. Flooding, hurricanes, soaring insurance premiums, and now a new state law designed to protect residents physically but which could kill them financially, are intensifying into a powerful storm of consequences of past inaction.   Read the article…………………………….
  • “Even more difficult.” Here’s how South Florida’s condo buyout landscape will shift following landmark ruling March 27, 2024
    The developer of the planned Edition Residences in Miami’s Edgewater is on unforeseen footing after a recent ruling that could cost it millions of dollars, and alter the landscape of future condo buyouts and terminations statewide.  Two Roads, a Miami and West Palm Beach-based development firm led by Reid Boren and Taylor Collins, completed a bulk $150 million purchase of Biscayne 21, a 13-story, 192-unit building at 2121 North Bayshore Drive, in 2022.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Miami Beach looks to hire a condo ombudsman (FL) March 27, 2024
    A call to find city funds to hire a condominium ombudsperson has been referred to Miami Beach’s Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee.  “In order to properly implement the Condominium Assistance Charter Amendment,” the resolution that city commissioners referred says, “the city should create a position for a professional with relevant experience assisting condominium and/or co-op owners in navigating city processes and working with other governmental agencies to facilitate the resolution of condominium-related issues.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • What drove Jewfish Key residents to petition for de-annexation? (FL) March 26, 2024
    Off the coast of Longboat Key’s north end, Jewfish Key is home to about 38 acres and eight properties. The property owners question whether it makes sense to be a part of Longboat Key.  On Jan. 16, the Jewfish Key Preservation Association, Inc. submitted a petition for de-annexation, or contraction, to the town of Longboat Key. The town is now required to conduct a feasibility study to determine if it makes sense for Jewfish Key to remain a part of ...
  • Urgent fix needed for South Florida condo owners as climate threatens structures March 26, 2024
    Florida condominium owners are getting buffeted from every direction and it’s starting to hurt. Flooding, hurricanes, soaring insurance premiums, and now a new state law designed to protect residents physically but which could kill them financially, are intensifying into a powerful storm of consequences of past inaction.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owner fears ‘best efforts’ language in law allows HOAs to scrimp on insurance protection (FL) March 26, 2024
    Question: I am troubled by your recent advice concerning condominium association insurance requirements. Your response stated that “the Condominium Act, at Section 718.111(11), provides that the association must secure ‘adequate’ property insurance, which insurance must be based on the replacement cost of the property …”    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Bill requiring Florida HOAs to provide residents with its rules unanimously passed March 26, 2024
    The state House and Senate have each unanimously approved a House Bill 1203 related to Homeowners’ Associations in Florida.  The legislation would require HOAs in the state to give each resident its rules and covenants and force them to let each person know of any updates to those documents.   Read the article…………………………….
  • EV charging in FL condos – can an Association prohibit owners from installing EV charging outlets in their assigned parking spaces? March 26, 2024
    EV charging in Florida condo buildings and communities is much more involved than having a charging outlet installed in the garage of your Single-Family Home.  Today we are doing an overview of Florida Condominium Owners Associations (COAs) allowing unit owners to install a dedicated charging outlet at their individual parking spaces, and/or the Association installing a shared charging station on the property for all owners to use.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Former Seminole County HOA manager accused of stealing $437K from HOA March 26, 2024
    Tammi Morrison, a former President of the Ashford Park Homeowners Association, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office after investigators say she stole $437,000 from the community association when her business managed the neighborhood.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Longtime Carrollwood Village HOA president reflects on legacy to community March 25, 2024
    “The job of the president of the homeowner’s association is to lead the board and get a decision made on a topic or an issue or opportunity — the object is to get the discussion going and they make the decision.  “All you can do is identify the opportunities and options, get to a consensus of the board that suits the majority of the community, but do it in a civil, cordial way.   Read the article…………………………….
  • From Now On…….HOA Directors Are On the Radar as Well (FL) March 25, 2024
    There’s no question that 2024 will be remembered as the year that both HOA and Condominium law were jolted. This week, let’s discuss how HOA directors can wind up behind bars.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Can condo board limit who can play on its pickleball courts? Resident fed up with crowd (FL) March 24, 2024
    Question: I live in a condominium, and there is an issue regarding the use of our pickleball courts. Some of the owners are allowing residents of other nearby communities to regularly join them in using the courts. Due to the limited number of courts, the use of the courts by outside guests is preventing unit owners from being able to use the courts during peak hours.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Crews respond to fire at Palm Harbor condo complex (FL) March 23, 2024
    Multiple units responded to a fire in the Cobbs Landing neighborhood of Palm Harbor Saturday afternoon.  A three-story condo complex, located at 3311 Haviland Court, sustained heavy damage, according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue (PHFR).    Read the article…………………………….
  • A perfect storm is coming to South Florida as maintenance fees threaten condo owners March 23, 2024
    A financial cliff may await Florida condo owners at the end of the year, as new regulations may cause association maintenance fees to skyrocket. Condo owners can take matters into their own hands to avert being shoved off the edge — but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida condo listings soar as sales sink amid high insurance rates, HOA fees March 23, 2024
    Florida condo owners are stuck in a rut as prices drop and mounting insurance rates and condo fees are scaring away buyers. It’s led to more condos sitting on the market for longer than single-family homes according to realtors in the Bay Area.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘It’s paradise lost’: Florida’s condo market is floundering March 22, 2024
    Shipman, like many Floridians, watched helplessly as the average cost of homeowners insurance across the state ballooned by about 40% in 2023 alone, with homeowners association (HOA) fees snowballing due to new condo regulations.  “I felt like Florida was such a paradise,” says Shipman. “Sometimes with the rising costs and everything, I feel like it’s paradise lost now.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Miami’s Villaggio Condo Residents Demand Tighter Security After Bold Daylight Mail Theft (FL) March 22, 2024
    Thieves have once again targeted the Villaggio in the Grove condominiums, striking in broad daylight and pillaging residents’ mail, according to surveillance footage from the Miami neighborhood. As 7News reports, on Wednesday, a masked man bypassed a supposedly secure call system entrance and proceeded to pry open multiple mailboxes before absconding with a bounty of correspondence and a package.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Sugarmill Woods man takes on the HOA machine March 22, 2024
    Disputes between residents and their homeowners associations (HOA) are commonplace and some can get downright nasty.  But the HOA that Jerry Carr belonged to – the Sugarmill Woods’ Cypress Village Property Owners Association – raised nastiness to another level entirely and led to a precedent-setting state intervention.  In fact, a state agency threw out the results of the 2023 HOA election.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Coconut Creek Leaders Consider Changes to Reduce Financial Strains on Homeowners Associations Due to Tree Rules (FL) March 22, 2024
    Coconut Creek homeowners association leaders recently came to the city asking for help.  Tree replacement in Coco Lakes is estimated to cost $200,000.   And there were more.  They were looking for assistance to replace dying trees and resolve other tree issues in their communities.  Those costs have fallen on homeowners through HOA assessments because of the city’s tree replacement ordinance.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida HOA Fees Jumping Higher In 2024 March 21, 2024
    On top of the high cost of property insurance, condo and homeowners are complaining about their local HOA fees increasing by hundreds of dollars each year, if not monthly.  “It’s no longer the big metro areas in the state seeing higher homeowner fees, it’s also hitting the smaller rural counties as well,”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Video captures crook breaking into mailboxes inside Coconut Grove condo (FL) March 20, 2024
    Police are searching for two crooks who broke into community mailboxes in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood; surveillance video captured the criminals in action.  It happened around noon on Wednesday at the Villagio in the Grove condominium building, at 2740 SW 28th Terrace.     Read the article…………………………….
  • NE Miami-Dade condo community deemed unsafe after failing 50-year recertification (FL) March 19, 2024
    Residents at a northeast Miami-Dade condo community are concerned after the county’s Unsafe Structures Unit declared the buildings “unsafe” for failing its 50-year recertification.  Vanessa Ortiz, a single mother of two, says she is moving out of the Jade Winds community because the conditions are too much for her to handle.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fraud charges at Kendall condo association illustrate need for effective safeguards (FL) March 19, 2024
    Alleged thefts at community associations during the last couple of years in Miami-Dade, Southwest Florida and other parts of the state have shined a spotlight on fraud in condominium associations and HOAs. New laws to add teeth to the criminal and civil penalties for association fraud were unanimously approved by both chambers of the Florida Legislature and now await the Governor’s signature, and these reforms would help associations that are victimized.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Candidates May Vote For Themselves (FL) March 18, 2024
    Q: My condominium association has a five-member board of directors. At our upcoming annual meeting, there will not need to be an election as there are three open seats and three candidates. However, the question has arisen as to how to conduct the organizational meeting to be held following the annual meeting where the board will elect its officers.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Allstate’s Florida Company Defends 54% Condo Rate Hike. Blames Reinsurance, Hurricane, Rapid Growth March 18, 2024
    When Allstate’s Florida unit, Castle Key Indemnity Co., entered the surging condominium insurance market in 2020, it looked like it had made a smart bet: Within two years, the carrier had added no fewer than 123,000 policies.  Then came reinsurance price increases and $56 million in hurricane losses.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers criminalize kickbacks and concealing records at condo, homeowners associations (FL) March 18, 2024
    Florida lawmakers boosted repercussions against community association board members and managers who go rogue, including criminalizing kickbacks and hiding records.  This session, the House and Senate passed two condo and homeowners associations bills. They require Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature to become final.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Post-tension cable snaps at Emerald Bay – Village says no safety concern (FL) March 18, 2024
    Village officials said Friday night they are monitoring a failure of at least one post-tension cable that snapped at the Emerald Bay condominium Friday that sent chunks of concrete flying in the luxury condominium’s garage. More than a dozen parking spaces were closed off with yellow caution tape and holes could be seen in the garage ceiling.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Owner wonders why Condominium Act limits board member terms while HOA Act does not (FL) March 17, 2024
    Question: The Florida Condominium Act, Section 718.112, limits condominium board member terms. Why are HOA boards not included in this statute?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Lauderhill leaders address public safety concerns at HOA event (FL) March 15, 2024
    City leaders gathered with department and homeowners association representatives Thursday to discuss a lengthy agenda of issues impacting Lauderhill, including public safety, taxes, code enforcement and storm water management.  “We do this community leaders breakfast about once every three to four months,” Commissioner S. “Ray” Martin said. “The idea is to make sure that we have a good exchange of information, and that you all can go back to your communities and share what’s going on with all of us.”  ...
  • Boynton’s Valencia Reserve is renovating clubhouse for $9.3M. Here is what homeowners will pay. (FL) March 13, 2024
    Homeowners in the Valencia Reserve development west of Boynton Beach have overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for the expenditure of $9.3 million to rebuild their 13-year-old, 42,000-square-foot clubhouse.  Each of the 1,043 homeowners will need to pay about $8,000 for what will be one of the most expensive renovation projects undertaken in Palm Beach County at a non-golf course community.    Read the article…………………………….
  • House toppeled the estoppel, preventing $100M in new HOA fees (FL) March 12, 2024
    The House in the waning hours of the 2024 Legislative Session stood its ground on the “Home Tax” bill dealing with estoppel certificates and who can pay for them. Its unwillingness to budge left the measure (HB 979) dead for the Session.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA ‘3 Minute Rule’ Questioned (FL) March 11, 2024
    Q: Our homeowners’ association board only lets residents speak at board meetings after taking a vote. They can only speak for 3 minutes in total. My understanding is that the residents should be able to speak before the vote, and they can speak for 3 minutes per item on the agenda. What is the rule on this?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • A Generator Bill That is Long Overdue (FL) March 11, 2024
    Until now there was no law in our Florida HOAs that would allow a home owner to install their own electrical generator with above ground or below ground gas tanks. Here we are, living in Florida with sometimes unbearable heat and humidity, we have a large elderly population, hurricanes generally hit in the hottest parts of the year, and yet there is no right to install an electric generator in your home.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida condo owners are stuck in a ‘train wreck’ as prices drop and mounting insurance rates scare away buyers March 10, 2024
    Owners are trying to unload units in the face of the skyrocketing costs of maintaining an apartment in Florida. At the same time, prospective buyers are driven away by those same fees.  “It’s definitely been a slow-motion train wreck,” said Joe Humphfner, who owns a condo in Jupiter, near West Palm Beach.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Does condo owner have recourse for common work that disrupts her peace and quiet? (FL) March 10, 2024
    Question: My 90-year-old mother comes down to Florida from Canada for health reasons and, of course, for the weather during the winter.  Last year we were informed her condominium would be lining the pipes. We informed them that she’s away for eight months a year and asked if they could please do the work during that time. We were assured that would be the case.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • ‘It’s paradise lost’: Florida’s condo market is floundering March 9, 2024
    Karen Shipman and her husband bought a second-story condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Florida when they retired in 2021, with the hopes it would be their last home.  Now, they’re no longer sure if they can afford to keep it.   Read the article…………………………….
  • E-bike battery ignites flames in Bonita Springs condo (FL) March 8, 2024
    Fire crews say the call came it just after 7:30 p.m., after multiple neighbors reported they could see smoke coming from a unit on the second floor.  The three-story building had to be evacuated as crews tried to put out the fire caused by an e-bike’s lithium-ion battery, according to Chief Greg DeWitt.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida Condo Mitigation Bill Passes but Other Insurance Bills Uncertain After Changes March 7, 2024
    A Florida pilot program to fortify coastal-area condominiums is on its way to the governor but other property insurance bills may have hit a snag after last-minute changes – with just two days left in the legislative session.  The state Senate on Wednesday voted 39 to 0 in favor of House Bill 1029, which had passed the House of Representatives last week without opposition. If signed into law, the bill will provide for matching grants so that condominiums can be ...
  • New videos released as officials give update on Surfside condo collapse investigation March 7, 2024
    Engineers studying the June 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside are releasing portions of video that confirm the sequence of visible events, but still cannot say whether the failure that triggered the collapse – what they call the “initiating event” – occurred out of sight, including in the pool deck, the parking garage or in the tower.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Legislature approves ‘Condo 3.0’ bill to boost board accountability, building safety (FL) March 6, 2024
    Malfeasant condo board members and associations that for years have skirted Florida law through loopholes in state statutes may soon face a reckoning due to a reform package now bound for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.  Lawmakers unanimously passed HB 1021, which will overhaul state laws governing condo oversight and management by holding condo buildings and their boards more accountable for their maintenance, repairs, reserves and recordkeeping.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 2024 Legislative Session: What changes can condo residents & homeowners expect? (FL) March 6, 2024
    With the 2024 Florida Legislative Session winding down, the legislature has days to approve reforms for how Condo and Homeowners’ Associations operate.  We spoke with one of the bill sponsors for more than a half-hour Tuesday morning about the progress and what changes condo residents and homeowners can expect.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Family of alligator attack victim sue (HOA) for $7 million (FL) March 6, 2024
    Following a deadly alligator attack in July of 2022, the family of the 80-year-old victim – Rose Marie Wiegand – is taking legal action against the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club.  Her family is now seeking $7 million in damages from the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club’s homeowner’s association, who they claim to be negligent in taking care of their property and clearing ponds of dangerous wildlife.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Miami high-rise resident pulled rifle on man after ‘incident’ with HOA manager, cops say (FL) March 5, 2024
    A verbal argument that “became physical” escalated when a resident of a downtown Miami high-rise pulled a rifle on another man, police said.  According to an arrest report, the whole thing stemmed from an “incident” earlier that day involving the building’s homeowners association manager.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Collier, Lee condo fraud: Owners of management company indicted on federal fraud charges (FL) March 5, 2024
    The owners of American Property Management Services, who allegedly stole millions from dozens of Southwest Florida community associations, have been indicted by a federal grand jury.  The 17-count indictment, filed in January, charges Orlando Miserando Ortiz and his wife Lina Munoz Posada with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and failure to file income tax returns.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Expanding My Safe Florida Home Program to condos March 4, 2024
    As Florida’s 2024 legislative session ends Friday, lawmakers are hoping to push a bill to expand the My Safe Florida Home Program to condo associations across the finish line.  The My Safe Florida Home Program currently offers up to $10,000 in state grant money for single-family homeowners to harden their homes with the goal of bringing down their insurance rates.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Owner Questions Board’s Contracting Authority (FL) March 4, 2024
    Q: Recently, my condominium association authorized a major construction project. The contract for the work is several million dollars in value. The board of directors voted to move forward with their preferred contractor and authorize the president to sign. Isn’t this the type of contract that must be voted on by the owners?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo owner: Can I attend membership meetings along with my designated power of attorney (FL) March 3, 2024
    Question: If a condominium unit owner submits a “limited power of attorney” form to their association secretary listing a non-resident in that condominium association as their representative to speak and act on their behalf at membership meetings, does the owner forfeit the right to attend alongside their “attorney?” What if the owner happens to be on the board? Can they and the limited power of attorney representative simultaneously attend?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Florida’s unscrupulous HOAs contribute to our high cost of housing (Op/Ed) March 2, 2024
    A year ago, the headline above a Miami Herald editorial posed a provocative question – “Is America’s worst homeowners’ association in Miami? – and then answered: “It’s starting to look that way.”  The editorial was a follow-up to a series of Herald reports on what authorities had found once they were finally able to peel back the curtain and document years of criminal activity in Miami-Dade’s Hammocks Community Association.     Read the article…………………………….
  • House passes ‘Condo 3.0’ reforms to strengthen safety, board accountability, enforcement (FL) March 1, 2024
    Condominiums across Florida and the boards that oversee their maintenance and repairs could soon be held to stronger standards through legislation the House just passed.  The bill (HB 1021) cleared the chamber on a 111-0 vote after little discussion. As they did during its committee stops, lawmakers uniformly agreed the changes are much needed and long overdue.    Read the article…………………………….
  • GL Homes settles lawsuit with Valencia Sound; HOA will refund buyers charged $5,000 (FL) March 1, 2024
    The homeowners association for Valencia Sound near Boynton Beach has refunded nearly $100,000 to recent buyers who were improperly charged a $5,140 “capital contribution fund by the HOA.”  The refunds were the result of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by GL Homes, which sued the HOA for charging its buyers the $5,000 when the rules, adopted by the homebuilder, barred such a fee from being levied.   Read the article…………………………….
  • DeSantis says Citizens isn’t solvent. What would happen if it can’t pay out claims? (FL) March 1, 2024
    Florida homeowners shouldn’t rely on Citizens Property Insurance if a severe storm strikes the Sunshine State in the upcoming hurricane season, is the message relayed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on CNBC’s “Last Call,” which aired on Tuesday.  Echoing concerns serious enough to instigate an investigation by the Senate Budget Committee into whether Citizens could afford to pay out claims if such a storm hit the state, DeSantis admitted the state-backed insurer of last resort wasn’t solvent.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida family in legal fight with HOA over backyard pool construction (FL) February 29, 2024
    Who knew a tiny pool could cause such a major headache? Leo and Maidolys Aguado saved for years to build a pool for their six and twelve-year-old daughters. However, they made a big mistake by hiring the contractor before asking the Whispering Oaks Home Owners Association for permission for the project last August.   Read the article…………………………….
  • NSB stops new development in Venetian Bay neighborhood until flooding issues are resolved (FL) February 29, 2024
    The City Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt an emergency ordinance temporarily halting building permits issued in New Smyrna Beach’s Venetian Bay neighborhood.  The recurrence of flooding incidents in the area has resulted not only in property damage concerns but also in public health and safety concerns for affected residents, who are calling for a resolution to problems identified in the area’s stormwater system.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Budget conference: After brief snub, Senate agrees to $30M for condo-hardening program (FL) February 29, 2024
    After briefly offering nothing, Senate lawmakers have agreed to spend $30 million on a proposed pilot program to help condo owners strengthen their properties against seasonal storms.  House lawmakers proposed the nonrecurring expenditure Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Senate held out on committing anything to the program.  That changed Wednesday at 9 p.m., when the Legislature’s upper chamber concurred with the House’s earmark plan, offering the full $30 million to the My Safe Florida Condominium Pilot Program.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Pasco golf course-turned-forest nears resolution, at least for some neighbors (FL) February 29, 2024
    Now the Lowman Links property is under contract with Ryan Homes, which plans to build 218 homes, a developer’s representative told Pasco planning commissioners last week. Part of the agreement also included an offer to two of the community’s village homeowners associations that back up to the golf course property.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New roof or roof coating? Insurance companies enact new restrictions on roof coverings (FL) February 28, 2024
    It’s an option many homeowners make, opting to make improvements to their roof without a full roof replacement. But one condo association said their route of getting a silicone coating instead of a new roof has them at risk of being dropped.  Barbara Schmal is the treasure of the Water’s Edge Condo Association in Largo. She emailed ABC Action News after she was notified Citizens Insurance no longer accepts silicone coating as a replacement for a roof, now putting all ...
  • Bill expanding oversight, accountability of condo boards clears final Senate committee (FL) February 27, 2024
    Legislation to shore up Florida’s condo laws and give state regulators more power to punish unscrupulous board members is bound for the Senate floor after clearing its final committee with uniform support.  Passing the measure (SB 1178) would mark a major overhaul of state statutes governing condo oversight and management by providing for criminal penalties for records violations, kickbacks and condo board election fraud.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Jewfish Key homeowners seek separation from Longboat Key (FL) February 27, 2024
    The Longboat Key commission is navigating legal waters around Jewfish Key.  The Jewfish Key Preservation Collective, which acts as a homeowner’s association for property owners on the key, requested disengagement from the municipal boundaries of Longboat Key Dec. 19, 2023.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Term Limit Law Still 2 Years Away (FL) February 26, 2024
    Q: My condominium association will be having its annual meeting soon, which will include an election for members to the board of directors. Some of our board members have served for numerous years, and I understood that there are now term limits on the number of years a board member could serve. What is the current status of term limits for condominium associations?     Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Florida’s Condo Prices Are Falling As Cost of Insurance and HOA Fees Skyrocket February 26, 2024
    Prices of condos in major Florida metros are dropping year over year, and sales are declining. New condo listings are soaring as sellers try to offload their properties. That differs from the U.S. as a whole, where condo prices are rising, sales are holding steady and new listings are increasing at a much slower rate.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners Association Manager Embezzled Nearly $25K: Pinellas Sheriff (FL) February 26, 2024
    A former homeowners association manager faces charges after embezzling nearly $25,000 from the association, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Why should my HOA pay to clean a private pond that borders only a handful of homes? (FL) February 25, 2024
    Question: We are a condominium association. We have a common element pond that is maintained with association funds.   There is another pond that we do not own but that backs up to three or four homes in our community. For over 25 years, no community funds were used to clear or clean this pond. However, the pond is poorly maintained, and there has been zero luck in getting in touch with the owner of the pond. Our president told one ...
  • Suspects in Arlington condo graffiti incident have agreed to turn themselves in, pay for damages (FL) February 24, 2024
    In an act of taking responsibility, three individuals who were videotaped vandalizing condominiums in Arlington have agreed to turn themselves in and pay for the damage they caused.   Action News Jax has been following this story since Saturday when surveillance video reportedly captured several people vandalizing homes at Teakwood Villas.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Justice Dept. seeks forfeiture of Russian businessman’s Bal Harbour condos (FL) February 23, 2024
    Authorities announced Thursday that a civil forfeiture complaint was filed against the condos owned by sanctioned Russian businessman Viktor Perevalov, the co-owner of a Russia-based construction company that was sanctioned for building a highway in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that Russia seized in 2014   Read the article…………………………….
  • Arlington vandalism suspects have until Friday to avoid charges, condo’s HOA said (FL) February 23, 2024
    Several suspects accused of vandalizing Arlington condos have until Friday to avoid charges. That’s according to the complex’s HOA.   Neighbors and the HOA were ready to make some improvements to the property this week. But they found explicit pictures and swear words on walls and stairs that might change those plans.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Magnolia Point residents challenge amenity fees imposed by Community Association (FL) February 23, 2024
    Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club is quietly nestled behind guarded gates, surrounded by a matrix of moss-draped oaks and magnolia trees. The community is a sanctuary of solitude and affluence, where a semi-private golf course ambles throughout the 1,000-acre development.  But hidden in seemingly picture-perfect seclusion is chaos. The stylish, if not privileged, setting has been disrupted by a growing clash among residents concerning an annual Use Agreement payment of $450,815 to the golf and country club owners for ...
  • Miami Herald Column on Addressing the Presence of Crocodiles in Community (FL) February 22, 2024
    he article, which is titled “Crocodile in Community Generates Effective Response Chronicled in TV Newscasts,” focuses on a couple of recent news reports on 7 News Miami (www.wsvn.com) that illustrated how potentially dangerous wildlife incursions can impact local communities. It reads:  . . . The first report chronicled how residents at the Bay Colony Club in Fort Lauderdale woke up to scary sight: a scaly saltwater crocodile lounging the day away on their dock. The large and potentially dangerous reptile ...
  • House amends estoppel certificate measure in a compromise with HOAs (FL) February 22, 2024
    The House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote amended legislation that would prohibit homeowner or community associations from charging homeowners and buyers for estoppel certificates to alleviate concerns among industry leaders.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Demolition Underway at Deteriorating Condo Building in Coral Springs (FL) February 22, 2024
    Demolition is underway of a decrepit condominium in Coral Springs, despite a request from a potential investor to save the building.  In 2021, the city declared the former Villa Bianca condominium at 3990 Woodside Drive to be unsafe, leading to the relocation of residents in 15 of the 16 units.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Castle Key (Allstate) Defends 53.5% Condo Rate Hike, Blames Reinsurance, Ian, Rapid Growth (FL) February 22, 2024
    When Allstate’s Florida unit, Castle Key Indemnity Co., entered the surging condominium insurance market in 2020, it looked like it had made a smart bet: Within two years, the carrier had added no fewer than 123,000 policies.  Then came reinsurance price increases and $56 million in hurricane losses.    Read the article…………………………….
  • North Miami Beach condo residents still not allowed in their homes, association won’t answer questions about delay (FL) February 21, 2024
    It’s been nearly three years since residents of a North Miami Beach condo building were forced out of their homes because it was deemed unsafe.  Those residents are still not allowed to go back home.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill that would provide $175,000 to stormproof condos nears finish line (FL) February 21, 2024
    Condominium associations near Florida’ coast will get access to $175,000 per association in state funds for storm-proofing projects under a House bill that’s nearing the finish line. The Senate version of the bill does not have a cap.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Association ‘Sunshine Laws’ Questioned (FL) February 20, 2024
    Q: I was recently elected to the board of my condominium association. I thought we had to follow Florida’s sunshine laws, but our long-time president said this is not true. She claims we can meet whenever we want as long as no votes are taken, or assessments are not going to be made. Is this correct?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • ‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL) February 19, 2024
    Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations.  Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units.  But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Bolton Says He Won’t Accept Benefits From Tamarac’s Shaker Village Deal (FL) February 19, 2024
    Tamarac city commissioners on Wednesday voted to keep the controversial deal to buy Shaker Village’s clubhouse alive through at least December 31 while a lawsuit challenging the land sale plays out.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owner wonders about enforcement regarding flags, posters of support hanging in windows (FL) February 18, 2024
    Question: I live in a community governed by an HOA, and I have a question regarding flags and posters in windows.  As a result of the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7, many of our residents put American and Israeli flags on their homes as a show of support. Many of them also put posters of the hostages held by Hamas in their windows.  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Woman stole over $200K from Clearwater condominium complex, police say (FL) February 17, 2024
    A St. Petersburg woman was arrested Friday after police say she stole over $216,000 from a Clearwater condominium complex while she worked there as a property manager.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Mother-daughter-boyfriend trio accused of defrauding West Kendall HOA; 2 arrested (FL) February 16, 2024
    Thirty-eight-year-old Yasnely Pedroso had once been fired from the Westwind Lakes Garden Homes Condominium Association, Inc. for destroying records, among other things, according to police.  Enter her mother, Idoris Pedroso. According to Miami-Dade police, when the 63-year-old became board president, she rehired her daughter as an assistant.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Army veteran whose condo insurance jumped 563% last year takes crusade to Tallahassee (FL) February 16, 2024
    Thomas Baker, the Daytona Beach Shores condo owner who complained about his building’s property insurance rate rocketing up 563% last year, took his concerns to Tallahassee this week.\  Unlike the lobbyists in their business suits, the 80-year-old Vietnam veteran and U.S. Army retiree wore his uniform to stand out in the Florida Capitol halls.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Erosion causes concern for beachfront condominiums in Palm Beach (FL) February 15, 2024
    Concerned residents of Palm Beach oceanfront condominiums told the Town Council this week that erosion is a growing concern — and Palm Beach staff say help is on the way, though not before hurricane season.  Representatives from two condominiums spoke to the council during Tuesday’s meeting, saying properties on the town’s South End were hit hard by massive waves that caused serious erosion    Read the article…………………………….
  • Real estate Q&A: What if someone can’t pay ‘rather large’ special assessment? (FL) February 15, 2024
    Q: Our condominium association recently passed a rather large special assessment to get some work done that we do not have enough money in reserve to cover. Times are tight, and some of our neighbors will have trouble paying. What happens if someone is unable to pay a large special assessment?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Inside the battle for the Hammocks HOA’s future leadership (FL) February 14, 2024
    Over a year after five people were charged with running a massive fraud at the Hammocks, the homeowners association is again embroiled in contention.  Court-appointed receiver David Gersten has been overseeing the HOA since the November 2022 arrests of four ex-board members and a fifth person.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida storm-proofing grant program may expand to condos February 14, 2024
    There is bipartisan support in the Florida House for a proposal giving condo associations money to harden their buildings against hurricanes.  The proposal (House Bill 1029) is a pilot program designed to expand the My Safe Florida Home Program. It would allow condo associations, like residential homeowners, to pursue matching grant dollars    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Condo 3.0’ bill boosting safety, board accountability heads to final House panel (FL) February 13, 2024
    A bill designed to give teeth to Florida’s condo laws and ensure that condo board members are honest and accountable is now one House committee OK shy of a floor vote.  Members of the House State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee voted unanimously to advance the measure (HB 1021) after approving a pair of amendments to support the bill’s aims.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida Lawmakers Advance Bill Cracking Down on Condo Boards February 13, 2024
    Since the tragic Surfside condo collapse in 2021 that killed 98 people, Florida lawmakers have passed several laws to improve safety. Today, the Senate appropriations committee advanced a bill that will help control rogue condo boards and provide residents more oversight.     Read the article…………………………….
  • LOCAL NEWS Residents at Ramblewood East condo community hope for changes after board association election (FL) February 13, 2024
    For the first time in many years, change may be coming to the sprawling Ramblewood East condo community in Coral Springs.  On Monday, residents in the gigantic community of more than 1,000 units were voting on who would serve on the condo association board.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Castle Key’s 54% Condo Rate Hike Gets Hearing, Showing New Pressures in Florida February 13, 2024
    The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation next week will hold hearings on two property insurers’ requests for 54% average rate increases, one of which has already affected more than 105,000 condominium unit owners.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Repairs have started for Tower III at Calypso Condominium Association (FL) February 13, 2024
    Panama City Beach officials are working to get people back in their condo units as quickly as possible after people at Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominiums had to vacate the building by Sunday morning due to structural issues.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Jacksonville condo owners shocked after being told they need to pay $13,000 by summer to make repairs to complex (FL) February 13, 2024
    Owners at a Jacksonville condo complex are stressed because they were recently told they need to pay up to $13,000 for improvements by this summer.  The Board of Directors recently approved a special assessment for almost half a million dollars which means some units will have to pay almost $13,000 by June 30.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominium Association, Inc. releases statement on Tower III vacate orders (FL) February 11, 2024
    Legal representatives for the Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominium Association, Inc. have sent out a release regarding the recent Order to Vacate Property for the resort’s Tower III, issued by the City of Panama City Beach Building Department.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owner asks: But aren’t pools ‘private’ areas too, with regard to use of security cameras (FL) February 11, 2024
    Q: I read with interest your answer to a question regarding security cameras pointed at a pool. While I do agree on the basic premise of public spaces and expectation of privacy, what if we assume that the condo pool is a public place as well as a private place?     Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • City orders evacuation at Panama City Beach condo (FL) February 10, 2024
    “On Thursday night, February 8, 2024, the city received a concerning report from Slider Engineering Group, Inc., following a structural inspection of all guardrails in Calypso Tower III,” city officials wrote in a letter to the condo owners. “The findings reveal significant structural integrity issues, particularly with the guardrails on the east side of the building (facing the garage). The report categorically states that these conditions pose an immediate danger to the health and safety of all occupants.”    Read the ...
  • New condo requirements bringing financial burdens to Volusia County owners, renters February 10, 2024
    “That was this was a wake-up call because what’s been going on, was there are millions of dollars of repairs at certain buildings, and the condo associations are hamstrung because you have to either have the reserves or you don’t,” said John Cadden, Condominium Advisory Group managing principal.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Threats against Loxahatchee HOA members lead to discovery of explosive devices: Sheriff (FL) February 10, 2024
    The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Bomb Squad discovered multiple types of suspected explosive devices in the home of a man accused of making threats against members of a homeowners association, a probable cause affidavit stated.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Spanish Main Yacht Club installs $1M of potable water pipes (FL) February 9, 2024
    Chairman of the Water Committee Tom Freiwald said Spanish Main Yacht Club was a 55-plus community in both the age of its residents and potable water lines.  Due to repeated system failures, the Spanish Main Yacht Club had to replace its potable waterRead the article……………………………. lines, which were original to the condominium’s construction in 1966.
  • Strike-all Amendment to HB 1021 (FL) February 8, 2024
    Representative Lopez’s HB 1021 just passed the Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee with a strike-all amendment without objection and will be heard next in the State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee. The Senate counterpart to this bill, Senator Bradley’s SB 1178, does not currently match up.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Tenant says mold grew for 3 years in Downtown condo while condo board stalled repairs (FL) February 8, 2024
    It’s one of the premier luxury condos in downtown Jacksonville, however a resident at Berkman Plaza says his experience has been anything but luxurious.  Nearly 3 years ago a pipe burst on the 10th floor of Berkman Plaza and created massive damage in Nick Rosado’s 8th floor condo. Rosado is still trying to get his condo repaired and says the condo board is standing in the way of the repairs.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Former condo manager files whistleblower suit, saying he was scapegoat for $105,000 scam (FL) February 8, 2024
    Former property manager Tony Rodriguez claims in a lawsuit he was unfairly fired from his position of 25 years at the Botanica Condominium by an abusive board for a $105,000 email fraud that was not his fault.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Oldsmar woman accused of using $25K in HOA funds to pay her own bills (FL) February 8, 2024
    An Oldsmar woman is accused of using nearly $25,000 in funds from the HOA where she was a manager to pay her own bills, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.    Read the article…………………………….
  • MDFR evacuate tenants following fire at Sunny Isles Beach condominium (FL) February 6, 2024
    On Monday around 8 a.m., 7Skyforce was overhead as MDFR was on the scene at Parque Towers, located on the 300 block of Sunny Isles Boulevard, where they had all their equipment out to battle the flames inside.Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida condo policies could exit Citizens Property Insurance Corp. February 6, 2024
    Florida regulators last week approved a plan that could lead to condominium-association policies leaving the state’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp.Read the article…………………………….
  • What happens to owners on fixed incomes when homeowner or condo association fees double? (FL) February 4, 2024
    Question: Recently our association fees went from $1,400.00 quarterly to $2,600.00. My question is, what is the worst that can happen to me if I am unable to pay? I will have difficulties coming up with that fee being a disabled Vietnam veteran.Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Florida’s “Sunshine Law” applies to Condo and HOA board meetings, too February 4, 2024
    Florida’s Sunshine Law was first passed by the State Legislature in 1967 and requires that meetings conducting the official business of State, County, and municipal boards, commissions, and agencies are open to the public.Read the article…………………………….
  • Deteriorating Condo Set for Demolition As New Investor Hopes to Save Building and Refurbish It (FL) February 3, 2024
    According to a statement from the city, the homeowners of Villa Bianca owe more than $12.5 million in fines associated with inadequate care and maintenance of the building.Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: How can an outdated declaration of condominium be updated? (FL) February 3, 2024
    Q: I am a new member on the board of directors of my condo association. I ran for the board because there are a few issues that I felt the past board was not addressing. One of which is that the declaration needs to be updated as it is from the 1970s and we are stuck with the following out of date requirements.Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • An Orange County neighborhood ripped out its septic tanks to protect Wekiwa Springs. Now it’s sorry. (FL) February 2, 2024
    The gated community of more than 180 homes was the first of 17 neighborhoods in Orange County near the springs to buy into a septic-to-sewer conversion, a multiphase project originally estimated to cost $123 million.Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL) February 2, 2024
    Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations. Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units. But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award.Read the article…………………………….
  • Commentary: New frontiers in mediation with passage of ‘HOA Bill of Rights’ (FL) February 1, 2024
    In 2023, the Florida Legislature passed the “Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights.”The bill enacted new laws addressing aspects of homeowners’ association management, including meetings of the board of directors and notice requirements, conflicts of interest of officers and directors, voting irregularities and the destruction of, or refusal to allow, inspection of official HOA records.Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida lawmakers may offer hurricane hardening program to condo association February 1, 2024
    What the state considers a successful grant program to help harden Florida homes against hurricanes took a big step closer to sticking around for another year.Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents creeped out by security cameras aimed at pool from condo president’s windows (FL) January 30, 2024
    Question: One of the residents of our condo association (who also happens to be the board president) has put security cameras in his apartment windows pointing out onto the common areas of the complex (pool, barbeque, cabana, firepit). Some of the residents recently noticed these cameras in his unit and it made them uncomfortable. They felt it was kind of creepy that cameras could be watching them at the pool or while they were socializing.
  • HOA Q&A: Can someone who has power of attorney for a property sit on the board? (FL) January 30, 2024
    Q: A unit owner has given her daughter a Power of Attorney granting her authority to deal with all matters related to her unit. The daughter has now submitted herself as a candidate for the Board of Directors arguing she will serve on behalf of her mother, the unit owner. Our bylaws require a director be an owner or a spouse of an owner. Is the daughter eligible to run and serve on the Board?
  • HOA Q&A: Can the condominium association have someone enter my unit when I am not home? (FL) December 30, 2023
    Q: What rights does a condominium association have to enter my unit when I am not home?   Read the Q&A……………………………
  • Association Wants to Go ‘Paperless (FL) December 26, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association wants to go “paperless” as much as possible for our meetings and move to “virtual” meetings both for convenience and cost savings. Do you have any guidelines on what this involves?   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Condominium fire claims life of 29-year-old woman in Tamarac (FL) December 26, 2023
    A condominium fire claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman in Tamarac, Tuesday.  Emergency responders arrived at Versailles Gardens Condominium, located at 7900 S. Colony Circle, around 3:30 a.m. where they reported no other injuries,    Read the article……………………………..
  • Florida Legislature to Pass Law Prohibiting Associations From Charging Estoppel Fees December 23, 2023
    Of all the subjects I never would have thought I would be writing to you about, it is this: the Florida Legislature is dangerously close to passing legislation that prohibits a Florida community association from charging a fee for the preparation and delivery of an estoppel certificate!!!   Read the article…………………………….
  • Client Alert: Florida Senator Proposes Creation of State Database for Homeowners Association Information December 22, 2023
    On December 13, 2023, Florida State Senator Rodriguez filed Senate Bill 942 (2024), which, if adopted, would require the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to establish a searchable database of certain homeowners associations’ information no later than July 1, 2025.  Read the article………………………….
  • Condo Association Presidents Say FL Seniors May Face Rising Fees and Trouble Selling Due To New Law December 22, 2023
    A new condominium safety law that will affect Florida condominiums was crafted following the Surfside, Florida condo collapse in 2021. A couple of provisions of the law require inspections of some condominiums as well as monetary reserves for future necessary repairs, according to Bay News 9 reporting in September 2023.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Stricter standards, requirements seen in construction of new island condos (FL) December 22, 2023
    The collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside two and a half years sent shock waves through the Florida condo market, raising fears of additional collapses in older residential buildings.  But stricter inspection and repair requirements put in place in 2022, a year after the disaster, have provided some sense of security for residents in older condos – and new condos recently built or under construction in 32963 are far more structurally sound than the 12-story building    Read the article………………………….
  • Town Hosting Special Condo Association Meeting (FL) December 22, 2023
    The town of Fort Myers Beach Town Council is hosting a special meeting with condo association presidents and residents on January 11th at 9AM. The council wants to address any questions condo associations have that might help them get open sooner.   Read the article……………………………..
  • 14 Condo Assn’s. Fined for Sea Turtle Violations (FL) December 22, 2023
    Under Marco’s Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance, “after one warning in a calendar year, excluding an irreparable event (a sea turtle dies) the following shall apply:”    Read the article………………………………
  • How a 1970s clerical error paved the way for Mattamy Homes to build on shuttered golf course (FL) December 22, 2023
    Circuit Court Judge G. Joseph Curley recently ruled that Mattamy Homes was not bound by an agreement signed in the 1970s that restricted the use of the golf course to recreational activity because the agreement was never formally recorded with the Palm Beach County Clerk’s Office.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Central Florida lawmakers work to reduce fines that can be issued by HOAs (FL) December 21, 2023
    Two lawmakers from Central Florida are introducing legislation to limit the amount you could be fined by homeowner associations.    Watch the news report…………………………..
  • CBS News Miami Investigates: Many frustrated with Ramblewood East condo association (FL) December 21, 2023
    The first thing you notice about Ramblewood East is the sheer size.  The gigantic condo community on University Drive in northwest Broward County has 1,120 units, all under one association.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask a real estate pro: How can we find out about upcoming assessments before we buy a condo? December 21, 2023
    Q: Before buying our unit, we rented another apartment in the condominium for a month and tried to meet as many people, including staff, to learn as much as possible. Shortly after we bought our unit, the building passed a special assessment to boost reserves. We were sent a letter about another assessment to go with the annual dues increase. When I asked about these increases, I learned that the building needed repairs and is having a dispute with the ...
  • Florida HOA leadership targeted Jews, said Nazis ‘should have ended them’: attorneys December 20, 2023
    A Florida homeowners association campaigned to prevent an Orthodox Jewish family from building a synagogue within the community, with one board member saying that they didn’t want Jews in the area, according to a letter written by the family’s legal representation.   Read the article……………………………….
  • ‘The whole place just shook:’ Clearwater condo residents forced to evacuate after crane hits building (FL) December 20, 2023
    A crane tipped onto a Clearwater condo building during a major roofing project. It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Crystal Bay Condominiums on Feather Sound Drive off Ulmerton Road.  “The driver of the crane got in, and all these people were testing the big ball and it looked like he was trying to balance it,” said Revonda Cornell, a resident.    Read the article………………………………
  • Appellate court rules for Gran Paradiso residents in North Port irrigation fee lawsuit (FL) December 19, 2023
    A state appellate court sided with Gran Paradiso Property Owners in their suit against the West Villages Improvement District over a 100-year contract for irrigation water that the residents say is both too long and too high.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Titusville Residents Question Windover Farms HOA’s Legal and Ethical Conduct (FL) December 19, 2023
    A growing controversy in Titusville’s Windover Farms neighborhood is unfolding as resident Deirdre Maietta raises serious legal and ethical questions about the practices of the Windover Farms Community Association.   Read the article………………………….
  • Florida And Massachusetts Law Firms Unite To Tackle Fannie Mae’s Secret Condo Blacklist December 18, 2023
    The firms say they are committed to helping condominium and cooperative associations currently on the blacklist, or at risk of being added, navigate this complex issue. Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise, uses the blacklist to designate properties ineligible for conventional financing, affecting thousands of residents and potential buyers.    Read the article…………………………..  Link to web site “The Blacklist”
  • Dozens of swanky Florida country clubs and HOA’s are being sued for $29 million in alleged PPP fraud. One is in Key Biscayne (FL) December 18, 2023
    A lawsuit unsealed in federal court last month alleges dozens of South Florida’s most luxurious country clubs and homeowners associations – including one in Key Biscayne – improperly got as much as $29 million in federal pandemic or “PPP” loans and should be ordered to pay up to triple damages.    Read the article………………………….
  • HOA in push for color change painted ‘big white square’ on my house without my permission (FL) December 17, 2023
    Question: The paint committee in my HOA is telling me to change the color of my house to white because I have a gray roof. My house is now cream with gray trim. It’s been that way for the last seven years. I want to keep that color. They picked the color, and I don’t have a choice.    Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Hallandale Beach ex-HOA prez cuffed after leaving gun drawing on resident’s doormat, cops say (FL) December 16, 2023
    Police arrested the former president of a Hallandale Beach co-op building — the subject of multiple Local 10 Investigates stories — after they said he left a hand-drawn photo of a gun on a resident’s doormat.     Read the article………………………..
  • Tamarac’s Deal to Buy Shaker Village Clubhouse Still on Hold (FL) December 16, 2023
    Tamarac’s controversial plan to buy the dilapidated Shaker Village Clubhouse will remain on hold for another three months while a lawsuit challenging the deal’s legality plays out.   Read the article………………………….
  • Could FL condo roof insurance reform become a reality with proposed bipartisan bill? December 15, 2023
    With the costs of property insurance continuing to drive up the cost of living in Florida, South Florida State Rep. Hillary Cassel, who represents Broward County, says the state needs leadership to think “outside the box” and not assume that the private marketplace is always going to be there for property owners.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Thieves caught on camera robbing mailboxes from Doral condominium (FL) December 14, 2023
    The United States Postal Service police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.    Watch the news report………………………………
  • Woman and elderly disabled mother caught in battle between landlord and condo association could be evicted after paying rent (FL) December 13, 2023
    A woman and her elderly mother are caught in a battle between their landlord and his homeowner’s association. And it could end with the women out on the street.   Read the article………………………….
  • ‘Let us be festive’: Surfside Beach family claims HOA removed their Christmas decorations (FL) December 13, 2023
    Part of a neighborhood is fighting their homeowner’s association to keep their beloved Christmas decorations standing.  “Let us be festive HOA,” said one neighbor. “I never imagined Christmas decorations would become an issue. You see homes all over the place decorated with tons of decorations.”    Read the article……………………………..
  • Effective Date of New Reserve Law Questioned (FL) December 11, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association just held a vote to less than fully fund reserves for the 2024 budget. It passed by a majority of the quorum, but not a majority of the entire voting interests.   Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • Bipartisan lawmakers seek to cut condo insurance costs through valuation pilot program (FL) December 11, 2023
    In a bipartisan move, Florida lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to establish a Condominium Windstorm Pilot Program, which would provide a new insurance option for condominium associations.   Read the article……………………………
  • Facing South Florida for Dec. 10: Florida Condo Owners December 10, 2023
    The week after Facing South Florida devoted an entire half hour to the state’s homeowner association crisis, CBS News Miami’s Jim DeFede focuses on the issues with condo boards — particularly, the new requirement by the state for condo owners to increase funds to make necessary repairs.   Watch the news report…………………………….
  • Can we ban the commercial vehicles that are ‘junking up’ the neighborhood? (FL) December 10, 2023
    Question: Can I get a clear definition of what a commercial vehicle is so that we can keep them from “junking up” our neighborhood?   Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can an Association president make decisions without having a board meeting? (FL) December 9, 2023
    Q. The President of our Association has a habit of making all sorts of decisions without having a board meeting first. Is this legal?   Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • 9 Investigates: New condo legislation meant to prevent another ‘Surfside’ leading to higher fees (FL) December 8, 2023
    The number of condo owners getting hit with big bills is growing thanks to new rules passed by the state in the wake of the Surfside collapse.  Watch the news report………………………………
  • ‘It’s just not fair’: Condo residents in Daytona Beach Shores face 500% property insurance rate hike (FL) December 8, 2023
    Residents of a Daytona Beach Shores Condominium are concerned about a massive hike in property insurance rates.   Read the article……………………………
  • Police: Aventura condo security director befriended senior, spent $20K on her Amazon account (FL) December 6, 2023
    A security director at an Aventura condominium building befriended a senior who lived there, compromised her Amazon account and bought more than $20,000 worth of items using the card linked to her account before her family members caught on and shut the scheme down, according to police.    Read the article……………………………….
  • 5 Florida roofing contractors arrested for insurance fraud, other crimes December 6, 2023
    In August 2019, Rookery Pointe Homeowners Association contracted with SFR Services to have several tile roofs replaced in the community’s common area following Hurricane Irma. As part of that agreement, the homeowners association signed an assignment of benefits with McGraw’s SFR Services.    Read the article………………………………
  • Boca Raton’s L’Ambiance HOA Facing Lawsuit (FL) December 6, 2023
    Homeowners in the Boca Raton community of L’Ambiance are suing the Homeowner’s Association and its board of directors, claiming that the HOA is taking money and not providing required services and maintenance. The suit was just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.   Read the article………………………….
  • Police patrols terminated within Bay Isles communities on Longboat (FL) December 5, 2023
    Bay Isles Association asked for no policing behind its gates just one year after asking for more enforcement.  On Dec. 4, town commissioners voted to terminate the existing memorandum of understanding between Bay Isles Association and the town, while also approving a new memorandum to be drafted.   Read the article……………………………
  • Volusia condo owners plead for legislative help as insurance rates spike (FL) December 5, 2023
    It’s been over a year since hurricanes Nicole and Ian devastated the coast of Volusia County and still, many homes and condos are being rebuilt.  Now, the owners are taking a major blow again, this time by property insurance hikes.   “If the insurance keeps going up, the condo market is going to collapse,” Jeff Sussman said.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Directors Usually Fill Board Vacancies (FL) December 4, 2023
    Q: There was a recent vacancy on the board of directors for my condominium association due to a resignation. The board voted to appoint someone to fill the vacancy. However, a question was raised as to whether that person fills the vacancy for the remaining term of the resigning director, which runs until the annual meeting in 2025, or if the person only serves until the next annual meeting early in 2024.   Read the article……………………………………..
  • When not enough people vote in condo board election, are you stuck with the old guard? (FL) December 4, 2023
    Question: At our last members meeting, an election, we were unable to establish a 30% quorum by just a few votes. A member made a motion to extend the meeting, but the secretary of the association, who was named on the proxies, voted not to extend the meeting.   Read the Q&A………………………….
  • LOCAL NEWS Facing South Florida for Dec. 3: The Florida HOA Crisis December 3, 2023
    We devote the entire half hour to the HOA crisis in South Florida and elsewhere in the state.  As the cost of insurance rises, HOAs have been forced to raise fees putting a financial squeeze on homeowners. Corruption is also a concern after leaders of the Hammocks HOA were accused of theft and fraud to the tune of two million dollars.   Watch the news report…………………………..
  • New arrest made in $2 million fraud scheme at Florida’s largest HOA, Miami-Dade authorities say December 2, 2023
    More than a year after leaders of Florida’s largest homeowners association, which is located in Kendall, were charged in a money-laundering scheme, another arrest was announced Friday in the ongoing fraud saga.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can a Board president change a policy recently passed by the Board? (FL) December 2, 2023
    Q. I am on the Board of a condominium association. Each year when we establish the reserves, the Board just picks a percentage to increase the reserves but does not get an actual reserve study or quote from a vendor. The last reserve study was done in 2021. Is this the proper way to determine the reserves?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Orlando-area homeowners faced down their developer over hefty membership fees — and won (FL) November 30, 2023
    A community of residents 55 years old and up, displaying endurance and spunk, is emerging from a marathon legal battle with a big win over a leading home builder who charged them hefty “membership fees” to use pools, clubhouses and other amenities in their own neighborhood.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owners of this Orlando complex are one step close to potentially stopping HOA fee hikes (FL) November 30, 2023
    Some condominium owners in an Orlando complex are one step closer to potentially stopping a hefty fee increase. People at Dockside Condominiums gathered Wednesday to celebrate after a state arbitrator deemed their recall effort successful. They organized a recall of the HOA board of directors in September after receiving notice of a 12-year special assessment.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘We do not have insurance. We have an insurance bill’: Condos hit with 563% rate increase (FL) November 30, 2023
    For Baker and many other Florida condo owners, the very concept of insurance – to ease worries during times of distress – seems lost, especially after the 2021 collapse of the Marina Grande towers in Surfside and the two-punch combo of the 2022 hurricane season: Ian and Nicole.Read the article………………………………..
  • Residents of evacuated Miami-Dade condo return home relieved, but wary (FL) November 28, 2023
    In early October, an electrical explosion in a condo building near North Miami Beach forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and thrust them into one of the nation’s most unaffordable housing markets.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Florida’s ongoing property insurance crisis leading to spikes in HOA fees November 27, 2023
    Several residents in the Baldwin Park area say their fees have doubled, increasing by nearly $400 dollars per month to an estimated $770 per month. Now, they’re learning the rate hike is a result of the state’s ongoing property insurance crisis.    Read the article…………………………………..
  • Tax Deed Can Extinguish Assessments (FL) November 27, 2023
    Q: I am on the board of directors of a condominium association, and one of the units in our association has both unpaid assessments and taxes. We recently received a notice that the county will sell the unit to satisfy the unpaid taxes. We have questioned how this will affect the condominium documents and the unpaid assessments due on the unit. Does the new owner have to pay the past-due assessments once they acquire title from the tax deed sale?  ...
  • ‘Wait and see’ is golf course conclusion (FL) November 27, 2023
    Residents of the Gulf Gate neighborhood adjacent to the golf course, who formed the Gulf Gate Community Association, have addressed the commission in pushing a plan for the county to purchase the land and enhance it for stormwater storage, clean runoff into Sarasota Bay, and potentially reduce flooding in the area before it is developed as residential housing.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Court strikes Carillon associations’ bid to buy condo-hotel’s spa and pools, grants them common areas (FL) November 27, 2023
    The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort condo associations lost their legal battle to purchase the spa, pools and other portions of the oceanfront mixed-use complex.    Read the article……………………………….
  • PBC Owner: Condo says I can lease my unit, but renters can’t use pool, etc. Can they do that? (FL) November 26, 2023
    Question: Our condominium has several recreational/common areas — swimming pools, saunas, tennis courts, a small gym/workout room, a billiard room, etc.  Our board limits usage to some of the areas to owners only. I was under the impression that tenants have the right to use all common/recreational areas that owners enjoy   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • HOA Q&A: Can our Association legally implement restrictions on renting units, houses? (FL) November 25, 2023
    Q: I am on the Board of my Association and am writing to ask your opinion on a matter that has been under discussion among the members of my Association. We have been experiencing a large number of sales of units in the development recently. The problem we are seeing is that some of the new buyers are intending to use their unit for rental purposes.    Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • Florida public adjuster says insurance companies are increasingly denying legitimate claims November 24, 2023
    The ABC Action News I-Team has been reporting on Florida’s growing property insurance crisis for months as part of our ongoing “Price of Paradise” series.  We are now focusing on how a public adjuster could help you recover what you’re owed when it comes to filing an insurance claim.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Condo Wars: Boards can use defamation laws to stifle dissent(FL) November 22, 2023
    A months-long investigation by the South Florida Sun Sentinel found that condo and homeowner associations regularly use Florida’s defamation laws to silence critics. The laws were written to allow a victim to recover financial damages from someone who spreads lies about them and harms their reputation.   Read the article………………………..
  • Months after community gets HOA to repair their pool, 7 Investigates finds potentially dangerous problem left behind (FL) November 21, 2023
    Residents at a condo community turned to 7 investigates to get their pool repaired and reopened.  They thought the situation was solved, but it turned out there was an even bigger problem lurking beneath the surface.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Is that even legal? Condo fined owner for speeding guest (FL) November 19, 2023
    Question: Recently my physical therapist visited my condo for my therapy, and they took a picture of her car and license plate, saying she went over the 20 mile per hour speed limit inside the community. However, they billed me for the fine.  Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • Port Orange Christmas light tradition pits neighbors against HOA (FL) November 18, 2023
    Dozens of homeowners in the Waters Edge community in Port Orange got results after fighting their Homeowners Association to keep a big Christmas tradition going that all started to support a little girl going through a tough time.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Condo boards across Florida work to increase state-mandated funding reserves November 17, 2023
    This is a crucial time of the year for condo associations across the state as they put together 2024 funding proposals for their members to vote on. Not only are dues likely going up for many in condo associations, but the amount they need to retain in community reserves is also likely to increase.     Read the article…………………………………
  • Real Estate Counselor: Electronic voting enables associations to amend outdated governing documents November 16, 2023
    Many South Florida community associations have outdated rules and provisions in their governing documents. These declarations and bylaws that are recorded in local court registries and provided to all buyers prior to purchases were codified by their community’s developer, and they often include problematic stipulations.   Read the Op/Ed………………………………….
  • Older Condo Woes Make it Harder to Buy/Sell Units (FL) November 16, 2023
    After Rich Engels’ mother died earlier this year, Engels decided to sell her condo unit in Sunrise Lakes Phase 4. He lined up a buyer, but he said the deal fell apart after the lender learned that the condo building had no wind insurance.  Lenders won’t approve mortgage loans on buildings that are not insured with full replacement coverage.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida lawmakers could examine enhanced regulations for condominiums November 15, 2023
    Florida lawmakers might take a look at enhancing regulatory powers over the state’s massive condominium industry.  The Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries held a panel Tuesday to discuss condominium governance and regulation.    Read the article………………………………
  • Florida agencies ‘toothless’ in handling condo complaints, enforcers tell lawmakers November 15, 2023
    If you own one of Florida’s more than 1.5 million condo units and are having issues with a potentially malfeasant condo board, “good luck” getting help from the government.    Read the article………………………………
  • In push to remove homeowners from Citizens, the state-run insurer uses unlicensed inspectors (FL) November 14, 2023
    In late 2022, Melissa Marro got a notice from her private home insurance company that her rates would soon go up to a degree she found shockingly high. The only option, her insurance agent told her, was to see if she qualified for Citizens Property Insurance, the state created and taxpayer-owned property insurance company.   Read the article…………………………
  • This Sunrise condominium lost its windstorm insurance — so buyers can’t get financed (FL) November 13, 2023
    After Rich Engels’ mother died earlier this year, Engels decided to sell her condo unit in Sunrise Lakes Phase 4.  He lined up a buyer, but he said the deal fell apart after the lender learned that the condo building had no wind insurance.  Lenders won’t approve mortgage loans on buildings that are not insured with full replacement coverage.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Comingling of Funds Questioned (FL) November 13, 2023
    Q: Can a condominium association’s operating funds be combined with the reserve money? My association has not moved money into the reserve account and out of the operating account in the last year. The money is there, it is just not in the right account. Is it permissible to keep the reserve and operating funds together?    Read the Q&A…………………………
  • Condo: Disabled man must carry service dog off property for dog’s potty breaks (FL) November 12, 2023
    Question: How can some condominiums and co-ops get away with prohibiting service or therapy animals from relieving themselves on the common grounds of their communities? They will allow an owner to have an assistance animal, but it must relive itself outside the community.    Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Is it legal to require paying owners to pay assessments for those who don’t pay? (FL) November 11, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association levied a special assessment for $1,000 per unit for our four-building, 48-unit-per-building complex (after Hurricane Ian). The deadline for payment is four months.   Read the Q&A……………………………
  • Wekiva community residents cited for Pride flags want HOA to answer for ‘selective enforcement’ (FL) November 11, 2023
    Members of the Wekiva Hunt Club Community Association believe HOA rules are unfairly singling them out.  The HOA rules dictate what kinds of flags can and can’t go up in the community and residents say those rules are not being applied equally.  Wekiva Code says any flag that’s not already approved by the state needs pre-approval from the HOA Board.    Read the article………………………….
  • Paradise Lost: Sky-high insurance premiums, required reserve funds and major repairs has some condo associations and owners in dire financial straits November 9, 2023
    As we continue our series on South Florida’s housing crisis, tonight we focus on condos. Some of the estimated 3.5 million Floridians living in condo units face a perfect storm of financial problems, with no easy fix. 7’s Karen Hensel has this special assignment report, “Paradise Lost.”   Read the article……………………………
  • Homeowner group doesn’t like what it sees coming out of Tallahassee or Washington DC (FL) November 8, 2023
    Eliott Rodriguez spoke with members of the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations about the pressing issues they felt weren’t being addressed.   Watch the news report…………………………….
  • Saving Lives in Your Community Association: Defibrillators (AEDs), Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs), and CERTs November 8, 2023
    Does your community association have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or a Bleeding Control Kit (BCK) on hand in the worst-case scenario and do you have trained people on hand to use these devices? Do you have a gym, pickleball/tennis courts, and other recreational amenities where a cardiac event may be more likely?   Listen to the podcast……………………………….
  • High premiums keep Florida homeowners stuck with state’s insurer of last resort November 8, 2023
    Florida homeowners who can’t find coverage from standard insurers turn to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for affordable home insurance. Florida’s state-created home insurer of last resort currently covers more than 1.4 million properties – making it the largest home insurer in the state by far.    Read the article…………………………………
  • Collapse at Boynton Beach condo complex causes some resident evacuations (FL) November 7, 2023
    Fire rescue crews responded to a condominium complex in Boynton Beach after a soffit collapsed Tuesday………No one was hurt, and no one was trapped by the third-floor collapse, according to Boynton Beach Fire Rescue. However, some residents had to be evacuated from their homes.    Read the article…………………………
  • Use of Assessment Money Regulated by Statute (FL) November 6, 2023
    Q: My condominium association board recently adopted and collected a special assessment to fund a construction project at the building. However, due to a change in circumstances, the board of directors has now decided to not proceed with the project. A question has come up as to what the association should do with the money from the special assessment. The board would like to keep the money to offset future expenses. What is the law on this?    Read the Q&A………………………………….
  • Florida condo dwellers might be in for sticker shock, but it’s for a good reason November 5, 2023
    Florida lawmakers made a choice after the 2021 Surfside building collapse: to protect human life instead of continuing to allow condominiums to defer important maintenance that could put more people at risk. With 98 lives lost at Champlain Towers South, that choice was a no-brainer, and a slew of new regulations and requirements will come due soon.    Read the Op/Ed………………………………..
  • West Palm condo residents win fight against bulk buyer making low-ball offers. Here’s how (FL) November 5, 2023
    At a small condominium complex on the north side of West Palm Beach, a handful of residents took on a muscular investment group wanting to bounce them from their homes on the cheap — and won.   Read the article…………………………
  • Condo board failed to document rental ban and now unwanted neighbors are moving in (FL) November 5, 2023
    Question: I live in a 16-apartment condo run by a homeowner board. About 13 years ago we voted to disallow any renting in our building. We have turned down many people who wanted to rent.  At this point two owners sold, and the new owners rented immediately.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can the Association implement a credit card fee on transactions at our golf club? (FL) November 4, 2023
    Q: I was recently at a golf club up north and noticed a credit card surcharge fee on my receipt. I am on the finance committee for my Association in Florida and wanted to know if my Association can implement a similar fee on credit card transactions at our golf club to help my Association save money?     Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • Attorney leaks info on condo board member’s past legal woes to ‘embarrass her’ into quitting (FL) November 4, 2023
    A South Florida attorney found himself needing an attorney ahead of Broward County deputies arresting him on an extortion charge Thursday.  That’s because authorities allege he used inside information he had on a neighbor’s legal woes in an ill-fated attempt to get her to resign from the board of his Lauderdale-by-the-Sea condominium building, promising to tarnish her reputation if she didn’t.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Wedgefield residents go to war with HOA they didn’t know existed (FL) November 4, 2023
    For as long as anyone can remember, people moving into the Wedgefield community in east Orange County were either told the Wedgefield HOA was voluntary, or their properties were “HOA free.”   Read the article…………………………………
  • Large condo assessment fees pricing owners out (FL) November 3, 2023
    A new state law is all about making sure condominiums across the state are more resilient after the Surfside condo collapse.  Right now, many buildings across the state are going through a very stringent inspection process to determine if there are any structural deficiencies. However, the large assessment fees to pay for repairs is leaving many condo owners priced out.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Straw vote will gauge whether Riviera Golf Estates residents want to buy their golf course (FL) November 3, 2023
    A straw vote will give residents of Riviera Golf Estates a voice in the future of the community’s golf course, but it won’t be binding.  After asking for tweaks to the language, Collier County commissioners recently decided to move forward with an opinion poll. It’s a step toward finalizing a proposed settlement that would stop a developer from building on the former golf course,   Read the article……………………………
  • From lawsuits to criminal charges: How a carport set a South Lakeland neighborhood at war (FL) November 2, 2023
    Genial appearances aside, Longwood Oaks ripples with conflict, most of it involving a disputed structure in a yard along one of those cul de sacs. Alyne Aca began construction in 2021 on a tall enclosure at the back of her driveway to protect a 36-foot Fleetwood Southwind motorcoach.   Read the article……………………………………
  • Turmoil in Turtle Run HOA After Residents Rally for Reform, Cite Mismanagement and Cronyism Under President (FL) November 2, 2023
    Turtle Run residents are demanding accountability and fresh leadership, alleging a pervasive culture of unprofessionalism and cronyism.  Chris Kapish, Turtle Run Foundation president and Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) president is at the center. He did not respond to multiple calls and emails.    Read the article………………………………
  • Condo Wars: Disputes explode into violence, arson — and even murder (FL) November 1, 2023
    Living in a homeowner or condo association can drive some people to extreme behavior they would never otherwise contemplate — from corruption and fraud to assault and, even, murder.   Read the article………………………………
  • Altamonte Springs condo residents see a nearly 100% increase in HOA fees (FL) November 1, 2023
    Residents of Lakewood Park Condos in Altamonte Springs called WESH 2 Investigates after getting the stunning news from their homeowners association of a nearly 100% hike in fees.  A Monday night meeting of the HOA was packed, with the overflow spilling outside, trying to listen on a conference call line as the Board was about to vote.   Read the article……………………………
  • New bill would require community donations from Florida homeowners’ associations October 31, 2023
    A new bill filed in the Florida Legislature could change how homeowners associations operate and require them to donate money to their surrounding communities.  House Bill 173 is sponsored by state Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, and is aimed at nonprofit organizations that operate residential homeowners’ associations. The bill would amend Florida law stipulating specific requirements for these organizations to operate as homeowners’ associations.    Read the article…………………………………
  • Florida’s new Homeowners Association laws explained, How to find your HOA’s rules and regulations October 31, 2023
    Floridians who live in subdivisions condo buildings and other communities with homeowner associations (HOAs) now have laws protecting their right to know what their dues are getting them.   Read the article………………………………..
  • HOA and Condo Proxy Procedures Differ (FL) October 30, 2023
    Q: A question has come up in my homeowners’ association as to whether owners are permitted to vote by proxy at owner meetings. If so, where is this right found?   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Design panel OKs major facelift for prominent Palm Beach condo building on Midtown Beach (FL) October 30, 2023
    One of Palm Beach’s most prominent condominiums on Midtown Beach can get a facelift, now that the town’s powerful Architectural Commission has signed off on plans for a major exterior remodeling project.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo reserve rules and rising insurance costs could lead to foreclosure crisis. ‘People are going to be losing their homes’ (FL) October 30, 2023
    The one-two punch of the post-Surfside law designed to require condominium associations to set aside sufficient reserves for structural repairs combined with Florida’s unending increases in insurance costs is threatening to produce a wave of foreclosures.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Did homeowner make costly mistake at closing? Lien and lawsuit followed (FL) October 29, 2023
    Question: At my closing, there was a letter from the association that wasn’t provided. Two fees weren’t paid, and also the association didn’t get a copy of my title. I didn’t know we had a management company until I received a letter from them about these unpaid fees.   Read the Q&A………………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Must homeowner associations allow ’emotional support’ pets in a no-pet community? (FL) October 28, 2023
    Q: We are a no pet community, and some short-term renters are bringing a dog and claiming the dog is an emotional support animal. The tenant emailed us a certificate stating that the dog is registered as a service animal. Do we need to allow this exception?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Miami Beach Code Compliance officer caught rearranging contents of recycling bins at condo building in bizarre training exercise (FL) October 28, 2023
    This condo building’s surveillance video starts with a Miami Beach Code Compliance officer getting out of his car. Notice these two recycling bins, with their lids closed, in the alley next to the Nautilus Towers condominium.   Read the article………………………………
  • Orlando neighborhood’s homeowners’ association fees could balloon nearly 300% (FL) October 27, 2023
    People who live in a popular Orlando neighborhood are screaming foul about a possible increase in their homeowners’ association fees.  Some Baldwin Park residents say their proposed monthly association fees are increasing to more than $1,000 per month.   Read the article…………………………
  • HOA Q&A: What are our options when common area renovations become unwieldy? (FL) October 26, 2023
    Q: My condominium association is undergoing a large common area renovation. At the beginning of the project, the Board and the management company announced that we had enough reserves and other operating funds to undertake the renovation without a special assessment. Recently, they announced that a special assessment was needed in order to finish the renovation.   Read the Q&A……………………………
  • Hammocks receiver goes after HOA’s crime insurer, alleging failure to cover ex-board’s theft (FL) October 25, 2023
    The Hammocks receiver is going after the community’s crime insurer in a bid to recover funds allegedly siphoned from the homeowners association coffers by criminally charged ex-board members.     Read the article……………………………
  • Sunshine’ Rules Apply to Budget Workshops (FL) October 23, 2023
    Q: An issue has come up in my condominium association regarding the creation of the budget for the 2024 fiscal year. The board has discussed having a board workshop to develop the budget. However, it is not clear that the board intends to allow owners to attend the workshop.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA threatens fine if owner doesn’t remove tiles it approved 15 years ago. Is that legal? (FL) October 22, 2023
    Question: Can the board of directors of an HOA limit discussion or questions from an owner to three minutes or less, after the board discusses issues and offers time for questions?   Read the Q&A’s……………………………….
  • Inspection records before explosion in Monterrey Condominium released (FL) October 21, 2023
    The explosion on Monday morning was caused by an electrical system failure that rendered the building uninhabitable. It raised concerns in the community reminiscent of the 2021 Surfside collapse.   Read the article……………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: What is the Homeowners’ Associations Bill of Rights? (FL) October 21, 2023
    Q: Can you please provide a summary of the Homeowners’ Associations Bill of Rights?   Read the Q&A…………………………………..
  • Another Key Biscayne condo erupts into turmoil with recall drive (FL) October 20, 2023
    Another Key Biscayne condominium erupted into chaos Thursday with four leaders quitting amid a unit owner recall drive. Among those resigning from the Casa Del Mar condo was Ignacio Segurola, a former Village Council member.    Read the article……………………………………
  • Did lawsuits drive Florida’s insurance crisis? The evidence remains thin October 19, 2023
    After months of feeling jerked around by the company and seeing her home condemned by the city, she took her case to court. In February, Glover became one of 4,571 people — 15 per day — to sue Universal this year.  As property insurance premiums rose to become a full-blown crisis for Floridians in recent years, the primary response by Gov. Ron DeSantis and state legislators is to stamp out those lawsuits.   Read the article………………………………
  • The Long Road from Ian (FL) October 18, 2023
    One year after Ian, Atterholt said his condo is still uninhabitable due to an inability by the condo owner’s association to get reimbursement on wind insurance, along with delays in obtaining equipment to repair the building’s electric, plumbing and elevator.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Condo Wars: After HOA corruption arrests, Florida’s community management industry works to weaken reform bills October 18, 2023
    ……But a few weeks after the news conference, after the Florida House and Senate finished revising the community association legislation, Villalobos and other Hammocks homeowners were furious — and lobbyists for HOAs and condo managers were expressing satisfaction with the outcome.   Read the article……………………………………….
  • Hammocks settling suit against ex-HOA attorneys for $300K (FL) October 17, 2023
    The Hammocks is settling for $300,000 its suit against two law firms that allegedly failed residents while representing the homeowners association during the reign of criminally charged ex-board members.   Read the article……………………………..
  • North Port residents sue to force change in how development-dominated board is chosen (FL) October 17, 2023
    A Gran Paradiso resident challenged the West Villages Improvement District in circuit court over the method the special government district uses to shift the makeup of its board of supervisors from one picked by developers to one elected by residents.   Read the article………………………….
  • Village to host public meeting with elected officials to discuss condo safety and more (FL) October 17, 2023
    Condo residents and managers living in the more than 5,000 multi-family residential units on Key Biscayne should be interested in the Nov. 1 community meeting with State Rep. Vicki Lopez and County Commissioner Raquel Regalado.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Palm Beach webpage explains new condo-inspection law after Miami collapse (FL) October 17, 2023
    In an effort to inform residents about new state legislation that requires aging condominium buildings to be inspected by licensed engineers and architects, the town has published a new webpage with details of the law.   Read the article………………………………..
  • ‘My internet was shut off’: Entire community left without service, caught in middle of legal fight (FL) October 17, 2023
    The Seasons at Spring Creek community in Lake County is now in its final phase of construction. Arlene Fernandez bought her home in 2021 while relocating from south Florida. She was excited about the promise of high-speed internet with fiber-optic lines throughout the community.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Newly released surveillance video shows ex-condo president charged with arson attempting to set truck on fire, vandalizing vehicles in South Beach (SC) October 17, 2023
    Maggisano is also accused of texting threats to one of his fellow condo owners.  The texts read, “die and die slow sure you’re dead within 48 hours,” “I’m going to cut you opn tmrw” and “I will murder you shortly.”  “I guess a threat was made to a board of director,” the judge said.   Read the article………………………………
  • Director Removal Does Not Require Good Cause (FL) October 16, 2023
    Q: Until recently, I was the president of my condominium association. However, certain unit owners were unhappy with the decisions I had made and pushed through a recall. While I do not dispute that they obtained recall agreements signed by a majority of the unit owners, they did so under false pretenses where they made false statements about my leadership. Are recall agreements obtained based on false statements valid?   Read the article…………………………………
  • Marco Island Fire: No injuries after explosion at Monterrey Condominiums (FL) October 16, 2023
    A Monday morning explosion at the lobby of a condominium complex in Marco Island prompted first responders’ response; they said no one was injured.   Read the article………………………………
  • Resident: My HOA is run by snowbirds. Is it ‘even legal to have Canadians on board at all?’ (FL) October 15, 2023
    Question: Is it legal for 3/4 of the HOA board to be Canadian and to live out of the country six months of the year? Is it even legal to have Canadians on the board at all?    Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • HOA Q&A: What happens if there aren’t enough members willing to serve on the board? (FL) October 14, 2023
    Q: My condominium association does not have enough members willing to serve on the Board of Directors for our association. If there are not enough members to fill the Board positions, will our current Board members be required to stay on the Board, or will it get turned over to a receiver? In the event a receiver is required, what is the process?   Read the Q&A………………………..
  • Boca condo board loses federal records suit, sanctioned for ‘frivolous’ claims (FL) October 13, 2023
    The Boca View Condominium Association has lost another court battle in its long-running fight to prevent a unit owner from exercising her right to inspect its financial records.  On Tuesday, a federal judge in West Palm Beach dismissed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2010 Florida law that prohibits condo and homeowner associations from denying record requests they deem weren’t made in “good faith and (for) proper purpose.”    Read the article………………………………
  • “So screwed up”: Senior condo complex in Miami-Dade is an alleged hotbed for grift, hefty assessments (FL) October 12, 2023
    In lawsuits filed against the association and in interviews with The Real Deal, unit owners claim association leadership illegally imposed $3 million in special assessments, but failed to make promised and required repairs. Unit owners suspect some former and current association leaders of a self-enrichment scheme, as many of the 17 buildings remain in poor condition, residents say.   Read the article…………………………
  • Rift between Gran Paradiso and West Villages district in North Port widens over Ian cleanup (FL) October 12, 2023
    But underlying tension between homeowners and the mostly developer-appointed board that oversees infrastructure in the area led to the moment Board of Supervisors Chairman John Luczynski called for a 10-minute recess and subsequently had Gran Paradiso treasurer Pam Kantola escorted from the meeting in North Port City Hall Sept. 14.    Read the article…………………………..
  • ‘Nothing more than a bait and switch’: Kalea Bay developer wins right to build higher tower (FL) October 11, 2023
    After a surprise compromise, the developer of Kalea Bay won the right to build its final residential tower even higher in North Naples.  On Tuesday, Collier County commissioners voted unanimously to allow Detroit-based Lodge Abbott & Associates to add three more floors and 10 more condos to its fifth tower, bringing the building’s height to 270 feet.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Electrical fire forces residents to evacuate condo in Northeast Miami-Dade (FL) October 11, 2023
    A condominium complex in Northeast Miami-Dade caught fire Tuesday morning causing residents to evacuate the building.  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said a fire broke out inside a building at Wilshire Condominium, located off Northeast Miami Gardens Drive near 14th Avenue.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Conflict of interest or business as usual? Resident questions HOA president’s multiple jobs (FL) October 8, 2023
    Question: Our homeowner’s association is situated within a property owner’s association. The POA governs several HOAs within a planned unit development.  The president of our HOA is also the president of the POA.    Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • The 1st Step in becoming an association board member? Education (FL) October 7, 2023
    Running a residential Owners Association in Florida is a business, not a social function. Condominium and Homeowners Associations are corporations structured similarly to well-known public and private companies in which the Board of Directors has specific responsibilities and obligations.    Read the article……………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: What’s the difference between a town hall meeting and a board meeting? (FL) October 7, 2023
    Q: At my condo, the board had a meeting in which they called it a town hall. The condo management stated that the town hall was not taped due to it being called a town hall. The meeting/town hall was live and video conferenced.   Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • Ask a real estate pro: Can HOA ban guns, even in people’s homes? (FL) October 5, 2023
    Q: Our homeowners’ association is considering banning guns everywhere in the community, including in the residents’ homes. Many of the residents are upset about this, while others are in favor of it. Is the association even able to enact this rule?   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Hurricane Ian — One Year Later: Still recovering (FL) October 4, 2023
    One year after Hurricane Ian left Fort Myers Beach looking like a war-torn village with 16 dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, the island remains almost unrecognizable. Sometimes referred to as Lee County’s playground, the island has been working nonstop to recover from utter devastation.  Read the article……………………………..
  • Florida law known as the “Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights” takes effect October 3, 2023
    The Florida law known as the “Homeowners’ Association Bill of Rights” took effect on October 1st.  “We had one of the most ambitious projects in regard to attaining more accountability and transparency for the HOA and the residents who live in these communities,” said state Rep. Juan Carlos Porras who sponsored of HB 919.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Can condo association ban pet snake? Expert weighs in (FL) October 1, 2023
    Question: Can condo owners bring snakes as pets into a condominium without board approval? Are there any Florida statutes concerning this matter?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Hurricane Ian – One Year later: Bonita condo owners face steep bills, no access to units (FL) October 1, 2023
    There are shortages of workers, back orders of parts, tangles with insurance companies, slow permitting and more that keep delaying work and forcing residents to stay away from their homes.   Read the article…………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: What are our options when common area renovations become unwieldy? (FL) September 30, 2023
    Q: My condominium association is undergoing a large common area renovation. At the beginning of the project, the Board and the management company announced that we had enough reserves and other operating funds to undertake the renovation without a special assessment.     Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Surfside commission approves luxury condo plan at Champlain Towers collapse site (FL) September 29, 2023
    The Surfside commission voted 3-1 in favor of approving a luxury condo site plan for the location once occupied by the ill-fated Champlain Towers South. The contentious meeting saw intense exchanges between Commissioner Nelly Velasquez and Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger, who has been accused of voicing racially insensitive comments towards Velasquez.   Traf the article…………………………….
  • Citizens Property is shifting policies to private insurers (FL) September 29, 2023
    As it tries to move customers into the private market after three years of massive growth, the state’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could start to see its number of policies decrease.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Kings Point Delray Beach Sued After Shooting (FL) September 29, 2023
    The victim of a high-profile shooting at Kings Point in Delray Beach is now suing Kings Point, security company “Universal Protection Service,” the Kings Point management company “Vesta Property Services,” and the alleged gunman, Robert Levine.  Read the article………………………………
  • Artificial intelligence being used in massive condo building construction in St. Pete (FL) September 29, 2023
    Construction on the massive condominium building in downtown St. Petersburg is coming along, and part of what makes the project unique is it’s being built with the help of artificial intelligence.  Suffolk Construction is using artificial intelligence and 3D modeling   Read the article……………………………..
  • Condo owners fighting hefty HOA assessments for hurricane damage still under repair (FL) September 27, 2023
    Nearly one year after flooding from Hurricane Ian, dozens of condo owners say they are still waiting for their homes to be repaired. And those repairs could come at a very high price.    Read the article………………………………
  • Condo Wars: Boards can use defamation laws to stifle dissent | Investigation (FL) September 27, 2023
    A months-long investigation by the South Florida Sun Sentinel found that condo and homeowner associations regularly use Florida’s defamation laws to silence critics. The laws were written to allow a victim to recover financial damages from someone who spreads lies about them and harms their reputation.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Condo owners face depressing triple whammy (FL) September 27, 2023
    As homeowners’ associations, condos and cooperative boards head into fall budgeting season to determine how much maintenance fees need to be increased for 2024, and whether special assessments need to be levied, they are facing a gigantic triple whammy.   Read the article…………………………….
  • License plate readers popping up in St. Johns County as an extra layer of security (FL) September 26, 2023
    “It can catch cars up to like 50 miles per hour. It gets a clear shot of them and their license plate,” Gran Lake Homeowners Association President Paul Proios said. “They’re hard to bypass, they’re very accurate.”   Read the article………………………..
  • When condo and homeowner associations report to master association, what are the rules? (FL) September 24, 2023
    Question: Our master association is a nonprofit, not an HOA. Does that make any difference? The master seems to feel that it can do what it wants, even if contrary to the HOA’s majority. Elections require a 50% quorum, which is impossible to obtain without electronic voting (which the master association will not implement).   Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Is an association member with an emotional support dog subject to our pet fee? (FL) September 23, 2023
    Q: One of the owners in my condominium association has an emotional support animal. The board is considering charging this owner a pet fee. This fee is charged to all owners who have pets in the Association. Can they do this?   Read the Q&A………………………………….
  • Orlando condo owners fight against assessment increase from damage caused by Hurricane Ian (FL) September 22, 2023
    Some owners at Dockside Condominiums in Orlando’s Conway neighborhood are finally returning to their homes after Hurricane Ian forced them out.  Others are still waiting on repairs Access Residential Management estimates will cost $160,000 per unit. The whole neighborhood was underwater during Ian. Everyone living inside the 133 first-floor units was forced out by flood damage.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo association for Caribbean Isles Villas in Miami-Dade under investigation for neglect, handling of funds September 22, 2023
    A community in disrepair demands change. The board president of Caribbean Isles Villas responds to those concerns. At the same time, Miami-Dade police confirmed to CBS News Miami its Economic Crimes Bureau is investigating the Association’s handling of funds.   Read the article………………………..
  • RE Q&A: Who Fixes Electric Issues in Shared Walls? September 22, 2023
    An apartment building was converted to condos decades ago, and a recently discovered problem arose: Some electrical connections serve two different owners. What now?   Read the Q&A……………………
  • Some Florida condo owners may be hit with rising insurance and inspection costs September 21, 2023
    Condo owners in the Tampa Bay area may be facing a double whammy in the coming months between homeowners insurance and inspection costs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hammocks wins $2M settlement in suit claiming ex-HOA leaders allowed massive fraud (FL) September 21, 2023
    The Hammocks won a $2 million settlement in a case accusing former board members of turning a blind eye to an alleged massive fraud that plundered millions of dollars from association coffers.   Read the article………………………..
  • One Park vs. Block 6 condo conflict awaits judge’s decision (FL) September 21, 2023
    A whirlwind of activity swirled around the proposed One Park condo development in The Quay last week. A hurricane-disrupted trial concluded, the scheduled Planning Board public hearing is set to resume, and a Sarasota city commissioner filed a misconduct complaint with the Florida Bar.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We’re a little scared’: Miami condo owners say dangerous construction debris is falling on property (FL) September 21, 2023
    People who live in a Miami condo say they’re concerned for their safety from what they say is dangerous debris coming from a luxury building being built nearby.  Miami’s newest luxury condos Aria Reserve are under construction   Read the article………………………..
  • Older condos subject to stricter regulations in unincorporated Bay County (FL) September 20, 2023
    Condos in unincorporated Bay County now have stricter standards.  County commissioners approved a mandatory structural inspection ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. It’s similar to an ordinance in South Florida that was passed after the Surfside Condo collapse killed 98 people.  Condos more than three stories tall and at least 25 years old will be visually inspected. Engineers will then do further testing if they spot problems.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo resident: Can association force lone holdout in building to get hurricane shutters? (FL) September 17, 2023
    Question: Our association documents do not require shutters. Every unit in our ocean front building has them except one. We are three different building stacks, each with separate assessments. What would be required for the association to pass a requirement for all units to install and maintain hurricane shutters?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Condo owners in good standing fear eviction in Pembroke Pines (FL) September 16, 2023
    Property owners paid mortgage, insurance and homeowners association fees but still fear being put out at Heron Pond Condominiums.  Pembroke Pines code inspectors found structural problems threatening safety in several buildings earlier this year.   Read the article………………………..
  • Real estate Q&A: Condo’s AC went out and temporary fix is hiking the bill. Can I be reimbursed? (FL) September 15, 2023
    Q: Air conditioning is included in our condo’s monthly maintenance fees. The chiller that cools the entire building stopped working on July 20, and we are still awaiting replacement/repair, which has been postponed twice thus far. We were provided with portable AC units. However, running these portable units has drastically increased my electricity bill. There has been no mention of a temporary reduction in maintenance for the time the central AC has not been provided. Am I within my legal ...
  • Elderly woman who accused condo manager of antisemitic attack upset after Broward State Attorney opts not to pursue case (FL) September 15, 2023
    An elderly Fort Lauderdale woman is upset following a decision by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office not to press charges against the condominium manager who, she claims, attacked her and mouthed an antisemitic slur.   Read the article………………………..
  • Former condo association president accused of getting $33,000 kickback (FL) September 13, 2023
    According to the Miami-Dade police arrest report, Dvir is accused of getting a nearly $33,000 kickback from a vendor doing work in the building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Shaker Village Resident Sues HOA to Block Sale of Clubhouse Property (FL) September 13, 2023
    Shaker Village resident Tonya Nesbitt is seeking an emergency temporary injunction and declaratory judgment to prevent Shaker Village from selling the property on the north side of Commercial Boulevard west of Florida’s turnpike until Association members have voted on whether to authorize the sale.   Read the article………………………..
  • Families fume over plans taking space from Surfside condo collapse memorial (FL) September 12, 2023
    Plans to include garbage collection and a loading dock on the same street as a proposed memorial site for the 98 people killed in the 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside have angered and outraged relatives of some of the victims, along with former and current elected town officials.   Read the article………………………..
  • Attorney: Former Key Biscayne condo manager will plead not guilty in alleged fee theft (FL) September 11, 2023
    The former EmeraldBay condominium manager Maria Ferrer Rodriguez plans to plead not guilty and go to trial on charges of stealing maintenance fees from a unit owner, her attorney said in court Monday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo insurance market tightens, posing more challenges for residents, boards (FL) September 10, 2023
    Question: Our condo board says we cannot get insurance bids and that we have to stay where we are. Is that true?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Does Florida law supersede an HOA’s restrictions on having a flagpole on a lot? September 9, 2023
    Q: I live in a homeowner’s association. I have been thinking of installing a flagpole on my lot and flying various flags. My homeowner’s association has restrictions about flagpoles. But, I heard that the right to have a flagpole and fly certain flags is protected under Florida law. Is this true?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • LOCAL NEWS Miami condo owners say they’re being forced out of their homes (FL) September 9, 2023
    Condo owners at Biscayne 21 received a notice last Friday that their building services would be discontinued. The development demanded the remaining residents move out by Friday, but they refused to leave without a fight.   Read the article………………………..
  • Imperial Lakes could see work started on short-term flooding relief this weekend (FL) September 7, 2023
    Polk County Commission Chairman George Lindsey says a there could be some relief soon for persistent flooding problems in Imperial Lakes that have blocked roads and kept some residents from their homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Probe of Surfside building collapse that killed 98 to be completed by June 2025, US investigators say (FL) September 7, 2023
    The probe into the 2021 collapse of a beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people in South Florida should be completed by the fourth anniversary of the disaster, federal officials said Thursday.  Read the article………………………..
  • Pinellas accounting manager stole over $700,000 from HOAs, deputies say (FL) September 6, 2023
    A Tarpon Springs woman is back behind bars after she was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from homeowners associations in the Tampa Bay area.    Read the article………………………..
  • Board Term Limits Questioned (FL) September 5, 2023
    Q: I recall that a few years ago there was a lot of discussion regarding term limits for board members. I have not heard anything about term limits recently and know that a number of board members in my community have served for a long time. What is the term limit for condominium association board members?   Read the article………………………..
  • Antisemitic literature left in West Melbourne driveways overnight, prompting police probe (FL) September 4, 2023
    City Council Member John Dittmore is president of the Hammock Lakes Homeowners Association, which has 280 homes. He said residents in neighboring Eber Cove, Manchester Lakes and Stratford Pointe received the flyers, and he is working with those HOA officials to collect information.  Read the article………………………..
  • 3 more buildings at Pembroke Pines condo complex deemed unsafe, ordered evacuated (FL) September 4, 2023
    Three more buildings at a Pembroke Pines condominium complex have been ordered evacuated after they were deemed unsafe, following the earlier evacuation of three other buildings at the same development.   Read the article………………………..
  • Our expert explains HOA rules regarding emotional support animals, cannabis use (FL) September 3, 2023
    Question: I am a board member of my condominium association. Is the board allowed to create rules or policies concerning ESAs in a condominium building? For example, can we impose weight limits, limit the number of animals per dwelling, exclude specific breeds, mandate that they only use the service elevator, etc. I’ve tried researching issue but find it very confusing or non-specific.   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • HOA Q&A: Can Board members be required to work outside of attending meetings and voting? (FL) September 2, 2023
    Q: I’m a member of a condominium board in which the other board members are more interested in keeping the quarterlies as low as possible by end rounding state laws increasing the deductible on the insurance without members knowledge, or increasing a lifespan of a roof so as not to fund it just for their own budget.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Pinellas may enforce structural inspection on aging condos (FL) September 1, 2023
    The collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida in 2021, which left 98 dead, triggered several legislative actions to prevent similar catastrophic events from recurring – and Pinellas County officials want to adopt the latest set of those building requirements.   Read the article………………………..
  • Estates at Turtle Run HOA Board Faces Backlash Over Delayed Annual Election (FL) August 29, 2023
    The Estates at Turtle Run Homeowners Association Board has received criticism for failing to hold its annual election mandated by the bylaws on December 7, 2022.  The majority of the board is being criticized for delaying elections and neglecting homeowners’ interests by other board members and residents. Additionally, the board has not met since October 2022.    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida retiree loses her home after falling for foreclosure rescue pitch August 29, 2023
    Someone else’s vehicles are parked in Elvira Zicari’s Port Richey driveway. And according to court documents, it’s now owned by an investor who rented it out.  Read the article………………………..
  • Should Florida’s CFO step in to help Ian-battered homeowners escape contractor liens? (FL) August 28, 2023
    Insurance company Heritage Property & Casualty ignored the $2 million emergency claim on townhome community Parkwoods VI for months, and Panama City-based repair company SouthernCAT grew impatient. Communications between the homeowner’s association and its members show the repair company placed a lien on all the townhomes in February of 2023 at roughly $30,000 apiece.   Read the article………………………..
  • SEVEN BRIDGES SECRET: Homeowners Outgraged After Board Secretly Settles Suit Against GL Homes (FL) August 27, 2023
    For the second time in two weeks, homeowners in the gated West Delray Beach community of Seven Bridges are outraged after its elected board of directors made a major decision behind closed doors — and failed to announce that decision to anyone. In the latest example of questionable conduct, the board settled its 558 lawsuit against builder G.L. Homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo owner fears ‘best efforts’ language in law allows HOAs to scrimp on insurance protection (FL) August 27, 2023
    Question: I am troubled by your recent advice concerning condominium association insurance requirements. Your response stated that “the Condominium Act, at Section 718.111(11), provides that the association must secure ‘adequate’ property insurance, which insurance must be based on the replacement cost of the property …”   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Turmoil hits Location Ventures’ Coral Gables condo project (FL) August 26, 2023
    A year after completing Villa Valencia in Coral Gables, Location Ventures failed to secure a final certificate of occupancy for the 13-story boutique condominium. And since last month, 10 contractors, including project manager Winmar Construction, have filed 23 construction liens totaling nearly $7 million against the building’s development entity, records show.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We’re stressing’: Residents move out of Pembroke Pines condo buildings deemed unsafe (FL) August 24, 2023
    Balconies in all 19 buildings on the property were shut down in January. Then in July, Pembroke Pines Police reported all buildings also showed signs of structural deterioration and potential unsafe conditions.  Residents of buildings two, three, and 10 were put on notice they had 10 days to move out.    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida report on insurance failure raises more questions than answers August 23, 2023
    After Sawgrass Mutual Insurance Co. went under in 2018, Florida regulators were supposed to do a financial autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.  But they didn’t hire forensic accountants to dig into Sawgrass Mutual’s finances, as they had in previous insolvency cases.   Read the article………………………..
  • Defrauded HOA Trying to Unravel the Mess (FL) August 23, 2023
    At the Hammocks in West Kendall, 6,500 homeowners are anxious for a return to self-rule after seven years under the thumb of a tyrannical, secretive board of directors that is accused of stealing millions in monthly fees from their neighbors.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents of University Club Condominiums Mobilize for Legal Action Amid Unforeseen Assessments (FL) August 23, 2023
    A conflict has arisen at University Club Condominiums due to unexpected assessment fees and a lack of reserve funds, leading residents to seek access to booking records and consider legal action.  Read the article………………………..
  • Spectrum Sues a Homeowners Association After It Tries To Switch Providers (FL) August 22, 2023
    Spectrum Sunshine State, LLC, the local affiliate of Charter Communications and Spectrum Cable TV, filed a lawsuit against a local homeowners association in Florida. At issue here is the local HOA signing a new contract with Blue Stream Communications to replace Spectrum TV and internet services.  Read the article………………………..
  • Florida insurance regulators order Citizens back to drawing board on rates August 21, 2023
    Regulators have ordered the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to revamp — and trim — proposed rate increases.  Florida Insurance Commissioner Michael Yaworsky signed an order Friday that took issue with parts of a Citizens rate proposal that included increasing rates by 12 percent for homeowners with the most-common type of policies.   Read the article………………………..
  • Legislature Limits HOA Rental Amendments (FL) August 21, 2023
    Q: Is a homeowners’ association permitted to adopt amendments changing the leasing rights of owners in the community? I was recently told that the statute was changed, and rental restriction amendments are no longer permitted. Is this correct?  Read the article………………………..
  • Their mangroves are clogging the canal, but who pays to clear waterway? (FL) August 20, 2023
    Question: I live in a small community governed by an HOA. We have one natural canal that was enhanced and bullheaded. There are five homes that border the canal. The canal is being blocked by mangroves that are rooted in owners’ properties, hanging over the canal and creating a boating obstacle.   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • HOA Q&A: Is lengthy advance notice needed for budget board meeting? (FL) August 19, 2023
    Q: My homeowners’ association just posted a notice that the Board meeting to approve the 2024 budget will be held at our clubhouse in five days. I thought that the homeowners’ association was required to post and mail the notice of a budget Board meeting and the proposed budget to all owners at least 14 days prior to the Board meeting. Is what they did correct?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Audits at Boynton Beach HOA question its finances; board president awarded contracts (FL) August 19, 2023
    Nautica’s HOA budget is more than $600,000 a year. Previous audits have also identified problems and one homeowner said she had to file complaints with the state to see HOA documents.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Where is all this money going to?’: Sunrise condo residents furious over special assessment fee (FL) August 17, 2023
    Seniors at a Sunrise community were furious Wednesday after learning their homeowners association approved a special assessment fee despite overwhelming opposition.  Sunrise Lakes Phase II — a 55 and older community in the heart of Sunrise — is at a crossroads and in crisis. The HOA board held a special assessment meeting Wednesday before a packed crowd of residents who say they’re feeling the financial strain.   Read the article………………………..
  • More residents ordered to leave after 3rd Pembroke Pines condo building deemed unsafe (FL) August 17, 2023
    Another building of a Pembroke Pines condominium has been deemed unsafe Wednesday, and residents living there have 10 days to vacate.  The city posted notices on building two of the Heron Pond Condominiums on 100 SW 83rd Way ordering the building needed to be vacated by Aug. 26.   Read the article………………………..
  • When will they pay? Floridians say state not holding insurance carriers accountable post-Ian August 16, 2023
    It started in the master bedroom.  The night Hurricane Ian threw itself against the edges of Southwest Florida, battering homes and sheeting down rain, its 145-mile-per-hour winds lifted the roof from the home where Sara Alvarez and her husband, Justin Jackson, sheltered.    Read the article………………………..
  • Massive fire destroys 2 Treasure Island homes, damages nearby condo building: Officials (FL) August 16, 2023
    A massive fire burned through two homes and caused damages to a nearby condo building in Treasure Island Tuesday afternoon, officials said.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I live in filth every day’: Sarasota nurse waiting months for Hurricane Ian repairs, blames HOA (FL) August 15, 2023
    A nurse in Sarasota is beyond frustrated, telling 8 On Your Side she can’t repair the inside of her house until her HOA repairs the outside of her house.  Kelly Roberts says she feels like she’s being forced to live in a construction zone as the damage from Hurricane Ian continues to fester. She says her life is at a standstill and she blames her HOA for the holdup.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents at condominium in Pembroke Pines told to evacuate after 2 buildings deemed unsafe (FL) August 14, 2023
    Several tenants only have a few days to move out of their apartments after their building was condemned.  Residents at the Heron Pond Condominiums, located at 8400 SW 1st St., were instructed to move out of their units after two buildings were found to have structural issues    Read the article………………………..
  • 4 families displaced after fire breaks out in Pembroke Pines condominium (FL) August 14, 2023
    A blaze inside a Pembroke Pines condominium has left four families displaced, Monday.  Around 11 a.m., Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue arrived at the scene after a fire broke out in a unit on the second floor of the New Hampton building at Century Village Condos, located at 301 SW 135th Ave.   Read the article………………………..
  • Association Borrowing Questioned (FL) August 14, 2023
    Q: The board of directors of my condominium association has been discussing taking out a loan to pay for major repairs to our condominium building. To my knowledge, our association has never borrowed money before. It seems to me that for such a serious undertaking, a vote of our owners should be required. Is a loan by the association a mortgage on my unit?    Read the Q&A…………………………………..
  • Residents displaced after Clearwater condo fire, officials say (FL) August 14, 2023
    Clearwater Fire & Rescue are investigating after a condo complex caught fire Sunday afternoon. It happened at the Fountains at Countryside Condominiums on Winding Creek Boulevard around 3 p.m.  Read the article………………………..
  • Couple trusted EmeraldBay’s property manager. Now she is accused of stealing their money (FL) August 14, 2023
    A veteran employee who rose from an administrative assistant to property manager at Emerald Bay, residents turned to Maria Rodriguez when they needed to solve any number of problems. They trusted her with their money, handing over checks for maintenance fees, parking spots.  Read the article………………………..
  • Louisa Conway testimony sought in Key Biscayne condo suit (FL) August 13, 2023
    Louisa Conway, a politically active Key Biscayne condominium leader, is facing a demand to testify in a civil deposition later this month in a lawsuit between warring condominium associations in one of Miami’s toniest apartment complexes.  Read the article………………………..
  • Condo board refused to update insurance when owners balked at cost. Is that even legal? (FL) August 13, 2023
    Question: I am trying to sell my condo to the renter who has been renting the unit from me for many years, but they are running into financial issues. The financial company states that the condo group is under-insured, and they don’t want to give them a loan.   Read the Q&A………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Is there a term limit to how long someone can be on the board? (FL) August 12, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association has a member on the board of directors that has been on the board for more than 10 years. Isn’t there a term limit to how long someone can be on the board?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • “I’m not sleeping at all,” more Hollywood owners said to be blindsided by steep condo fees (FL) August 12, 2023
    Carriage Hills residents in Hollywood are facing special assessments that will cost them tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a story many across South Florida can relate to.   Read the article………………………..
  • St. Petersburg condo may need $45 M renovation, post-Surfside review finds August 11, 2023
    A luxury condominium on the affluent stretch of Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg that’s been home to some of the city’s most prominent residents, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, is facing millions of dollars in repairs after engineers discovered a host of major issues.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo board member: More fraud at EmeraldBay (FL) August 11, 2023
    A second unit owner at a ritzy Key Biscayne apartment building told condominium officials that he too was defrauded by a longtime property manager who was arrested this week on fraud and grand theft charges involving another owner, according to a member of the EmeraldBay board of directors.   Read the article………………………..
  • How robot lawn mowers in one West Palm Beach community help fight climate change August 11, 2023
    Named after The Jetsons housekeeper, Rosie, the Husqvarna 550 H Epos autonomous electric mower is outfitted with a wireless control system, satellite mapping and 3-inch-long pivoting razor blades.    Read the article………………………..
  • Neighbors at one Dania Beach community “tired of it” after $5K-$12K HOA special assessment (FL) August 10, 2023
    As hot as it is outside, tensions were blazing inside a HOA board meeting in the Oakbridge neighborhood Wednesday night.  “We’re tired of it,” said resident Kim Cotugno.   Read the article………………………..
  • Orlando condo fire investigated as possible arson (FL) August 10, 2023
    According to the Orlando Fire Department, the fire started on the back porch and extended into the condo and reached the second floor.   Read the article………………………..
  • St. Petersburg condo may need costly fixes, post-Surfside review finds (FL) August 9, 2023
    It’s been two years since the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside collapsed in the early morning hours, destroying half the building’s units instantaneously and killing 98 people.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘The smell of death’: Residents complain of large amounts of dead fish in Plantation lake (FL) August 8, 2023
    Residents in a Plantation neighborhood were dealing with a smelly situation after they said a large amount of dead fish showed up in a lake near their homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Insurance Proceeds Should Be Bonded (FL) August 7, 2023
    Q: My condominium association is in the process of renewing its insurance policies and our insurance agent advised that we needed a fidelity bond policy with a higher limit for the coming year because of the insurance proceeds the association received following Hurricane Ian. Why would we need higher limits on our fidelity bond?   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Car crashes into Key Biscayne condo causing brief evacuation (FL) August 6, 2023
    An SUV rolled over a concrete parking block and crashed into a first-floor unit at a Key Biscayne condominium Saturday evening, causing a brief evacuation of nine units until the structure was cleared by Village authorities. There were no injuries, officials said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Expert says new law muddies what associations can forbid owners put in their backyards (FL) August 6, 2023
    Question: I live in an HOA community that is a sub-village of a master association. We have our own governing documents. These regulations restrict the construction and installation of above-ground pools. We have a homeowner who constructed an above ground pool, prior to the new law (F.S. 720.3045) and without HOA approval or city permits.   Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Are a condo association’s ledgers private in regard to assessment delinquency? (FL) August 5, 2023
    Q: I live in a condominium association. One of the owners has requested to see the ledgers for two homes that we believe are delinquent in the payment of assessments. However, our Board has cited privacy concerns and has refused to provide access to the ledgers. Is the Board’s position correct?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • $19K-28K HOA special assessment has some wanting to sell at one Hollywood community (FL) August 4, 2023
    The people living at Carriage Hills tell CBS News Miami they are frustrated, confused, and concerned about their immediate future.  Some say they plan to sell their homes following a hefty special assessment imposed by the association.   Read the article………………………..
  • How Florida let a top insurer abandon homeowners in their time of greatest need August 4, 2023
    The couple, in their late 60s, are frozen in this “hell,” Ed says, because their insurance company, United Property and Casualty, ignored their claims for months after the hurricane and then severely underpaid them, before going insolvent earlier this year.  Read the article………………………..
  • Real estate Q&A: Who pays for common services if only one owner is responsible for issue? August 3, 2023
    Q: We live in a single-family home where our homeowners’ association takes care of some items customarily left for individual owners. The monthly dues cover water, landscaping, and even house painting every few years. It makes life easy, but I can see where it could lead to problems. If one owner uses too much water or their power line breaks, would we all have to pay for it?   Read the Q&A……………………
  • Resident wants change in decades-old metal roof ban, but HOA president blocking vote (FL) July 30, 2023
    Question: Our HOA has refused to allow metal roofs (except for metal shingle roofs). When questioned, the HOA president advised me that the original declaration of covenants and restrictions prohibits metal roofs. I told him I understood, but since the HOA was established in 1995, before metal roofs became popular and were proven to be sturdier than shingle roofs, I inquired if the subject of metal roofs could be discussed and voted on by all residents. I was told it ...
  • HOA Q & A: What are the changes in the law allowing flags to be flown? (FL) July 29, 2023
    Q: I understand there have been some changes in the laws allowing flags to be flown. Can you explain the new laws?   Read the Q&A………………………..
  • Surfside bill means higher costs for condo living (FL) July 28, 2023
    It’s been two years since the condo collapse at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida. Since then, lawmakers have passed laws to try and stop it from happening again.The new requirements include structural inspections by engineers or architects for condominiums 30 years old, and recommended fixes must be made.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ask a real estate pro: Who pays for common services if only one owner is responsible for issue? (FL) July 27, 2023
    Q: We live in a single-family home where our homeowners’ association takes care of some items customarily left for individual owners. The monthly dues cover water, landscaping, and even house painting every few years. It makes life easy, but I can see where it could lead to problems. If one owner uses too much water or their power line breaks, would we all have to pay for it?   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Florida couple in dispute with Avalon Park HOA over decorative stones in yard July 27, 2023
    The Avalon Park Property Owners’s Association says the white rocks around Demeris and Jose Heinsen’s home violate the neighborhood by-laws. The couple got a letter saying they have two weeks to remove the stones, which the couple said was part of more than $10,000 worth of landscaping work.  Read the article………………………..
  • Family of man allegedly stabbed by model believes condo security could have prevented killing (FL) July 27, 2023
    Attorneys also allege security was called to the apartment and stood outside for 12 minutes during the deadly attack.  “All they did was send a security guard to stand outside that unit when they should have gone into the unit and stopped this tragedy from occurring,” Wald said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Will Meadowcrest residents vote for a gated community? (FL) July 27, 2023
    The 665 residents of Meadowcrest will be sent a survey later this summer asking them if they want to start the process to gate their Crystal River community.  “If it comes back with the majority saying they’re not interested, that’s it – it’s over,” resident Dave Asher said. “But if 51 percent say they want it, we will go forward with it.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Cape Coral woman living without AC since January (FL) July 27, 2023
    A woman with a disability has been living without air conditioning since January, and right now, in the middle of a record-breaking summer, that makes her condo a no-can-do.  She and her contractor have come up with multiple ways to fix it, but she said that the HOA has shut them down.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hammocks receiver sues former HOA attorneys for $9M over allegedly aiding fraud (FL) July 25, 2023
    As four former Hammocks board members await trial over claims they defrauded the residential community from $2 million, civil lawsuits are taking aim at attorneys for allowing and aiding the alleged grift.     Read the article………………………..
  • Deteriorating Condo Building in Residential Coral Springs Neighborhood Will Be Demolished (FL) July 25, 2023
    A dilapidated condominium building in a residential neighborhood in Coral Springs will be demolished, a city board decided last week.  The city’s Unsafe Structures Board voted unanimously Friday to order the demolition of the two-story, 16-unit complex at 3990 Woodside Drive, which is between Wiles Road and Sample Road.   Read the article………………………..
  • Seniors at Miami Beach condo go without air conditioning for weeks (FL) July 25, 2023
    A Miami Beach condominium building for seniors has been without air conditioning for the past few weeks.  Residents at Council Towers South on Collins Avenue said the air conditioning has been out for about a month.  Resident Maria Ramirez Fernandez said management went door-to-door, offering to take residents to a hotel or provide fans or give them transportation to a relative’s home.   Read the article………………………..
  • Farmers Insurance is closing its doors to thousands of customers for one troubling reason: ‘[This] decision was necessary’ (FL) July 24, 2023
    Farmers Insurance is the latest insurer to completely pull out of Florida, citing concerns about natural disasters made worse by Earth’s rising temperature, CBS News reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Resident is suspicious of homeowners board that met behind closed doors repeatedly. Wants answers (FL) July 23, 2023
    Question: I am curious as to how our last four board meetings came to be closed-door. We have been given no minutes or information about the meetings. I’m sure the entire meetings were not all about personnel, since there are probably only nine employees in our association, at the very most. I have been unable to get any information about the meetings. What can I do about this?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • HOA Q & A: In a large roof replacement, what should be in agreement with contractor? (FL) July 22, 2023
    Q: Our association is planning on entering into a large-scale roofing replacement project. Our Board of Directors has chosen a contractor and has provided the membership a copy of the proposal for the project. The proposal has essential terms but there are no terms regarding timing for completion and remedies if the roofer breaches the contract. Would you advise preparing an addendum or other document that includes other important terms?   Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers July 22, 2023
    Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robyn Barineau, Deborah Bell, Gary Pyott, and Dawn Warren to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’ll never be developed’: Pine Islanders fend off attempt to turn golf course into houses (FL) July 21, 2023
    A group of Pine Islanders is flipping the prevailing real estate model on its head.  Instead of watching their up-for-sale neighborhood golf course turn into rentals, duplexes or Airbnbs, they banded together to buy it themselves, so it will stay green.   Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Raton Property Manager Accused Of Indecent Exposure, Battery (FL) July 21, 2023
    The property manager for the Boca Lakes Condominium Association is facing indecent exposure and battery charges following his arrest by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.   Read the article………………………..
  • Court awards condo owner $232,170 after lawyer denied records by Boca Raton community board (FL) July 19, 2023
    The Boca View Condominium Association refused to allow an owner’s lawyer to inspect association records and now it’s paying a hefty price — owners’ legal fees totaling $232,170.   Read the article………………………..
  • Invasive rabbits released by homeowner has a Florida suburb searching for answers July 17, 2023
    When Alicia Griggs steps outside her suburban Fort Lauderdale home, Florida’s latest invasive species comes a-hoppin’ down the street: lionhead rabbits.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents angered that HOA board skipped meeting, made decision via email (FL) July 16, 2023
    Question: Recently, our 5-person HOA board of directors decided to terminate the contract of one of our HOA’s major vendors and to hire a new vendor in its place. These two decisions were made without the benefit of a board meeting and based strictly on emails and/or phone calls among the board members.  Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • Mast Capital sued over troubled oceanfront condo buyout in Miami Beach (FL) July 15, 2023
    The owners of a unit at Amethyst are suing Mast Capital over the dragged out condo buyout of the oceanfront Miami Beach property, which is now facing competition — or collaboration — from David Martin’s firm, Terra.   Read the article………………………..
  • Must an HOA provide the documents I request, even if that means mailing or emailing to me? (FL) July 15, 2023
    Q: I own a condo in Florida as an investment property, but I do not live in the state. I made an official records request to my condominium board, looking for them to provide certain ledgers and other financial reports.   Read the Q&A………………………….
  • Condo Owners Push Back Against Massive $14K Assessment Amid Alleged Neglect (FL) July 15, 2023
    Amid the growing financial strain of a massive surprise expense and neglected maintenance, residents of a Coral Springs community are voicing their concerns and desperately seeking a fair resolution from its association.  Read the article………………………..
  • Brace yourself Floridians, the promised insurance relief isn’t expected soon and could get worse July 14, 2023
    The Florida insurance industry is in a state of crisis.  Over the past year and a half, 15 Florida insurers placed moratoriums on writing new business in most counties and seven were declared insolvent.   Read the article………………………..
  • Police called on property owners after HOA increases monthly fees to $350 (FL) July 14, 2023
    A homeowners association meeting at the Mandarin Lakes neighborhood in Naranja Lakes went off the rails.  The Tuesday night meeting was cut short after residents say the cops were called by the HOA.   Read the article………………………..
  • Palm Beach condo-building redo hits a brick wall with architectural panel. Here’s why. (FL) July 13, 2023
    Architectural commissioners appeared surprised at their most recent meeting when they were asked to approve a plan to strip one of Palm Beach’s most prominent oceanfront condominium buildings of its distinctive red-brick accents.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lakeland Homeowners’ Insurance Woes Mount As Another Carrier Pulls Out of Florida July 12, 2023
    Farmers Insurance Group announced Tuesday that it is pulling out of Florida, becoming the 15th company to stop insuring homes in the state in the past 18 months — on top of seven companies that have been declared insolvent in the same timeframe.   Read the article………………………..
  • St. Augustine neighborhood amenity center vandalized (FL) July 12, 2023
    The search is on for a group of men caught on video vandalizing a St. Augustine neighborhood clubhouse overnight Monday.  Now, the homeowner’s association says the neighborhood is left to clean up thousands of dollars in damage.    Read the article………………………..
  • Volusia homeowners install piles as retention pond threatens foundations (FL) July 11, 2023
    As Florida prepares for hurricane season, one Volusia County couple is spending thousands to protect their property before another big storm.  Over the years, the bank of the retention pond behind their home has severely eroded, driving the pond dangerously close to their propert  Read the article………………………..
  • Condo dwellers smacked with skyrocketing insurance premiums (FL) July 9, 2023
    Question: Recently I received a notice from my condominium association that there is a $500,000 shortfall in the budget related to our insurance premiums. Starting next month all unit owners will be charged a certain percentage to cover this shortfall. To me this seems not quite right, since we all have paid association dues monthly as expected–how can they now come back to us to charge us more than they were charging us to begin with? Am I wrong on ...
  • ‘Reign of terror is over’: Wellington’s Black Diamond elects new HOA board members (FL) July 6, 2023
    Residents of the Black Diamond development in Wellington have at long last elected a new board, making moot the outcome of a lawsuit that sought to remove board members through a recall.   Read the article………………………..
  • Owner of property management company accused of stealing nearly $600K from Seminole County HOA (FL) July 6, 2023
    The owner of a property management company for a large HOA community in Winter Springs has been arrested on embezzlement charges.  Investigators said Tammi Morrison stole nearly $600,000 of the HOA’s money in the short time she was in charge.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I have not slept well in days’: A/C still not working in Brickell condo building after another setback (FL) July 5, 2023
    Just hours after the air conditioning was repaired at a Brickell condominium, two pipes burst, leaving many residents once again with no A/C and with no clear fix date in sight.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida HOA’s Can Ban Fireworks, You Can Be Fined, Cited, Trespassed July 4, 2023
    A reminder to homeowners who live in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach communities with homeowner’s associations. While Florida law permits fireworks on July 4th, your community has the right to ban them. And if you violate the ban, you could face fines, citations, even a potential trespass violation if your HOA calls the police.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I’m upset’: Residents go days without working A/C at Brickell condo building (FL) July 4, 2023
    As of Monday night, A/C is back on for several condo units in tower three of the Four Ambassadors. But before the air conditioning got repaired, some condos hit temperatures exceeding 90 degrees.   Read the article………………………..
  • The impending catastrophe: Florida property owners compelled to reduce insurance coverage July 3, 2023
    Florida’s property insurance crisis is worsening despite recent legislative efforts. The cost of property insurance with windstorm coverage has significantly increased, and coverage amounts have been reduced. As a result, many property owners are choosing to forgo windstorm coverage, which puts their financial well-being at risk, especially with the 2023 hurricane season now upon us.   Read the article………………………..
  • What can residents do when the HOA or condo board hasn’t posted audit or held elections? (FL) July 2, 2023
    Question: According to the Condominium Act, “each year the board of administration must prepare and complete a financial report of the previous year’s financial activities within ninety (90) days following the end of the Association’s fiscal year, or on such other date as the bylaws of the association require.”   Read the Q&A……………………………
  • HOA Q&A: Can monthly assessment invoices be emailed instead of mailed via postal service? (FL) July 1, 2023
    Q. Traditionally our association has mailed monthly assessment invoices to owners via U.S. mail. We are now considering e-mailing the statements in order to save time, money and paper. Can we do this?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Ex-Marco councilor Victor Rios gets two years probation in condo election fraud case (FL) July 1, 2023
    Former Marco Island City Councilor Victor Rios was sentenced to two years of probation on Wednesday for committing personal information fraud while allegedly rigging a 2019 condo board election.   Read the article………………………..
  • Town scuttles plan for public boat dock behind new waterfront condos (FL) June 28, 2023
    The dock was a condition of the town’s approval of the project, and the standoff imperiled Cornerstone’s ability to obtain a certificate of occupancy, potentially leaving people who bought high-priced residences there unable to move into them.   Read the article………………………..
  • Farmers Insurance Halts Sale of Homeowners Policies in Florida June 28, 2023
    In early June, Farmers Insurance Group announced it would cease issuing new homeowners policies in Florida for the foreseeable future. A Farmer’s spokesperson explained the decision, stating, “ith catastrophe costs at historically high levels and reconstruction costs continuing to climb, we implemented a pause on writing new homeowners policies to more effectively manage our risk exposure.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents at Plantation Acres demand more safety protocols for horses due to increased traffic and congestion (FL) June 28, 2023
    Horse lovers in Plantation Acres are concerned that increased traffic and congestion are making their equestrian community unsafe.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I said, this is it’: Man speaks out after surviving condo building shooting (FL) June 27, 2023
    Guido is now suing the Isola Condominium Association, its management company and a handful of other parties, alleging in the lawsuit they were negligent and should have done more to stop the shooter.  “There were at least six separate instances where the condominium and those working for the condominium could have stopped this from happening,” said Gary Davidson, another attorney representing the victim.   Read the article………………………..
  • Gated community votes on when to close the gates, but counting homeowners’ votes gets tricky (FL) June 25, 2023
    Question: We recently had a vote to close our development’s gates 24/7, rather than the current dusk to dawn closure. We have approximately 260 homes in our development. Of the votes cast, a strong majority voted to close the gates 24/7. There were 30 homeowners who did not vote. The HOA board chose to count all 30 non-voters with the “no votes,” and thereby the closing of the gates “lost” by one vote. Is this legal?   Read the Q&A,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  • Investigation at luxury Key Biscayne condo widens (FL) June 24, 2023
    Widening the scope of a criminal probe at the posh EmeraldBay condominium, the State Attorney’s Office confirmed this week it is now involved in a “misappropriation of funds” case that is now in its seventh week.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condominium association fees go up two years after deadly building collapse in Surfside (FL) June 24, 2023
    In Tampa Bay, real estate attorney Alicia Seward said condominium associations are raising fees because they have to build up reserve funds for repairs.  “There’s certainly a concern that with the increased expense that they would certainly not be able to afford to live there,” she said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Owners Could Be Caught Short By Recertification Mandates (FL) June 24, 2023
    Florida marks the two-year anniversary of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside tomorrow. Recertification laws passed after the tragedy could leave many condo owners with a rude awakening.Read the article………………………..
  • Code changes for tall buildings still in the works 2 years after Surfside condo collapse (FL) June 24, 2023
    It’s been two years since 98 lives were lost in the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside.  WPTV is taking a look at what has changed both locally and statewide regarding building codes and ways to prevent another tragedy.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two years after Surfside collapse, a bitter feud over the oceanfront land June 24, 2023
    On a lot scarred by the memories of 98 people who died here two years ago, developers are hopeful a new luxury oceanfront 12-story condominium building could soon rise.  The building, designed by a world-renowned architectural firm, will be constructed of glass fiber reinforced concrete and was partially inspired by one of South Florida’s most recognizable skyscrapers.    Read the article………………………..
  • At least 26 South Florida buildings deemed unsafe, evacuated since Surfside condo collapse June 24, 2023
    In the aftermath of the Champlain Towers South collapse, South Florida’s aging buildings have come under scrutiny, prompting more enforcement as well as evacuation orders.  NBC6 found more than two dozen buildings have been evacuated across Miami-Dade municipalities. Most of them are near the coastline.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: What are the new requirements for structural inspections of condo buildings? (FL) June 24, 2023
    Q: I understand there are new laws revising requirements for the milestone inspection reports for condominiums three stories or higher. Can you summarize the main points?   Read the Q&A……………………………
  • Cost of condo living on the rise after partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside (FL) June 23, 2023
    The cost of condo living is on the rise, partly because many South Florida condo associations are scrambling to meet new state requirements passed after part of the Champlain Towers South building collapsed in Surfside.  “It’s on the equivalent of Hurricane Andrew in 1992,” said Peter Zalewski, who runs the condo data and analytics website Condo Vultures.  Zalewski said the tragedy was a tipping point.  Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Owners Could Be Caught Short By Recertification Mandates (FL) June 23, 2023
    Florida marks the two-year anniversary of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside tomorrow. Recertification laws passed after the tragedy could leave many condo owners with a rude awakening.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents complain about unsanitary pool conditions at South Florida condo June 21, 2023
    A big benefit to condo living are the amenities. But residents in one community say they are paying for a pool they can’t use. So they turned to Kevin Ozebek and the 7 Investigates team for help.   Read the article………………………..
  • Eviction letters have Miami Beach condo owners living in fear (FL) June 21, 2023
    Apartment owners of a Miami Beach building have been living in fear since they received an eviction letter, notifying them that their building was in need of repairs.   Watch the news report…………………………..
  • House Bill 437 Overrides Certain HOA Flag Rules In Florida June 21, 2023
    House Bill 437, which Gov. DeSantis recently approved, expands the right of homeowners to display certain flags in Florida regardless of HOA rules. The newly passed law will take effect on July 1.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Has the law changed regarding if an owner is delinquent in payment of assessment? (FL) June 20, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association is planning to adopt a rule to allow trucks under a certain length in the community, as long as the truck is used for personal and not commercial purposes. Our Declaration prohibits trucks from being used or kept in the community except for commercial trucks that may be in the community because they are providing service to a resident or the association.   Read the Q&A………………………..
  • Bradenton to update vacation rental rules to include condos, deadline to register extended (FL) June 20, 2023
    Bradenton is hoping to find balance with new updates to vacation rental regulations that aim to keep the peace between short-term rental business owners and local residents who often raise concern about their tenants.   Read the article………………………..
  • Real Estate Counselor: Condo owners concerned by rising association budgets make for ideal committee members | Opinion (FL) June 20, 2023
    Many condominium associations in South Florida and across the state have already begun planning and implementing changes for the new milestone inspections and reserves requirements that lie in store as a result of last year’s condo-safety reforms. Budgetary and assessments increases are becoming necessary for most communities, and naturally this is triggering questions from impacted and concerned unit owners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Is it legal? An HOA board that never meets. A rule demands good credit score to purchase (FL) June 19, 2023
    Question: Our HOA board hasn’t had meetings in many years and only holds a meeting when they count the votes for the election of new (the same) board members. How is it possible for the board of directors to make decisions and spend money without holding meetings for the membership to attend and listen?     Read the Q&A………………………….
  • Florida Judge Slams SFR Restoration Firm for Misrepresentation, Fraud in Tower Hill Case June 19, 2023
    SFR Services, a Florida restoration firm made famous by its volume of claims litigation and its charges that United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. had instructed desk adjusters to alter their estimates, now finds itself in some legal trouble of its own   Read the article………………………..
  • Is it legal? An HOA board that never meets. A rule demands good credit score to purchase. (FL) June 18, 2023
    Question: Our HOA board hasn’t had meetings in many years and only holds a meeting when they count the votes for the election of new (the same) board members. How is it possible for the board of directors to make decisions and spend money without holding meetings for the membership to attend and listen?  Read the Q&A……………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can a board president withhold community financial info from other members? (FL) June 17, 2023
    Q: I am on the board of the HOA where I live, and the rest of the board recently passed a resolution that said that from now on, only the president and the property manager can view and control the payroll information for the community. I was the only board member that voted against it, and I don’t understand how they could withhold that information from the rest of us.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • New Florida law expands right to display flags despite rules created by local HOAs June 17, 2023
    Starting July 1, Gov. DeSantis signed a bill increasing the number of flags homeowners can display regardless of rules created by the homeowners’ association.  Read the article………………………..
  • Pool deck at collapsed Florida condo building failed to comply with codes, standards, officials say June 17, 2023
    The swimming pool deck of a beachfront South Florida condominium that collapsed two years ago, killing 98 people, failed to comply with the original building codes and standards, with many areas of severe strength deficiency, federal investigators said Thursday   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents at Clearwater condo plea for help after living with broken elevator for more than month (FL) June 13, 2023
    A Clearwater condo complex elevator has been broken since May 10. For the elderly residents on the top floors, every trip up and down the stairs is difficult.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Has the law changed regarding if an owner is delinquent in payment of assessment? (FL) June 10, 2023
    Q: Our condominium association is planning to adopt a rule to allow trucks under a certain length in the community, as long as the truck is used for personal and not commercial purposes. Our Declaration prohibits trucks from being used or kept in the community except for commercial trucks that may be in the community because they are providing service to a resident or the association. Can the Board do this?   Read the Q&A…………………………
  • Polk says there’s no easy fix to Imperial Lakes flooding, but long-term fix is in planning (FL) June 10, 2023
    Imperial Lakes residents looking for a quick fix to decades-long flooding problems will probably be disappointed.  Joan Pezzani and her neighbors told Polk County commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting that they wanted an immediate fix to periodic flooding along Imperial Lakes Boulevard. The boulevard is the only way in or out of the massive 1,700-acre golf course community with housing and commercial developments in Mulberry.   Read the article………………………..
  • Canadian Geese creating a flock of issues in Southside Jacksonville community (FL) June 10, 2023
    Residents of Ironwood Village in Jacksonville are facing various challenges from feathered foes. Some neighbors have voiced their concerns about geese that are damaging their lawns and creating a mess in the area.   Read the article………………………..
  • We just have to work around it’: Sea turtle nest blocks beach access for Redington Beach condo residents (FL) June 9, 2023
    Sea turtle nesting season is underway, and nesting sites have been popping up along Florida’s beaches.  Disturbing a nest is a crime, a third-degree felony under Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act, so residents at a condo along Redington Beach are taking unusual measures to get around the sea turtle nest that’s blocking their access to the beach.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida insurance fraud investigation widens to include earlier hurricanes June 9, 2023
    Republican Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis confirmed at an Orlando news conference Thursday that the investigation of alleged insurance fraud that was launched in the wake of Hurricane Ian last September is widening to include earlier storms.   Read the article………………………..
  • Voters make big changes at EmeraldBay condo in wake of legal troubles (FL) June 7, 2023
    In a strong rebuke amid mounting legal issues, EmeraldBay condominium owners voted building President Louisa Conway out of office Tuesday night. Also defeated was Antonio Camejo, a fellow director and the association’s treasurer.    Read the article………………………..
  • Lakewood versus STARability: No movement yet in building controversy (FL) June 6, 2023
    The summer slowdown is here and that’s evident by the standstill on the controversy between the Lakewood community in East Naples and the nonprofit STARability Foundation.  “Nothing is going on,” said Charles Salyer, president of Lakewood Master Homeowners Association.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We panic every time it rains’: Lakeland condo owners frustrated after rain, sand flood homes (FL) June 6, 2023
    Neighbors in Lakeland are stuck with flooded homes and say a construction company and the city left them with nowhere to turn.  10 Tampa Bay was the first to report on issues at Magnolia Pointe Condos when they flooded on Friday for the second time in two weeks.    Read the article………………………..
  • FL: Expert says condo retaliation against residents is common June 3, 2023
    Residents who try to hold condominium associations accountable are often subjects of retaliation, creating a culture of fear where rogue boards can run amok, said former Sunny Isles mayor and real estate attorney Dana Goldman.  Read the article………………………..
  • Roof damaged by Hurricane Ian leaks months after the storm (FL) June 3, 2023
    Pools of rain collecting on a roof with no way of draining.  Hurricane Ian damaged the roof at the Parkway Condominiums in North Fort Myers, and now, with the rainy season, the apartments are getting water damage.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: If personal property blows onto condo roof, does owner or HOA pay to remove it? (FL) June 3, 2023
    Q: During a recent storm, swirling 65+mph winds picked up a small piece of patio furniture from my second-floor balcony and lifted it up and over the roof, whereupon it landed on another roof. The management company had reached out to the community asking to keep them apprised of any storm-related issues or damage.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • ‘Malicious and vindictive’: Woman says HOA towed late husband’s cars as she planned funeral (FL) June 3, 2023
    A South Florida woman is accusing her homeowner’s association of towing away her late husband’s cars while she dealt with his sudden death and planned his funeral.  Dori Cousley’s 59-year-old husband Richard died of a sudden heart attack.    Read the article………………………..
  • EmeraldBay condo named in another lawsuit as problems mount (FL) June 1, 2023
    The legal problems are mounting for the EmeraldBay Condominium Association, which is fighting a new lawsuit from the company it hired to do extensive concrete restoration work for the 12-story Key Colony building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida Judge Slams SFR Contractor for Misrepresentation, Fraud in Tower Hill Case June 1, 2023
    SFR Services, a Florida restoration firm made famous by its volume of claims litigation and its charges that United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. had instructed desk adjusters to alter their estimates, now finds itself in some legal trouble of its own.   Read the article………………………..
  • 400 chunks of concrete may explain what caused a deadly building collapse in Florida June 1, 2023
    A federal team investigating the collapse of a condominium tower in Surfside, Fla., has moved into the next phase of its work. Ninety-eight people died on June 24, 2021, when part of the Champlain Towers South building unexpectedly collapsed.   Read the article………………………..
  • Waukesha, Horizon West condo owners close to lawsuit resolution (wI) May 31, 2023
    The city of Waukesha and Horizon West condominium owners are close to resolving a lawsuit over the former home of 65 people.  Residents were forced out in December 2021 when city engineers feared the building might collapse and later issued a raze order. The condo owners did not want to pay to tear it down and took the city to court.   Read the article………………………..
  • Wildlife gardening in HOA communities (FL) May 31, 2023
    If you live in a community with a homeowners association (HOA), there may be restrictions on landscaping, or processes to have landscaping plans approved. Getting approvals for your desired garden does not have to be difficult.   Read the article………………………..
  • Criminal investigation at EmeraldBay condo into reported “misappropriation of funds” (FL) May 30, 2023
    A criminal investigation is in progress at the EmeraldBay condominium in Key Colony into a misappropriation of funds, police said. It is just the latest turmoil inside the vast luxury complex that is home to one-fourth of the island’s residents.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can a homeowner’s board assess costs to fix a resident’s damage to entry gate? (FL) May 27, 2023
    Q: Our homeowners association is a gated community that uses an automatic entry system. Recently, one of our member’s teenagers became frustrated when the gate did not open automatically and used his vehicle to force the gate open. The gate strike caused significant damage to the gate which the Association paid for. Can the Board just assess the parents for the cost of the gate repairs?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Hammocks receiver sues former HOA leaders over allowing alleged $3M fraud (FL) May 27, 2023
    Less than a year after four ex-board members of the Hammocks homeowners association were charged with massive fraud, a new lawsuit takes aim at other former HOA leaders who allegedly did nothing to stop the scheme that siphoned millions of dollars from residents.   Read the article………………………..
  • Elderly Clearwater couple unable to leave condo after elevator breaks: ‘We can’t do anything’ (FL) May 26, 2023
    An elderly couple says they can’t get out of their Clearwater condo for doctors’ appointments because a broken elevator.  Evelyn Mense, 86, and her husband live on the top floor of her condo building at the Villas at Countryside.   Read the article………………………..
  • Edgewater condo owners sue developer Two Roads over termination (FL) May 25, 2023
    Ten unit owners are fighting Two Roads Development’s termination and planned demolition of their waterfront condo building in Miami’s Edgewater.    Read the article………………………..
  • 300 dump trucks traverse Florida neighborhood each day to restore dunes decimated by Hurricane Ian May 25, 2023
    Beach defenses, millions of years in the making, took Hurricane Ian half a day to tear apart in Barefoot Beach, Florida. The dunes were decimated. Now, the small neighborhood and preserve is rebuilding their first line of defense, just weeks before the start of the next hurricane season.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo vs Condo: Key Colony sues EmeraldBay for unpaid bills (FL) May 25, 2023
    The Key Colony Homeowners’ Association is suing the EmeraldBay building – and by extension, hundreds of its own members – for what it says is a breach of a 30-year financial practice used to manage millions of dollars in owner fees each year.    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida high-rise condo owners feel financial pinch with rising HOA fees and insurance costs May 24, 2023
    High-rise condos in Florida are feeling the financial squeeze with new structural mandates and rising insurance costs; now, individual condo homeowners with Citizens Property Insurance have to get flood coverage for their units, even if they’re ten stories above ground.   Read the article………………………..
  • Can Seller Get Delayed Special Assessment Back? (FL) May 24, 2023
    Question: We were specially assessed for a project for our condominium. We paid almost the entire assessment at his point, but we need to sell our unit and move due to an opportunity. The board postponed the project for at least a year if not more. Are we entitled to get our money back when we sell before the project even begins?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Regulators were warned years ago that insurance companies were altering Florida claims May 24, 2023
    After seeing Buvens’ estimate, United Property and Casualty, known as UPC, sent engineers to the home. The engineers found six broken tiles but reported no damage. A final report — with Buvens’ name on it — said the claim wasn’t covered and the homeowner was owed $0.  Read the article………………………..
  • ‘An absolute nightmare’: Residents say race to build new seawalls slowed by state (FL) May 23, 2023
    Residents of Grand Coquina Beach-side condos in Daytona Beach Shores say they have finally obtained permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to begin construction on a new seawall following destruction from Hurricane Ian.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA board re-votes to keep ducks alive after controversial decision (FL) May 23, 2023
    The Breakers West Association Master Board re-voted on Monday to overturn its original vote to kill dozens of ducks in the community.  Earlier this month, CBS12 News reported the HOA board’s controversial decision that left members of the community up in arms.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo court battle continues in downtown Orlando (FL) May 21, 2023
    The property manager of a downtown Orlando condo building called Orlando Police to try to kick 9 Investigates out of a meeting, right before the board passed a half-million-dollar assessment that some owners argue could be unlawful.   Read the article………………………..
  • Real Estate Counselor: Prevalence of unpaid HOA dues shows need for uniform collections policies | Opinion May 20, 2023
    The collection of maintenance assessments from community owners is among the most fundamental aspects of community association operations. The viability of the community association model relies on owners paying their share of the costs incurred by associations to operate and maintain their community and preserve their property values.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Are dues paying owners entitled to know who’s delinquent and if any sanctions? (FL) May 20, 2023
    Q: With HOA and condo associations’ constant emphasis on dues and budgets, are we entitled, as dues paying owners, to know (no names, please) how many owners are delinquent, what our association is doing about collecting these funds and sanctions, if any, currently imposed?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Plaque honoring local teen hero who died trying to save another removed by HOA (FL) May 20, 2023
    In an email, Miami Management, Inc. said, ” At this time, the association has no comment regarding the matter. Sarah Perry, Aiden’s mother was provided a detailed explanation and arrangements made for her to be present, so she could take possession of it when it was removed.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Some condo buyers are hesitant to purchase as they wait out new rules (FL) May 15, 2023
    Some uncertainty among potential condominium buyers is brewing as they wait to see how the latest state guidelines on condo safety play out.   Read the article………………………..
  • Emotional support animal rights run amok? Condo resident balks at service dogs poolside (FL) May 14, 2023
    Question: We live in a 142-unit condominium. Regarding pets, our rules state that “this is a pet free community. No unit owner, lessee or guest may keep a pet within any unit or common area.”    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can members of the Board of Directors vote by proxy? (FL) May 13, 2023
    Q: My condominium board just had a board meeting. The board is composed of five directors. There were two directors present at the meeting. One of the directors stated that he had the proxies of two other directors.  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Impose meaningful sanctions on Treasure Coast developers who refuse to follow the rules (FL) May 11, 2023
    I’m speaking in particular of a case in which D.R. Horton, a company that bills itself as “America’s homebuilder,” has apparently created drainage problems for neighboring properties through its preliminary work on a subdivision alternately known as Kanner Lake or Willow Pointe.  Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Raton HOA Sues Resident Over Fence, House Color (FL) May 11, 2023
    In another example reaffirming that complying with a homeowner association’s rules is not optional in Florida, the Fieldbrook Estates property owner’s association is suing a homeowner over the removal of a fence, the repainting of a home in a color not approved by the HOA, and other cosmetic issues. The fence removal, according to a court filing, was not approved.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers reverse Citizens flood insurance requirement for high-rise condos May 10, 2023
    Back in December, 8 On Your Side told you how a new rule was about to kick in. It required Citizens Property Insurance policyholders who live in high- rise buildings to buy flood insurance as well. This applied even to condo owners on the 20th floor, for example.   Read the article………………………..
  • Minutes Must Be Kept Permanently (FL) May 8, 2023
    Q: How long must a 50-year-old condominium retain the minutes of the board of directors’ meetings?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Lack of a tree-cutting permit could cost Astor condo association more than $20,000 (FL) May 8, 2023
    When Jungle Den Villas condo association president Tony Adams paid a company to cut down a large oak tree on association property in Astor, he didn’t think much of it.  The tree was dangerous. It was decaying, and the root system was damaging the dock and seawall, according to a document from a tree specialist. Adams said the tree had dropped limbs on the dock.    Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can people not 55 live in a 55-and-over community? (FL) May 6, 2023
    Q: I live in a 55-and-older co-op and there is a home here that the person who owned it passed and her daughter took the home over. She has since moved in with her sister, her sister’s friend and her boyfriend who are not 55.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Woman Claims Critical Injury On Bench Press (FL) May 5, 2023
    The G.L. Homes community of Valencia Reserve is being sued by a homeowner who claims she was critically injured on fitness equipment that should have been maintained — but wasn’t. The suit names Valencia Reserve Homeowners Association and Total Health Systems as the Defendants. G.L. built but does not run the community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers pass condo safety changes May 5, 2023
    The state’s Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would revise a condominium-safety law that stemmed from the deadly June 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside.  Read the article………………………..
  • North Bay Village residents of condo deemed unsafe receive checks after donation from Channel 7 Foundation (FL) May 4, 2023
    Some residents in North Bay Village have received a helping hand weeks after they were ordered out of a condominium.  North Bay Village Mayor Brent Latham on Wednesday delivered checks to those who were displaced when their building was deemed unsafe in April.   Read the article………………………..
  • DeLand neighborhood watches large washout expand, creeping closer to homes (FL) May 3, 2023
    FOX 35 News called the Saddlebrook homeowners association and was told it keeps residents informed, and they didn’t want to comment on the washout. However, residents said they have been in the dark about what’s being done.   Read the article………………………..
  • Man shot by Cocoa officer, security guard files lawsuit against property management (FL) May 2, 2023
    Now, Bray is suing the homeowner’s association, property management and apartment security for damages in excess of $50,000 for Bray’s “extreme pain and suffering.”  The lawsuit blames the security company’s “negligent training and supervision” and calls the security guard “unfit in his role.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Boca West Sues New Condo Owner For Nearly $200,000 (FL) May 2, 2023
    According to a lawsuit reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com, an LLC registered in Las Vegas purchased a unit in Boca West back in January for just $58,000. With the low price, however, apparently came several years of unpaid dues and fees. Boca West wants the new owner — listed as “The Spring Estates LLC” to pay up. The total: $197,526.67.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fla. and La. must borrow millions to pay insurance claims May 2, 2023
    The Gulf Coast insurance crisis has hit a new low as two state-chartered insurance associations are being forced to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars for the first time in three decades to pay the hurricane claims of insolvent insurers.  Borrowing in Florida and Louisiana could reach a combined $1.35 billion and will be repaid largely by insurance policyholders across each state through premium increases or surcharges that will last for years.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pompano woman wins $5.5 million in lawsuit over mold in her co-op apartment (FL) April 29, 2023
    APompano Beach woman won a $5.5 million judgment against her co-op association this week after proving in court that she suffered irreparable harm from mold in her unit.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: If a new board member resigns, how do we replace that person? (FL) April 29, 2023
    Q: We just had our condominium association elections. There were 3 open seats and 4 people ran. Three people were elected to the Board of Directors. But, one week later, one of the new Board members resigned from their seat on the Board. How does the Board replace the director who resigned?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Ex-Marco councilor Victor Rios guilty of fraud, not guilty of forgery in condo election trial (FL) April 27, 2023
    A Collier County jury found former Marco Island City Councilor Victor Rios guilty of fraudulent use of personal information but not guilty of forgery following a three-day trial over his alleged manipulation of a 2019 condo board election.   Read the article………………………..
  • Trial begins for former Marco Island councilor Rios charged with condo board vote fraud (FL) April 27, 2023
    The trial for former Marco Island City Councilor Victor Rios began this week over allegations that he forged votes to win re-election to a condominium board in 2019.   Read the article………………………..
  • Independent investigator says still no answers on Surfside condo collapse (FL) April 26, 2023
    Kilsheimer said he is 90% sure the tower’s collapse was not the result of foundational issues. Still, he blames delays in answers to a number of unexpected obstacles he and his team have faced in getting access to sample and test debris from the site.   Read the article………………………..
  • Stolen condo association funds recovered with minimum loss, but cyber criminals once more prove the need for diligence (FL) April 26, 2023
    Sophisticated cyber criminals managed to steal $3,300 from a Key Biscayne condo association, but it could have been much worse.  “We made a careless mistake, but we got lucky,” said Botanica condo president Matt Bramson. “It’s regrettable, and nobody’s happy about it, but in the big scheme of things, getting back the big chunk of the money” was a blessing.     Read the article………………………..
  • Fire Sprinkler/ELSS Update for High Rise Buildings (FL) April 26, 2023
    If you own a unit in a high-rise condominium or manage such condominiums, you are likely aware that the Condominium Act requires that the condominium buildings must be retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life-safety system (ELSS). The Condominium Act provides that the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) may not require completion of such system before January 1, 2024.  Read the article………………………..
  • Residents at Miami’s Nirvana condominium complex concerned about crocodile sightings (FL) April 26, 2023
    A community is raising safety concerns after spotting a crocodile roaming in the waters of their backyard. They say the reptile is too close to where dogs and kids play.  “It’s scary. It’s of course scary,” said a woman.  “There’s a big croc here, and it’s potentially dangerous for dogs and the kids,” said a man.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two Waterfront Condo Buildings in Miami Area Are Looking to Sell to Developers (FL) April 26, 2023
    Waterfront condo buildings in the Miami area are up for grabs.  In Sunny Isles Beach, the homeowners association of Kings Point Imperial Condominium has listed the property for sale, having hired a Colliers team led by Gerard Yetming was hired earlier this month to broker a buyout.   Read the article………………………..
  • Alden Pines HOA proposes purchasing golf course (FL) April 26, 2023
    Alden Pines Homeowners Association members gathered at the Pine Island Community Church April 19 for a long-deferred annual meeting. After brief and speedy formalities, HOA board member Scott Snyder took over the meeting to address a topic of concern to all, what was happening with the Alden Pines Golf Course.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two proposed legislative bills look to alter rules on inspections of coastal building and condo inspection April 25, 2023
    Two proposed bills in the Florida Legislature could have a huge impact on Florida’s coastal communities — one could benefit them; the other is causing an uproar.   Read the article………………………..
  • Trouble stopping automatic payments because of records locked in storage (FL) April 25, 2023
    A property manager started helping an association and discovered a storage facility wouldn’t let them see their records and wouldn’t stop deducting money each month for the storage. Can someone deduct money from your bank account without your permission? It’s why they called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA purchase of Pines Trailer Park fails (FL) April 25, 2023
    Negotiations have failed between the land owner and the homeowners in the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach.  A resident, who requested anonymity, informed The Islander of the development April 20.  Throughout the negotiations over the sale of the bayfront mobile home park at 103 Church Ave., residents have been instructed by attorneys not to publicly discuss matters.   Read the article………………………..
  • Opposition to vacation rental legislation continues (FL) April 25, 2023
    City officials continue to lead the opposition to proposed state legislation that would curtail local governments’ ability to regulate short-term vacation rentals.  Senate Bill 714 and House Bill 833 seek to preempt the regulation of vacation rentals to the state, specifically to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Owners Continue Fight as Reform Bills Move Through Tallahassee (FL) April 25, 2023
    The fight from condo owners continues after a state law passed that increases the amount of money required in condo reserves. The law is aimed at preventing another Surfside collapse.  Read the article………………………..
  • Social events may not be proper common expenses, depending on governing documents (FL) April 23, 2023
    Q: I live in a community governed by a HOA. In the past, we have always had a small portion of our budget set aside for social and community events (i.e. holiday parties, community room gatherings, etc.). Our most recent holiday party was canceled at the last minute. First the board indicated that they would not pay for any alcoholic beverages for any events, which I can understand.    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Guest column: Safe buildings start with developers, contractors. Gov. DeSantis must veto SB 360 (FL) April 23, 2023
    How did the Florida Legislature this session pass SB 360, a bill which extinguishes homeowner rights and destroys developer/contractor accountability for the work they perform? Certainly, our legislators must understand that thousands of Floridians are currently struggling to pay massive special assessments to fund mandated maintenance and repair projects?   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida condo owners get more clarity on safety inspections | Editorial April 22, 2023
    How can Florida make condominiums safer without pricing these residents out of their homes? That’s at the heart of legislation this year that eases some of the reforms state lawmakers adopted after the deadly 2021 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: If board president won’t set meeting on special issue, what can be done? (FL) April 22, 2023
    Q: If the president refuses to set up a noticed board meeting on a pressing issue, may a director or combination of directors (5-person board) do it?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Pinellas County condo owners still waiting for repairs 20 months after storm (FL) April 22, 2023
    A couple has been waiting months for repairs after a storm damaged their property in Pinellas County.  The Breitensteins said they’ve tried to work with their HOA and various vendors but now desperate, they’re turning to 8 On Your Side. They’ve been dealing with delays for 20 months.   Read the article………………………..
  • The high cost of ignoring Florida’s insurance crisis April 21, 2023
    The real emergency here is the inexplicable lack of attention to this issue by our elected state officials. While there seems to be no problem acting swiftly and decisively to pass partisan bills on parental rights, permitless gun carry, school vouchers and abortion, they’ve taken a laissez faire attitude about the collapse of the insurance industry and the threat of residents being priced out of their homes.  Read the article………………………..
  • North Bay Village condo building deemed unsafe, residents ordered to evacuate (FL) April 21, 2023
    Officials deemed a more than six-decade-old condominium building in North Bay Village unsafe Thursday afternoon, forcing residents to evacuate by 10 a.m. Tuesday.  According to property records, the waterfront building, located on Harbor Island, was constructed in 1960.  Problems cropped up after a building engineer conducted its 60-year recertification inspection Sunday.    Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners struggle with discriminatory homeowners association (FL) April 20, 2023
    Q: Q: I read the article you wrote about first-time homebuyers and homeowners associations. Florida has a lot of gated communities, and along with that typically comes a powerful homeowners association (HOA). Unfortunately, I didn’t know that when I moved and purchased my first house in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I live in a gated-community.    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • ‘They wanted to be putting that fire out’: Pasco homeowner says broken hydrant led to delays in fighting blaze (FL) April 19, 2023
    A Pasco County man believes a fire hydrant that wasn’t working led to delays in fighting the fire that damaged his home.  The ABC Action News I-Team uncovered that when it comes to inspections and maintenance of fire hydrants, not all hydrants are treated equally.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flooding Victims in Fort Lauderdale’s Edgewood Neighborhood Face Daunting Cleanup Task (FL) April 18, 2023
    “You go up Federal Highway and it’s dry and everything’s back to normal, but people don’t come back here and see that it’s friggin’ ground zero disaster area,” said Wendy Wills, the homeowner’s association president.   It’s a challenge for all the residents. First, they survived the inundation of nearly 26 inches of rain in 24 hours.    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida homeowners face new 1% assessment fee amid property insurance crisis April 18, 2023
    The Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA), which handles claims when insurance companies go insolvent, voted on March 31 to ask state regulators to collect a 1% emergency “assessment” to help cover claims from insurance companies that may or have become insolvent.    Read the article………………………..
  • Commissioner Gonzalez brings relief to property owners in The Hammocks (FL) April 17, 2023
    Miami-Dade County Commissioner Roberto J. Gonzalez sponsored legislation that was passed unanimously by the county commission on Tuesday, Apr. 4, to grant property owners of The Hammocks Community Association in West Kendall a limited extended period to resolve civil penalties and liens related to building code violations, an action that will provide direct relief to financially burdened District 11 owners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami’s Rampant Condo-Building Is Trampling All Over History (FL) April 17, 2023
    On Brickell Avenue, near the mouth of the Miami River and a few minutes’ walk from the site of the ancient Miami Circle, sits a parcel of land ready to be developed into a block of luxury high-rise apartments.   Read the article………………………..
  • My condo president nixes owners’ choice of a real estate agent. Is that legal? (FL) April 16, 2023
    Question: I have my condominium unit up for sale. I have heard that our president has a habit of asking Realtors who represent sellers for their business cards, and that he informs them that the association will only deal with Realtors from our local area. He also slows application paperwork by denying having received them, and then he will deny applications without providing a reason.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • HOA board has few obligations to respond to owner concerns (FL) April 16, 2023
    Please see the attached letter I received from my HOA attorney, instructing me that I can no longer contact the association directly, and that any communications must be sent by certified mail directly to the attorney. This is in retaliation for asking for a copy of the 2021 audit, which is way overdue  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: If an election of directors is uncontested must we still vote? (FL) April 15, 2023
    Q: Our HOA Bylaws provide that even if the election of directors is uncontested the candidates still have to be approved at an election by a vote of the owners. Do the Bylaws control over the statutes which provide that no election is required if the election is uncontested?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • St. Petersburg condo association sued for noise silences bell (FL) April 14, 2023
    For years, a warning bell sounded an alarm every time a car exited the parking garage at the swanky Ovation condo tower in downtown St. Petersburg.  Pedestrians heard it, but so did some annoyed downtown residents and workers.  Read the article………………………..
  • Elderly woman speaks out after she says condo manager attacked her and mouthed an antisemitic curse (FL) April 13, 2023
    An elderly couple is speaking out after a disturbing confrontation between a condo manager and a resident in her 70s.  Speaking with 7News on Wednesday, Martha Arnold said it was bad enough that she was physically attacked, but it’s what she said the manager told her that may have been even worse.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida homeowners with Citizens Property Insurance upset over mandatory flood insurance in non-flood zones April 13, 2023
    As of last week, 1.24 million Florida homeowners have the state’s “insurer of last resort,” Citizens Property Insurance. But now, some are worried about a mandatory flood insurance requirement, even if they aren’t in flood zones.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida Senators approve tweaks to ‘milestone inspections’ in condo safety law April 13, 2023
    In an issue stemming from the deadly collapse of a building in Surfside, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make changes to a condominium-safety law approved last year.  Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers aim to ease condo confusion, but money questions remain (FL) April 13, 2023
    As residents of condominiums across Florida struggle to adapt to a sweeping new law that increases building inspections and maintenance costs, Florida legislators have agreed to a series of changes aimed at ending confusion — but not the financial pain.  Read the article………………………..
  • Senate passes proposal to fix glitches in condo reforms, but not financial challenge (FL) April 12, 2023
    As residents of condominiums across Florida struggle to adapt to a sweeping new law that increases building inspections and maintenance costs, Florida legislators have agreed to a series of changes aimed at ending confusion — but not the financial pain.   Read the article………………………..
  • Detailed exploration of the County’s condo assessment loan program (FL) April 12, 2023
    ……let’s take a closer look at Miami-Dade County’s new Condominium Special Assessment Program, which was explained to residents in late March in a meeting hosted by the Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents’ Council and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado.   Read the article………………………..
  • Punta Rassa condos still unlivable six months after Hurricane Ian (FL) April 12, 2023
    Maraffio said the reason for the hold-up according to her condo association is because of the insurance company.  “ Basically the insurance company has not attempted to negotiate a settlement,” said Maraffio.   Read the article………………………..
  • Are you having issues with insurance coverage after Hurricane Ian? Mold is one reason (FL) April 12, 2023
    Dealing with insurance is a hassle. It’s confusing and complicated. And with a major natural disaster, it’s even worse.  Bouncing back from Ian — and festering mold — has been problematic amid an unstable and chaotic insurance market. Thousands of claims have been rejected, leaving many wondering what’s next.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fort Lauderdale couple’s condo door repeatedly hit and kicked, felony investigation launched after kick cracked it (FL) April 12, 2023
    A South Florida couple is on edge after “commotion at their condo” caused by repeated banging on their door. Who’s doing the knocking and why? 7’s Karen Hensel investigates.   Read the article………………………..
  • Navy veteran fighting Jupiter community HOA to keep service dog off leash (FL) April 11, 2023
    A U.S. Navy veteran in Jupiter is in a battle with his homeowner’s association over the right to have his service dog off-leash in their neighborhood.   Tim Durbin has PTSD and said his dog needs to be loose so she can respond when he has a medical emergency, but the HOA said it’s against the rules and has fined him several times.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pinellas County sues HOA for failure to maintain road, fix dangerous holes (FL) April 11, 2023
    A battle over who is responsible to repair a private road that connects several neighborhoods has taken an unusual turn. Pinellas County has sued the HOA and the original developer.  The county filed a lawsuit against Estancia Townes HOA and Sunfield Homes Inc.   Read the article………………………..
  • Owners must educate themselves before buying a home governed by a community association (FL) April 9, 2023
    Q: While your recent answer to the question of unequal assessments for a penthouse versus the other units is factually correct, the one part of your response I take issue with focuses on your statement that the owners knew what they were buying.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Receiver talks about Miami Gardens apartment fire (FL) April 8, 2023
    David Gersten is also the receiver for the New World condo, the building that caught fire in Miami Gardens.  Watch the news interview…………………….
  • Hammocks HOA receiver shares information every homeowner should know (FL) April 8, 2023
    The investigation into the Hammocks Homeowners Association prompted a wave of phone calls and emails to our newsroom from residents looking to change what’s happening in their HOAs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Police recover $101,000 in Key Biscayne condo email fraud case (FL) April 8, 2023
    Key Biscayne Deputy Chief Jason Younes said the department worked with state and federal authorities to recover the money but are still trying to determine who was responsible for a deceptive series of emails that tricked condominium employees into making a payment to a new and deceptive bank account.   Read the article………………………..
  • New bill can be the latest fix on homeowner’s insurance rates (FL) April 8, 2023
    A bill heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk could make it harder for homeowners to sue over construction defects in their homes.  Read the article………………………..It’s Florida’s latest effort to manage what some call out-of-control litigation.
  • Newly passed bill to lower statute of limitations on fraudulent contracting gets mixed reactions (FL) April 7, 2023
    Howell said as the law stands right now, developers have seven years to hand over the association for a condominium or a home in an HOA to the homeowner, meaning the homeowner can’t make a claim on a construction defect until then.   Read the article………………………..
  • A Sarasota couple stands up against effort to remove oaks from neighborhood (FL) April 7, 2023
    Few residents in the 103 households of Greenfield, a subdivision at the corner of Wilkinson Road and Honore Avenue, attend the monthly homeowner association (HOA) meetings. Desiree Moulton and Roger Metz have rarely gone since they built their home in 1994 – when Honore ended at Bee Ridge Road and didn’t run behind their back yard, as it does today.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida bill would stop HOAs from prohibiting displays of certain flags on homes April 6, 2023
    A Florida bill protecting homeowners’ right to fly certain flags outside of their homes cleared its second Senate committee Wednesday morning.  In 2017 Action News Jax brought you the story of a homeowner in St. Johns County who was told by their homeowner’s association, they had to take down the Thin Blue Line flag displayed outside their home.   Read the article………………………..
  • DeSantis Must Veto SB 360 – Proposed Law Contradicts New Safety Standards and Places Financial Burden on Homeowners (FL) April 5, 2023
    Last year, the Florida Legislature passed SB 4-D with the stated purpose of safeguarding the millions of Floridians living in older multifamily buildings. Known as the Condo Safety Law, SB 4-D requires periodic engineering inspections for buildings three stories and higher and mandates that associations reserve funds to pay for ongoing maintenance and repair projects. How then, did the Florida Legislature this Session pass SB 360   Read the article………………………..
  • Alden Pines residents wonder what the future holds (FL) April 5, 2023
    An informational meeting for Alden Pines residents was held Monday, March 6, at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in St. James City. According to Homeown-ers Association Board President Diana Hembrook, things have gone from bad to worse since Hurricane Ian blew through town.   Read the article………………………..
  • After arrests and 300% fee hikes, Florida’s largest homeowners association gets new board (FL) April 4, 2023
    The last time the Hammocks held an election for board members, it was a debacle that further alienated homeowners from a tyrannical board of directors that had seized control of the West Kendall subdivision. Hundreds of residents waiting in line were not allowed to vote because of a bomb threat, which police later said was fake. A protest erupted outside the clubhouse. There were accusations of ballot-tampering and bribery.    Read the article………………………..
  • Families Displaced After Condominium Catches Fire in Sunrise (FL) April 4, 2023
    Several families were displaced Monday after a fire damaged a condominium complex in Sunrise.  The fire damaged all eight units of the multifamily home on Northwest 30th Place near 106th Avenue just before 3 p.m.     Read the article………………………..
  • Miami-Dade state attorney discusses property management cases, bill that would help prosecute crimes (FL) April 4, 2023
    Local 10 News has reported several stories from South Florida residents frustrated by their condo and homeowners associations and property management companies.  “I have three complaints with case numbers,” said condo owner Jenny Trujillo. “They have done nothing.”    Read the article………………………..
  • Hurricane Ian’s hit on insurer complaint helpline hours draws scrutiny (FL) April 4, 2023
    Griping that Floridians only have three hours a day to lodge complaints about their property insurer via the state’s consumer hotline have led the state to open up another hour on the line, officials say.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flagler County man sentenced for hiding cameras in condos (FL) April 4, 2023
    A Flagler County man was sentenced Monday for video voyeurism.  Investigators say that Robert Orr, 59, placed cameras in condominiums in his complex, recording unknowing victims in compromising positions.  He was sentenced Monday to two years in prison followed by three years of probation.    Read the article………………………..
  • Putting money in escrow does not excuse the payment of assessments (FL) April 3, 2023
    Q: Is is legal to deposit your HOA monthly payment in an escrow account if you are frustrated with the board’s performance?  There are quite of us that are interested in your response.  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Captiva crews extinguish fire on condo’s roof (FL) April 3, 2023
    The company working on the roof was still on it when firefighters arrived.   “They were trying to extinguish it with bottles of water when we got there,” he said.  The fire crews gained access to the roof using a truck and ladder, then proceeded to put out the flames. They also cut open a small section to verify that the fire did not extend underneath into the interior.   Read the article………………………..
  • Three FL property insurance carriers seeking rate hikes between 14% and 103% for condo policies April 2, 2023
    This week, a small insurance company – Kin Interinsurance Network – based in St. Petersburg, asked the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to approve a rate hike of 103.2 percent for condominium policies.   Read the article………………………..
  • Does the county treat all of roads fairly? (FL) April 1, 2023
    The Clearview Estates of Citrus Hills POA Homeowners Association (HOA) has a concern of fairness: does the BOCC, Citrus County Public Works and the Sheriff’s Office treat traffic concerns (speeding) equally? The HOA has an ongoing issue of speeding throughout the development.    Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Are management companies required under Florida law? April 1, 2023
    Q: Our condominium is going through a transition from one management company to another. There will be a period of three weeks where we will not be managed by a management company. Is this allowed under Florida law? Would we be in non-compliance with the law if we don’t have a management company?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Homeowners hopeful bill inspired by Hammocks HOA will become law (FL) March 30, 2023
    A bill inspired by the headaches faced by Hammocks HOA homeowners seems to be unstoppable on its way to becoming law.  HB919 recently passed through its first committee, one of three with overwhelming support.    Read the article………………………..
  • SIX MONTHS AFTER IAN: A community struggles to hold on during battles with insurance (FL) March 30, 2023
    Fox 4 Investigates pulled the latest numbers from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation which show of the nearly 500,000 residential property claims filed since Ian passed, less than half of the claims have been paid out.   Read the article………………………..
  • Report: Citizens Insurance may increase rates by about 14% in statewide hike (FL) March 29, 2023
    On Wednesday, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors approved new rate recommendations for 2023.  Board members recommended an average increase of 14.2% for all personal lines policies – homeowners, condominium units, dwellings, renters and mobile homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ian Assessments Not Paid/What Next? (FL) March 27, 2023
    Q: Our condo association, like many others, had to issue an assessment to owners to recover the cost of damages from hurricane Ian. We have issued the notices, and all the owners except one has either made full or partial payments. We understand we may place a lien against the property, but what kind of timeframe is required by law, and what other measures are we allowed to take against the non-compliant owner?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Fort Lauderdale contractor’s victims ‘have been left with pool-sized holes,’ cops say March 26, 2023
    A contractor against whom a condominium association president had a year-long restraining order is accused of leaving a trail of fraud victims and under-construction-work around Broward County. Police think the trail could be longer.   Read the article………………………..
  • Castle Key Insurance Seeks To Boost Florida Condo Rates March 26, 2023
    Castle Key Insurance Companies proposed an overall 53.5 percent rate increase for Florida condominium residents who have policies with Castle Key Indemnity Co.  The filing, reported Friday by the Insurance Journal, would take effect May 14.    Read the article………………………..
  • Deputies: Man tried to drown Okaloosa Island condo security guard in swimming pool (FL) March 25, 2023
    An Illinois man tried to drown an Okaloosa Island condominium security guard in the property’s swimming pool, according to the sheriff’s office.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami-Dade HOA president arrested in alleged theft, misappropriation of association funds, police say (FL) March 23, 2023
    The longtime president of a Miami-Dade homeowners association is facing charges after being accused of stealing money from the HOA that was supposed to have been used for upkeep and maintenance of residences, authorities said Wednesday.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA forced to clean up trash ridden property (FL) March 22, 2023
    A big clean-up has already started, but there’s much more work to be done, trying to get rid of the trash and debris field that’s a football field long, as well as make sure transients and homeless move along.  The property in question is owned by the La Cita community, a 1000-home development that’s one of the cornerstones of Titusville.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo needs a recertification repair? Regalado meeting to detail county’s interest-free loan programs (FL) March 22, 2023
    Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado will be on Key Biscayne on Thursday evening to explain a new program that offers 0% loans of up to $50,000, over a 40-year period, to qualified condominium residents to finance special assessments for property improvements to meet required recertification needs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida Republicans want to legalize ‘Back the Blue’ flags for homeowners with HOAs March 21, 2023
    A bill began advancing Monday in the Florida House that would expand the number of flags that residents can display regardless of homeowners associations’ covenants or bylaws.  Read the article………………………..
  • Condo won’t accommodate renovation of elevator for resident in wheelchair (FL) March 21, 2023
    He needs a wheelchair to get around. When his condo association decided to shut down the elevator, he had what he thought was a reasonable request, but then the association said no, so he turned to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida Lawmakers Could Revamp HOA Flag Rules March 20, 2023
    A bill began advancing Monday in the Florida House that would expand the number of flags that residents can display regardless of homeowners associations’ covenants or bylaws.   Read the article………………………..
  • County commissioner urges Florida Legislature to approve protections for HOA communities (FL) March 20, 2023
    Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Roberto J. Gonzalez sponsored legislation that passed at the Tuesday, Mar. 7, County Commission meeting, which urges the Florida Legislature to enact House Bill 919 and Senate Bill 1114 to strengthen laws against fraud and mismanagement by Homeowner Associations (HOA) and enhance protections for HOA communities.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Should board members accept gifts, such as holiday food baskets? (FL) March 18, 2023
    Q: Can a board member of a condo association or HOA accept a gift of a holiday basket from a current vendor and eat it himself and share it at his workplace? It doesn’t benefit the association, other board members, only himself. And it can influence the vote of a decision in the future. We are a nonprofit corporation. Our board has five elected members to act and make decisions on behalf of the members of the association   Read the ...
  • Speed bumps mysteriously appear in Orange County neighborhood (FL) March 17, 2023
    Despite the fact that the neighborhood streets are owned and maintained by the county, the first time county staff heard about them was when a resident emailed them to complain.  “The speed bumps are not authorized and not County installed,” Public Works staff member Frank Yokiel wrote in an internal email. “We will need a contact at the HOA. My suspicion is that the HOA installed them.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Pasco HOA takes steps to curb rental growth (FL) March 17, 2023
    People who live in the Plantation Palms community recently amended their governing documents to include language meant to curb the growth of rental properties.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers eye expanding property insurance reforms to all types of insurance March 16, 2023
    A homeowner in Florida who opens their annual renewal to see their premium has increased or finds out their carrier has suddenly dropped them may not have noticed anything different despite reforms.   Read the article………………………..
  • Villagers demand answers on sudden spikes in water usage (FL) March 14, 2023
    Like so many other residents of The Villages, she had a sudden spike of thousands of gallons of water usage. And then mysteriously, the usage receded back to its normal level in the house she has lived in since 2008. They never found a leak.  Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers’ answer to insurance crisis: Make it harder to sue insurers March 14, 2023
    Floridians are paying the highest auto and homeowners insurance premiums in the nation — and those rates continue to rise. Saying they want to drive down costs, Tallahassee lawmakers are working to limit policyholders’ abilities to sue their insurance companies.  Read the article………………………..
  • With spring break here, what Daytona Beach Shores condos are still closed? (FL) March 13, 2023
    Seven properties in Daytona Beach Shores remain restricted four months following Tropical Storm Nicole.  About 30 properties in the community were deemed unsafe immediately following Nicole during which a number of residents had to abandon their beachfront condos.    Read the article………………………..
  • Tampa Bay homeowners push back against corporate rental companies (FL) March 13, 2023
    “We had a renter who over a period of a little over two years ran up 30 violations, and some of these were just out of control, and we would send, of course, the warnings and fines to the rental company, which was out of state it went to a P.O. box we never got resolution,” Jim Hammond, the HOA President for Plantation Palms in Pasco County said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Seven Bridges Delray Beach Lawsuit Settles (FL) March 13, 2023
    Insiders suggest that reports that the plaintiff, Deborah LaGrasso, received any significant settlement are incorrect. As is often the case in the hours after a settlement announcement, there are now conflicting reports: those who believe Ms. LaGrasso settled for several million dollars, and those who believe the only money to be paid by the Seven Bridges HOA insurance company will be for attorney fees. This is a developing story.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: HOA manager free to campaign for election candidates (FL) March 12, 2023
    Q: Can the property manager of our homeowner’s association tell owners who to vote for in a board election, or when it comes to voting for assessments? The HOA manager in my condo unabashedly tells owners who to vote for and who not to vote for in elections. Is this legal?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Homeowners need more legal resources to combat corrupt HOA boards | Opinion March 12, 2023
    For many homeowners, living in a homeowner association (HOA) provides a sense of community and protection of property values. But in some cases, homeowners find themselves at the mercy of corrupt boards of directors who misuse homeowner funds and engage in unethical behavior.   Read the article………………………..
  • Insurers slashed Hurricane Ian payouts far below damage estimates, documents and insiders reveal (FL) March 11, 2023
    After years of more frequent and intense storms, national carriers have pulled back from the market and smaller, regional carriers with smaller financial reserves jumped in. In the wake of Hurricane Ian, those companies have been aggressively seeking to limit payouts to policyholders by altering the work of licensed adjusters, according to a Washington Post investigation.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Can a smoker ‘grandfathered in’ to a smoke-free community have the status removed? (FL) March 11, 2023
    Q: I have lived in the same unit for 29 years and smoke cigars on my balcony. In 2016 the Association voted to go smoke free, but I was grandfathered in the documents. Now with new board members and many new residents there is a movement to remove my status. What can I do about this?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • New condo boom feeds off short-term rentals (FL) March 10, 2023
    Condominiums purposely built for short-term rentals were established in Miami just a few years ago, but they’ve swiftly become a huge part of the new condo construction boom.   Read the article………………………..
  • Feeding Stray Animals Is a Problem (FL) March 10, 2023
    The feeding of stray animals and wildlife is becoming a big problem for a lot of communities. Animals, left unchecked, may leave behind huge messes with getting into garbage cans or dumpsters and leaving it strewn all over the community, becoming roadkill, as well as the possibility that the animals can carry diseases and possibly bite someone.   Read the article………………………..
  • RSR Homeowners Association Board calls special meeting to deal with FWC’s warning about developing the gopher tortoise conservation area (FL) March 9, 2023
    The Rock Springs Ridge Homeowners Association Board has called a special meeting to deal with a letter it received from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) warning them against having discussions related to the development of the gopher tortoise lands.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pines Trailer Park HOA votes to form co-op, buy park land (FL) March 8, 2023
    The homeowners in the Pines Trailer Park, 103 Church Ave. in Bradenton Beach, said they voted Feb. 24 to form a cooperative.  The park owner, Jackson Partnership of Bradenton, announced Jan. 25 its proffer of the land leased by the residents for their mobile homes in the park.    Read the article………………………..
  • In Seven Bridges, Fear of $10,000 Special Assessment as Federal Trial Nears (FL) March 6, 2023
    Homeowners in Seven Bridges Delray Beach are bracing for the start of a federal trial next week that pits a homeowner against the HOA, and could result in an assessment of nearly $10,000 per household. Sources with knowledge of the association’s insurance holdings suggest that that part — or all — of a judgement against the community would not be covered.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Some things to know for annual meetings and board elections (FL) March 6, 2023
    Q: The second notice of election packet was just sent out from my condominium association. In review of the packet, I discovered that there was a letter from the Board endorsing certain candidates. Can they do this?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Legislative Session Preview: Ana Maria Rodriguez again targets condo fraud (FL) March 6, 2023
    Scroll down to:  Another measure Rodriguez has resurrected this year is SB 1136, which would create a “Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program” within Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Department of Legal Affairs to investigate condo-related malfeasance in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.  Read the article………………………..
  • Wild HOA board meeting boils over amid claims of forged signatures, unlawful imprisonment (FL) March 6, 2023
    Black Diamond, a Wellington community, has been embroiled in controversy since November when efforts were made to recall four of the seven board members on the HOA.   Read the article………………………..
  • Massive condo fire destroys four units in Pasco County (FL) March 5, 2023
    Pasco County firefighters battled a massive condo fire that destroyed four condos and left one with extensive damage Saturday night in Holiday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: HOA rules violations subject to mandatory pre-suit mediation demand (FL) March 5, 2023
    Q:  I am a director of my HOA and firmly believe that I am being harassed by the president, who clearly dislikes me and my constant disagreement with his decisions, which are most of the time emotional, careless and outside of the governing documents. I received a demand letter from the HOA lawyer for a pre-suit mediation for, apparently, having broken a rule (parking related – the rule does not clearly indicate that I broke any rule by the way).  ...
  • Miami-Dade advocates want legislators to pass laws going after corrupt associations (FL) March 4, 2023
    There is a joint effort that includes prosecutors, elected officials, and state lawmakers to protect the millions of Floridians who are living in communities with condominium and homeowners associations.   Watch the news report…………………………
  • Proposed new bill would protect HOA homeowners (FL) March 4, 2023
    HOA board members who refuse to share financial records with homeowners could face criminal charges under a proposed bill.  Read the article………………………..
  • Is America’s worst homeowners’ association in Miami? It’s starting to look that way | Opinion March 4, 2023
    The allegations of gangster-style wrongdoing at one of Florida’s largest homeowners’ associations, the Hammocks Community Association in Miami’s West Kendall suburbs, already were the stuff of suburban nightmares.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Some things to know for annual meetings and board elections (FL) March 4, 2023
    Our firm has received several questions concerning condominium elections. Because this is annual meeting and election season, below are the most frequently asked questions with their corresponding answers.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Miami-Dade Mayor, State Attorney to Announce New Measures to Protect HOA Residents (FL) March 3, 2023
    Miami-Dade’s mayor and state attorney announced Friday statutory changes they say are aimed at providing protection to residents of homeowners associations and owners of condominiums.   Read the article………………………..
  • Final Report Gives New Details on Investigation Into Massive Miami Gardens Condo Fire (FL) March 2, 2023
    A final report is giving new details on the investigation into a massive blaze that ripped through a Miami Gardens condominium complex in January, but concludes the cause of the fire remains undetermined.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lawsuit claims “negligence” in massive Miami Gardens condo fire (FL) March 1, 2023
    Attorneys representing those who’ve been displaced say the condo association and property management were negligent, ignoring “blatant signs that could have prevented the fire.”  Read the article………………………..
  • Miami-Dade offering condo owners assistance if hit with repair assessments (FL) March 1, 2023
    Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava will be present at a town hall in Aventura on Wednesday to discuss a new program the county is rolling out regarding condo owners facing special assessments for structural repairs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami Beach condo president learns about county assistance program after raiding retirement funds (FL) February 28, 2023
    Jo Manning is the president of her Miami Beach condo, where she moved 28 years ago.  She says the building went up in 1937.  Sadly, a few years ago, repairs from a fire ate through the board’s reserves, just in time for the building’s 40-year recertification.    Read the article………………………..
  • Miami condo residents allowed to return after being displaced for a year (FL) February 28, 2023
    It’s move-in day for some residents who were forced out of their Miami condo after it was deemed unsafe.  Over the weekend, engineers gave the green light to return, saying parts of the building at 5050 NW 7 Street were cleared for occupancy.    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida Wildlife Commission’s letter to Rock Springs Ridge HOA President warns against developing gopher tortoise conservation area February 27, 2023
    The Rocks Springs Ridge Homeowners Association continues to pursue a land swap deal that involves trading the 51-acre gopher tortoise conservation area on Kelly Park Road in exchange for the RSR Golf Course lands owned by The Golf Group.    Read the article………………………..
  • Their Retirement Plan Did Not Include Being Forced to Sell Their Condo (FL) February 26, 2023
    An investor-owner took over a condo board, terminated a condo declaration and is now requiring a couple to sell their condo in what one expert called “a private form of eminent domain.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: Failure to follow soundproofing covenant subject to statute of limitations (FL) February 26, 2023
    Q: I recently purchased a first-floor condominium unit. The foot traffic noise in the unit above me is unbearable. I recently found out the floors have been replaced with wood flooring. I also know that the owners at that time did not get approval from the HOA to do so.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Residents of Miami [apartment] building deemed unsafe to be allowed back after 1.5-year wait (FL) February 26, 2023
    Some apartment residents in Miami grabbed their keys to move back into their homes, one a half years after they were forced out because their building was deemed unsafe.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo owner seeks $500-a-day fines to compel Boca View board to turn over financial records (FL) February 26, 2023
    After two separate orders from two separate judges, the Boca View Condominium Association’s governing board still has not allowed a condo owner’s personal representative to inspect financial records as requested nearly four years ago.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Does Florida law dictate records availability from homeowner associations? February 25, 2023
    Q: I recently submitted a request for records to my condo association asking for copies of the minutes of all board meetings for the past 5 years. It took them over 3 weeks to respond and when they did, they said that they only have the minutes from the meetings from this past year.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Miami-Dade judge approves paying Surfside condo collapse victims remaining $2M to $3M from settlement (FL) February 25, 2023
    Miami-Dade Judge Michael Hanzman gave his approval on where $2 million to $3 million that was left over in a compensation settlement should go following the collapse of the Champlain Tower South in Surfside.   Read the article………………………..
  • More gators removed from community after deadly attack in Fort Pierce (FL) February 23, 2023
    Spanish Lakes Fairways Homeowners Association say more gators have been removed since the deadly alligator attack in Fort Pierce Monday.  “Since that incident, two alligators have been captured today and one yesterday, so we’re on the lookout,” HOA President Jay Mandelker tells CBS12 News.  Read the article………………………..
  • Whose responsible if there’s a gator in your lake? (FL) February 22, 2023
    In the wake of Monday’s deadly alligator attack in the Spanish Lakes Fairways community, residents across South Florida are trying to figure out who is responsible for dangerous wildlife in their neighborhoods.  Read the article………………………..
  • Florida lawmakers look again at condo safety requirements February 21, 2023
    A Florida Senate committee Tuesday backed a proposal that would make changes to a condominium-safety law passed last year after the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge Warns Against Renters Who Sue In Surfside Collapse (FL) February 19, 2023
    A Miami-Dade County judge on Friday issued a stern warning to attorneys in the litigation for the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, threatening contempt charges and warning them not to bring renters’ lawsuits against condominium owners because doing so would violate his previous order that barred such claims.  (This article is a subscription only article from Law360.  If you have a subscription, follow this link:  )
  • Condo Q&A: Material alterations subject to five year statute of limitations (FL) February 19, 2023
    Q: I live in a large shared ownership community. Several years ago, two pedestrian walkways or bridges that connected parking lots A & B and parking lots D & E were removed by our association due to ongoing repairs and maintenance issues of the predominantly wood structures. This was done without a board or unit owner vote.  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Disregard for existing conservation easements threatens Killearn Chain of Lakes | Opinion (FL) February 19, 2023
    The Killearn Chain of Lakes, already deemed impaired by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and burdened by excess nutrients under a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), is facing water scarcity. As a result, the Killearn Homeowners Association established a Lakes Restoration Committee.   Read the article………………………..
  • The Villages Crush a Grassroots Revolt February 19, 2023
    Residents of the Florida retirement community banded together to reject a property tax hike but were blocked by powerful players — including Ron DeSantis. (In-depth article, that you should be able to get to, if it’s behind a paywall, I’m sorry)    Read the article………………………..
  • American Property Management Services, accused of seven-figure fraud, has history of legal trouble (FL) February 18, 2023
    The Naples property management company accused of embezzling millions of dollars from Collier and Lee county community associations has a years-long history of legal trouble, a Naples Daily News / The News-Press investigation has found.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Q&A: Are associations required to provide access to official records? (FL) February 18, 2023
    Q: My condominium association held a member meeting to vote on a project that would materially alter the common elements. The project is very controversial. At the meeting it was announced that the material alteration was approved by the proper percentage of owners. Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Naples property manager accused of misusing client money was sued. Then he bought a private jet (FL) February 17, 2023
    Some businessmen, when accused of embezzling their clients’ money, might try to lay low.  Not Orlando Miserandino Ortiz. He bought a private jet.  Thirty-three Collier and Lee county condo and homeowner associations have now accused Ortiz’ company American Property Management Services of financial misconduct, with the associations’ lawyer estimating losses totaling tens of millions of dollars.    Read the article………………………..
  • Elderly Riverview Woman Sued By HOA For $1,300 Over Trash Bins Left Outside (FL) February 17, 2023
    A homeowner’s conflicts with her HOA over an empty trash bin left at the edge of the road has led to a hefty lawsuit.  The homeowner is in her 70s and has been charged $100 in fines per incident of a trash bin visible on non-collection days.   Read the article………………………..
  • Frustrated South Florida community teams up, fights back against property management company February 17, 2023
    Residents of one South Florida community are describing how they fought back and got rid of their property management company.  “We got rid of BDM thank God,” said Fairways of Sunrise owner Claire Knight. “It was hard work, but a group effort.”    Read the article………………………..
  • Florida property insurance rates expected to jump 40% to 50% in June February 16, 2023
    The Sunshine State, home to more than 22 million people, has an affordability problem when it comes to housing-not just for buying a home or finding a place to rent. Protecting your home can also be expensive.   Read the article………………………..
  • West Melbourne residents worried about future flooding (FL) February 15, 2023
    In the years that followed, the homeowners association rented pumps to drain the seven retention ponds in the 574-home development before storms struck — water that drained into the Melbourne-Tillman canal.  It eased flooding concerns and residents’ worry.  But when hurricanes Ian and Nicole came through late last year, the HOA said the Melbourne-Tillman Water Control District stopped granting permission to pump out water.  They were told to shut down the pumps, even after residents had spent $20,000 to rent ...
  • HOA restrictions do have an expiration date (FL) February 15, 2023
    Recently, we have had a few inquiries about homeowners’ association (HOA) covenants and restrictions. In one case, the HOA was over 30 years old, and the director was unaware of the requirements under the Florida Marketable Record Titles Act (MRTA) to reaffirm and renew their covenant and restrictions.   Read the article………………………..
  • Multiple residents across South Florida share horror stories about same property management company February 14, 2023
    People living in several South Florida communities are all fed up with the same property management company.  “We all try to achieve that American dream that turns into a nightmare dealing with companies like this,” said a woman named Carol who lives in the Colonies Two complex in Lauderdale Lakes.  Neighbors at different communities describe their pools being shut down for years, trash piling up uncollected and unpaid utilities.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: Municipal and state laws often supersede governing documents (FL) February 12, 2023
    Q: Our HOA has a new property manager and it seems like they are tightening down on regulations. I’m concerned about some of the proposed changes, specifically they are proposing to cap the number of trailers that are allowed to be parked on the side of the house.    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Crumbling seawalls, rising seas: Fort Lauderdale crackdown on way (FL) February 11, 2023
    Debby Eisinger, president of Las Olas Isles Homeowners Association, defended the city for being proactive in doing its part to protect against climate change.  “We’re in a Catch-22,” she said. “We realize it’s a big financial burden to property owners, but this is Mother Nature taking over with rising waters. Sea level rise has been taking place for years. It’s no secret. We can’t stop the water from rising. So what is the answer? We need to be proactive, not ...
  • National media focuses on impact of Florida’s new condo safety law on association budgets | Opinion February 11, 2023
    Arecent segment on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria show focused on the financial repercussions of Florida’s new condominium safety law on the state’s condo associations and their unit owners.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA president pleads guilty after 3 arrests for planting hidden cameras in Flagler condo (FL) February 10, 2023
    A Homeowners Association president who hid cameras in a Flagler condo last year has pled guilty to his charges, according to new court records.  Robert Orr, 59, surrendered to police on Sept. 6, 2022, after a woman staying at the Matanzas Shores community told investigators that she’d found a plugged-in USB camera hidden in a flower pot in the master bedroom, deputies said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hallandale Beach co-op president taken to court after yelling obscenities at female residents (FL) February 10, 2023
    The president of a Hallandale Beach co-op building was caught on camera verbally abusing a resident who was walking to the laundry room.  In fact, several women in the building have come forward to say they live in fear every time they walk out of their apartments.     Read the article………………………..
  • Palm Bay Club condo owners hire engineer who says things do not add up (FL) February 9, 2023
    Palm Bay Yacht Club condo residents hired and an engineer who says that the cost of doing repairs will not be as much as they were first told.    Watch the news report………………………..
  • Key Colony considering lawsuit against one of its own buildings as tensions mount (FL) February 8, 2023
    Closed door meetings with lawyers. Allegations of conflict of interest. A demand for retraction from one condo president after an email blast to another building’s members. It’s all part of a growing battle at Key Colony, the condominium complex that is home to one out of every four Key Biscayners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Daytona Beach Shores condos: Which properties remain restricted due to tropical storm damage? (FL) February 8, 2023
    About 30 properties in Daytona Beach Shores were deemed unsafe in the days following back-to-back tropical storms Ian and Nicole.  As of Tuesday morning, access to about a third of them, according to the city’s list of building statuses, remains restricted.    Read the article………………………..
  • Senate panel calls for more clarity, time on Surfside-inspired condo inspection law (FL) February 8, 2023
    Members of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries are fielding recommendations from a panel of experts on how to improve new Surfside-inspired regulations for condominium inspections and maintenance set to go into effect next year.   Read the article………………………..
  • A major archaeological discovery was made on the Miami River. Was it kept ‘under wraps’? (FL) February 8, 2023
    For the past year and a half, with scant public attention, squads of archaeologists digging at the Miami River site of a planned Related Group residential tower complex have unearthed remarkable finds, consisting of thousands of fragmentary prehistoric tools and artifacts, rare and well-preserved animal and plant remnants, vestiges of ancient structures and human remains     Read the article………………………..
  • Owners asked to pay $175,000 each toward Miami condo 40-year recertification (FL) February 8, 2023
    A shocking assessment for one condominium in Miami this week.  Owners are being asked to pay $175,000 each towards their 40-year recertification. This is a story we have been hearing more and more across South Florida.   Read the article………………………..
  • Community Collects Donations for Hundreds Displaced by Miami Gardens Condo Fire (FL) February 7, 2023
    The Miami Gardens community is coming together to help the hundreds of people who lost just about everything in a massive condo building fire last month.  The non-partisan organization Faith In Florida partnered with churches, the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Gardens community and other leaders to collect items and donations for those who lived at the New World Condominiums.    Read the article………………………..
  • Industry group seeks more time on Surfside-inspired condo inspection law (FL) February 7, 2023
    A Surfside-inspired law imposing stricter inspection and funding guidelines for condominiums won’t go into effect for almost another two years, but that’s not long enough for many associations to comply, according to an industry group seeking more time.   Read the article………………………..
  • Frustration mounts for residents of burned Miami Gardens condo complex (FL) February 7, 2023
    More than a week after a massive fire at a Miami Gardens condo complex forced hundreds of residents out of their homes, many of them voiced frustration Monday amid word that the property manager was handing out documents for those eligible for financial assistance.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: Checks should be signed by two officers whenever possible (FL) February 5, 2023
    Question:  Under the condominium law, who can sign checks?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Can you withhold HOA fees when you’re unhappy with the board? (FL) February 5, 2023
    Question: Is it legal to deposit your HOA monthly payment in an escrow account if you are frustrated with the board’s performance? There are quite of us that are interested in your response     Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Trial Set in Seven Bridges Delray Beach Case, Magistrate Blasts HOA Attorneys (FL) February 4, 2023
    United States Magistrate Judge William Matthewman, who has repeatedly refused to dismiss the case, set a trial date for March 13th. He ordered attorneys for the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association, and plaintiff Deborah LaGrasso, to agree to exhibits to be used during trial.     Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowner rebuilding after Ian battles HOA not allowing trailer on property (FL) February 3, 2023
    fter Hurricane Ian, many are turning to trailers as they rebuild. One homeowner is hitting a snag with her HOA. They are not allowing a trailer on property, causing frustration and sadness.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami Gardens residents displaced by apartment fire turn to courts for relief (FL) February 3, 2023
    On Thursday, unit owners from the New World Condo Complex turned to the courts for help, wanting someone new to run the place.  “The court will grant the emergency motion to appoint a receiver,” announced Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Carlos Lopez during an emergency hearing.   Read the article………………………..
  • Quest to privatize Lakewood Ranch CDD roads hits road block (FL) February 2, 2023
    District Authority had a desire to make its gated public roads private, an attorney for the governing body said significant obstacles remain. The IDA had hoped once the bonds used to finance the roads had been fully paid, it might make privatization an easier process. IDA Attorney Andy Cohen said during a Jan. 17 meeting that this was not the case.    Read the article………………………..
  • Community comes together to help families who lost everything in condo fire (FL) February 1, 2023
    Help is coming to the families that have been displaced after they lost everything in a huge condo building fire on Saturday.  The assistance is coming to a Red Cross shelter in Miami Gardens from nonprofits, individuals and some pretty big companies.   Read the article………………………..
  • After Miami Gardens condo fire, nearby resident fears ‘incompetence’ could also doom him, neighbors January 31, 2023
    A resident living in a building near the Miami Gardens condominium that caught fire Saturday morning, displacing dozens of residents, says he fears his building could meet the same fate.  That’s because he said his condominium complex, the New World Condominiums III, has the same property manager as the nearby Northwest 177th Street condo building that went up in flames over the weekend.    Read the article………………………..
  • When can younger people live in 55-and-over communities? Expert weighs in (FL) January 31, 2023
    Question: Just over a year ago I moved into a 55-and-over community. I recently discovered in their HOA rules that the developer reserves the right to sell a limited number of homes to those under 55, but in accordance with Housing for Older Persons rules. We already allow a second person living in the house to be under 55.  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Boca View condo association appeals order requiring financial record inspection (FL) January 31, 2023
    More than three months after a judge ordered the Boca View Condominium Association to let a unit owner or her representative inspect the property’s financial records, the condo board still hasn’t opened its books and instead is challenging the ruling.    Read the article………………………..
  • A migrant boat ended up on a public beach. Then a Florida Keys condo leader was arrested January 31, 2023
    A part-time Florida Keys resident faces an unusual “felony littering” charge after police say he pushed an abandoned Cuban migrant boat off the property of the oceanfront condominium where he has a home, and it ended up on a public beach.    Read the article………………………..
  • Residents hear news from property manager days after Miami Gardens condo fire displaces nearly 200 (FL) January 30, 2023
    Days after a fire emergency erupted in Miami Gardens that displaced nearly 200 people, tensions flared at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center after those displaced residents gathered for a meeting with the property’s manager.      Read the article………………………..     Additional article…………………………….
  • State commission wants to roll back a key part of post-Surfside condo safety law. Lawmakers are not so sure (FL) January 30, 2023
    A new report issued by the Florida Building Commission calls into question a key part of a major law passed last year in response to the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, which left 98 dead.  At the core of the new bill was the creation of a two-tiered schedule of structural inspections for buildings across the state — with a stricter cadence for those located near the coast.   Read the article………………………..
  • Allstate’s Castle Key Plans to Drop 33,000 Condo Policies in Florida January 30, 2023
    At least one of Allstate Insurance group’s Florida subsidiaries plans to non-renew 33,000 Florida condominium policies, starting in June.  In a notice sent to Florida agents this month, Allstate said its Castle Key subsidiary had sent a letter Jan. 11 to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation about dropping the coverage. The letter was marked “trade secret,” so details about the policies were not made public by the OIR.   Read the article………………………..
  • Nearly 200 displaced after fire destroys ‘approximately half’ of Miami Gardens apartment building (FL) January 29, 2023
    A fire emergency erupted in Miami Gardens as massive flames engulfed dozens of units at an apartment building, leaving nearly 200 people displaced.  Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze at the New World Condominium    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I can sleep tonight’: Ian survivors finding solutions at Insurance Villages (FL) January 29, 2023
    Throughout the week, insurance experts have been setting up shop at what they call “insurance villages” in Southwest Florida, designed specifically to help Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole victims.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: Condo board not obligated to allow owners to vote to waive reserves (FL) January 29, 2023
    Q: I live in a condo, and in November, when there was a regular budget approval meeting, the board approved the budget but said that the owners could not vote on the reserves because they board voted for full funding. The board said, in that case, the owners had no say in the matter. Is that correct?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Should your HOA community in Florida install new license plate reader security cameras? | Opinion January 28, 2023
    During the past several years, a number of deployments by homeowners associations of a new type of security-camera system called automated license plate readers have made headlines in TV, print and online news outlets across Florida. These ALPR cameras automatically read and record the license plate of all passing vehicles, and they appear to be growing in popularity for communities.  Read the article………………………..
  • Email fraud costs Key Biscayne’s Botanica condo $105,000 (FL) January 28, 2023
    A “phishing” email fraud that tricked an employee into making an incorrect bank transfer cost the Botanica condominium in Key Biscayne $105,000, according to a police report. The president of the condominium fired a top manager Friday and called a meeting to discuss whether the building’s 293 unit owners will have to cover the loss.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo legal expert aghast at this purported association trespass (FL) January 28, 2023
    Question: We know that condo associations are granted broad rights to enter an owner’s unit, but does this include allowing or authorizing a neighbor to access a unit with the aid of a locksmith, without notifying the owner?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Man accused of torching Longwood condo for ‘revenge’ on HOA owed $29K in dues dispute, records show (FL) January 26, 2023
    A Seminole County man accused of burning down his condo as “revenge” against his homeowners’ association owed nearly $29,000 in unpaid dues and other costs to the HOA, court records show.    Read the article………………………..
  • Ask a real estate pro: What should I do if condo manager doesn’t respond to emails? (FL) January 26, 2023
    Q: Several months ago, I discovered a large hole in the building’s exterior that exposed the inside of the wall in behind my apartment. I emailed our condominium’s manager a few times and have not gotten a response. What should I do?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Florida man sets his apartment on fire because he was mad at HOA (FL) January 24, 2023
    A Central Florida man is accused of intentionally setting his own apartment on fire because he was upset with the Homeowners Association (HOA), leading to an explosion with injuries and damages, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant.   Read the article………………………..
  • Police can ticket Bay Isles drivers starting Feb. 1 (FL) January 23, 2023
    The agreement, approved by town commissioners in December, allows police to enforce traffic laws in the gated community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q&A: Club member likely able to inspect annual budget (FL) January 22, 2023
    Q: I live in a community where I am required to belong to the local clubhouse. I have no problem with this and was aware that I would have to pay yearly fees.  However, we have requested a copy of the budget for this year and next year. Our fees were raised approximately $30 a year. We were told that they do not release the budget to anyone.  Is there anything we can do and is this legal? Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Officials: No need to evacuate Pembroke Pines condos, but balconies deemed ‘structurally compromised’ (FL) January 22, 2023
    City officials said residents of a Pembroke Pines condominium complex in a concerning state of disrepair will not need to evacuate as previously feared, but they are prohibited from using the balconies.   Read the article………………………..
  • Tenants May Have to Vacate After Balconies Deemed Unsafe at Pembroke Pines Condo Complex (FL) January 21, 2023
    Tenants at a Pembroke Pines condominium complex received “unsafe building” notices on their front doors Thursday, and many of them may be forced to leave.  The notices were posted on 304 doors at the Heron Pond Condominium complex, according to an email from the property manager given to NBC 6.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two-Alarm Fire in Coral Springs Destroys Several Condo Units; No Injuries (FL) January 19, 2023
    Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a six-unit townhouse condominium development on fire with heavy smoke and flames shooting through the roof of the building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rotonda West residents concerned with bridge repair timetable; cite safety issues (FL) January 18, 2023
    It could be two years before a bridge might be back to normal after Hurricane Ian. The bridge on Rotonda Boulevard South was hit hard by Ian, and it’s been closed ever since, making life difficult for those who live there.  Read the article………………………..
  • Several animals rescued after fire sparks at Coral Springs condo (FL) January 18, 2023
    Firefighters saved several animals from a burning Coral Springs condo on Tuesday night, authorities said.  According to Coral Springs Fire Rescue, units responded to a six-unit condo building around 11:30 p.m. near the area of La Placida Drive and Coral Springs Drive.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo owners say increasing assessment fees may force them to sell (FL) January 18, 2023
    Some downtown Orlando condominium owners feel like the President of their owners association wants to run the place like a hotel, even though the city prohibits short-term rentals of entire condo units.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s Not Fair’: Hialeah Condo Owners Upset Over Assessment Fee (FL) January 18, 2023
    Many El Pueblo de Vera condos owners in Hialeah told NBC 6 they’re facing a huge financial burden as a result of a special assessment.  The condo association’s secretary, Juan Gomez, says the roofs of the three buildings are in desperate need of repairs.    Read the article………………………..
  • Resident raises red flag in condo election, but is the concern legit? (FL) January 18, 2023
    Question: Can the property manager of our homeowners association tell owners who to vote for in a board election, or when it comes to voting for assessments? The HOA manager in my condo unabashedly tells owners who to vote for and who not to vote for in elections. Is this legal?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • ‘It’s terrifying’ Auburndale gated community wants more security after increase in dangerous encounters (FL) January 18, 2023
    After several scary incidents, a petition is being signed to get a response from the Lake Juliana Estates homeowner’s association.   Read the article………………………..
  • Association Loans Explained (FL) January 17, 2023
    Q: The board of directors of my condominium association has stated they are considering major restoration projects soon and have stated that they are considering a loan from a bank to fund part the projects. While nothing has been decided, the board has mentioned that considering a loan to pay for the work. Does the board have to get approval from the members before taking out a loan?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Condo residents want HOA to stop lights from shining into their home January 17, 2023
    Lee and Deborah Bigbee have a problem with the security lights installed about 18 months ago outside their Penthouse North condo, shining into their living and sleeping spaces and keeping them awake at night.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida’s condo reserves law will ‘end up bankrupting a lot of people’ January 16, 2023
    A ‘Mornings with Maria’ panel discusses how Florida’s newest safety requirements for high-rise condos and apartments will impact homeowners.   Watch the video discussion……………………
  • Condo Q&A: Recordings of Zoom meetings may be inspectable records (FL) January 15, 2023
    Q: Many Associations have used Zoom meetings due to COVID. While in-person meetings are now more prevalent, associations continue to use Zoom in conjunction with their in-person meetings. If the public association meeting is recorded (I personally made the request) via Zoom, does the president have the right to state: “The recordings are made expressly for the president and secretary to aid them in producing the meeting minutes.      Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Fish Dying In Area HOA Lakes As Cold Weather Sets In (FL) January 15, 2023
    Communities across South Florida are dealing with dead fish in man-made lakes, and the cold weather is to blame.  Andy Fuhrman is Vice President of Allstate Resource Management in Pembroke Pines. His company works with HOA’s across South Palm Beach County — including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach. He told me during South Florida’s First News on WIOD Friday morning that the problem is non-native fish unable to deal with cold temperatures.      Read the article………………………..
  • Q&A: If Common-Area Tree Falls, Who Pays? (FL) January 12, 2023
    Question: When Hurricane Ian went through my community, several oak trees in the association’s common areas fell. Unfortunately, one of those oak trees fell on my pool cage and destroyed it.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Real estate Q&A: Can the board make us pay for background checks after we inherited condo? (FL) January 12, 2023
    Q: My sister and I inherited a condo when my mom passed last year. We have been living here for a year with no problems. We plan to sell the apartment and move later this year to be closer to family. We got a notice from the board that we must be vetted and pass a background check at $100 for each of us. If we don’t play their game, can they make us leave or interfere with selling our ...
  • Fire safety and communication latest topic at meeting of Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents Council (FL) January 12, 2023
    The Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents Council (KBCPC) members meet regularly to discuss topics affecting the island’s condominiums. Topics addressed include insurance, security, fire safety, reserve spending, engineering studies), association budgeting, electric vehicle charging, storm water drainage, and more.   Read the article………………………..
  • Expert 90% sure geological conditions did not cause Surfside condo collapse (FL) January 12, 2023
    The investigation into the Champlain Towers South collapse is not quite at the finish line. Even so, new information shared at Tuesday night’s Surfside commission meeting begins to rule out one potential contributing factor.  Read the article………………………..
  • Downtown Orlando condo war rages over fees, rentals (FL) January 11, 2023
    Abattle between residents of a high-end condominium in downtown Orlando and the building’s governing board has spilled onto the internet and into the courts   Read the article………………………..
  • Did Condo Board’s Unwise Declaration Skirt Obligations? (FL) January 11, 2023
    Question: I live in a condo and in November, when there was a regular budget approval meeting, the board approved the budget but said that the owners could not vote on the reserves because they board voted for full funding. The board said in that case, the owners had no say in the matter. Is that correct?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Gate raises anti-Semitism concerns in Boca Raton neighborhood (FL) January 11, 2023
    Some homeowners in a Boca Raton subdivision tell CBS12 News that they are increasingly concerned that some rule enforcement and red tape from their HOA indicate they are not welcome in their own neighborhood.  Read the article………………………..
  • Displaced residents of ‘unsafe’ NW Miami building will likely get to go home (FL) January 10, 2023
    Hope emerges from Monday night’s association meeting as residents of 5050 Northwest in Miami learn from city officials and board members that they most likely can come home by next month.  Read the article………………………..
  • FAU Professor Says HOA’s Partially Responsible For Rising Rent Rates In Florida January 9, 2023
    A Florida Atlantic University Professor says rules set by Homeowner Associations in Florida are partially responsible for rising rent rates.  Ken Johnson, Ph.D.., an economist at FAU’s College of Business, says an abundance of short-term rentals on sites like AirBNB, combined with a prohibition by many HOA’s of renting homes in their communities, lead to a shortage of available rental inventory in Florida.     Read the article………………………..
  • Does the Board have the right to shut off Elevators and A/C ? (FL) January 9, 2023
    Q. My condominium’s Board of Directors recently started discussing hurricane preparations and steps the Association would take if a hurricane were to hit our area. The Board said they would shut down both the elevators and a/c 24 hours before the hurricane hits. Does the Board have the right to shut off the elevators and a/c? What happens to the residents who choose to stay?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Without warning, parking violation rises to mediation demand. Is that OK? (FL) January 9, 2023
    Question: I am a director of my HOA and firmly believe that I am being harassed by the president, who clearly dislikes me and my constant disagreement with his decisions, which are most of the time emotional, careless and outside of the governing documents.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Seven Bridges Delray: Attorney Threatens Board Member With “ShaNaNa” Singer’s Report (FL) January 7, 2023
    Seven Bridges Delray Beach just crossed from a community with lots of drama to a community with musical theater. A Miami Attorney — in what some are calling “extortion” — demanded that a board member resign by noon on Thursday. If she didn’t, the attorney threatened the release of a report written by a founding member of the “Sha Na Na” doo-wop group.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hurricane Ian debris remains in Sarasota County neighborhoods (FL) January 6, 2023
    But a county spokeswoman said that the neighborhoods are condominium communities and are thus not eligible for debris collection by the county, a status that also affects mobile home communities and places of worship under federal guidelines for disaster aid.  Read the article………………………..
  • After the arrests: What’s next for Hammocks HOA? (FL) January 6, 2023
    In the weeks following the arrests of five people accused of running a massive fraud at the Hammocks, a court-appointed receiver is working to make South Florida’s biggest residential community whole.  Read the article………………………..
  • Downtown Miami condo residents upset over yelling from inmates at adjacent jail (FL) January 5, 2023
    The building towers over the Federal Detention Center, and residents say their incarcerated neighbors are disturbing the peace.  They say the inmates are yelling from their recreational space, across from Downtown 5th.   Read the article………………………..
  • Surfside safety reforms could spell trouble for Florida condo market (FL) January 4, 2023
    From retirees looking to downsize, to young professionals trying to snag a starter home or snowbirds searching for a winter getaway, condominiums have long been a staple for anyone seeking a slice of Florida real estate on a budget. But safety legislation passed this year in the wake of the deadly Surfside building collapse could plunge the condo market into turmoil.   Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Raton Condo Association Sues Two Homeowners For Defamation (FL) January 3, 2023
    A Boca Raton Condominium Association is taking the rare step of suing at least two homeowners for making claims against the association and its leadership that it claims are untrue. In filing the suit, the HOA/COA listed the specific allegations that it says are incorrect.   Read the article………………………..
  • Following up on Battles with Homeowners’ Associations (FL) January 3, 2023
    They wanted to remove the ivy she had nurtured on the side of her home for 30 years, and another association wanted to evict a mother for letting her son move in to take care of her. Associations can be tough to battle, so they turned to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.   Read the article………………………..
  • New “Invisible Gate” Goes Up in Coral Springs Community to Help Solve Crime and Deter it (FL) December 30, 2022
    “I now feel like our community has security,” said Sternbach, who is president of Kensington Glen’s homeowners association.  This spring, the community installed four solar-powered cameras to read license plates and capture images of cars and people going in and out of the two roads leading into the development.    Read the article………………………..
  • Upstairs neighbors have hardwood floors and the noise is unbearable. What can I do? (FL) December 29, 2022
    Question: I recently purchased a first-floor condominium unit. The foot traffic noise in the unit above me is unbearable. I’ve learned that the floors have been replaced with wood flooring and that the owners at that time did not get approval from the HOA to do so.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Surfside safety reforms could spell trouble for Florida condo market December 29, 2022
    From retirees looking to downsize, young professionals trying to snag a starter home or snowbirds in search of a winter getaway, condominiums have long been a staple for anyone seeking a slice of Florida real estate on a budget. But safety legislation that passed earlier this year in the wake of the deadly Surfside building collapse could plunge the condo market into turmoil.   Read the article………………………..
  • Policyholders, Agents Say United Leaving Ian Claims in Limbo (FL) December 23, 2022
    The Florida Legislature’s insurance rescue bill, approved last week, won’t take effect soon enough to help policyholders and insurance agents who’ve had no response from beleaguered United Property & Casualty Co. on Hurricane Ian claims.    Read the article………………………..
  • Margate Residents Scramble Over Condo Fees (FL) December 23, 2022
    A Margate resident is scrambling over rising condo fees, afraid that she’ll be forced to move out. NBC 6’s Heather Walker reports   Watch the news report…………………………….
  • Real estate Q&A: Can we refuse to pay special assessment? (FL) December 22, 2022
    Q: Our board recently passed a special assessment. Several of our neighbors disagree with the assessment and are refusing to pay. Is there any consequence if we also refuse to pay?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Flagler condo association president arrested again on more video voyeurism charges, deputies say (FL) December 22, 2022
    Deputies in Flagler County said they have rearrested a man on additional charges of video voyeurism.   Deputies said Orr was charged with an additional five counts of video voyeurism and an additional four counts of unlawful use of a two-way communications device.    Read the article………………………..
  • Battle brews over who’s responsible for dangerous holes in Pinellas neighborhood road (FL) December 22, 2022
    Ellen Connolly and other residents who use Estancia Boulevard were thrilled when Pinellas County workers put a steel plate over a dangerous hole in the street.  “We were laughing and celebrating and like, ‘This is great.’ But we didn’t know that wasn’t a permanent fix,” Ellen Connolly said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Palm Coast resident struggles against aggressive feral hogs (FL) December 22, 2022
    Palm Coast is a Flagler County city of some 75,000 people located north of Daytona Beach, and while residents like Bart Kaplan enjoy keeping a well-manicured yard, they say keeping it that way has become a challenge lately thanks to feral hogs.   Read the article………………………..
  • More arrests expected in Hammocks Association case (FL) December 22, 2022
    A new development in the case of the Hammocks Association Board, which was dissolved by a judge after several board members were arrested for allegedly stealing millions from homeowners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami-Dade’s Top Prosecutor Vows to Hold HOAs More Accountable (FL) December 21, 2022
    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle spoke to dozens of residents part of the Hammocks Community Association Tuesday on the need for new laws to protect them from becoming victims again.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo development in Greenacres fires property management group (FL) December 20, 2022
    Changes may be coming for people who live at a condominium community in Greenacres where one of the buildings lost electricity for two weeks recently.  Read the article………………………..
  • Will property insurance rates go down? Answering questions after Legislature’s action (FL) December 18, 2022
    One of the unexpected changes in this year’s legislation was that every Citizens policyholder will be required to carry flood insurance by 2027.  But what about policyholders in high-rise condominiums? Would someone on the 30th floor, for example, really have to get flood insurance?Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami, said most residents in his coastal Broward and Miami-Dade county district live in multi-story buildings, and most of those in high-rises.  Why, he asked this week, should they be required to get flood insurance, especially when their condo ...
  • Weston Hills Country Club wants homeowner’s $100,000 pickup truck out of sight (FL) December 17, 2022
    A Weston Hills Country Club homeowner has been put on notice and told to park his new $100,000 pickup truck in a garage, out of sight, or face fines.  That homeowner is gearing up for a fight, claiming the rules are outdated and ridiculous.     Read the article………………………..
  • January 1, 2023 Deadline for Condominium and Co-Op Building Report to DBPR Approaching (FL) December 17, 2022
    Each Florida condominium and cooperative association is required, no later than January 1, 2023, to file the following information with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division (Division) of Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes:   Read the article………………………..
  • New flood insurance requirements can mandate coverage for homeowners (FL) December 17, 2022
    Several factors, including the number of properties with flood protection, affect FEMA’s rating system for each community, which can keep premiums down. “It encourages maximum coverage,” Calleros Gauger said.  So, say, you’re living on the fifth floor of a condo. Do you need flood insurance?  “But your condo (HOA) needs it, because it touches the ground in the danger zone,” Calleros Gauger said. “But the individual unit on the fifth floor doesn’t have to have separate coverage.”   Read the article………………………..
  • DeSantis OKs $750M in hurricane relief for Volusia, other counties (FL) December 17, 2022
    “I’m absolutely ecstatic that all of our efforts paid off in the fact that condo associations were included,” said Taylor, who among other condo owners is advocating with elected officials for recovery help.  She said that while she’s “delighted with the funds,” the expenses are far greater than a potential $150,000 reimbursement.   Read the article………………………..
  • 1 hospitalized after fire at Deerfield Beach condo (FL) December 17, 2022
    Rescue crews took one person to the hospital following a condominium fire in Deerfield Beach. The fire erupted in a first-floor back patio at a condo in the area of the 400 block of Durham Circle, Friday morning.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s been a nightmare’: Plantation community left with leaky roofs after HOA, contractor dispute (FL) December 17, 2022
    The ceiling shows water damage in every room. He points to the worst of it in the living room. Khawaja says water seeps into the home through an unfinished roof covered by a blue tarp.   Read the article………………………..
  • Special session passes changes to property insurance that may not help homeowners (FL) December 15, 2022
    With property insurance described as a “hidden tax” on homeowners, the Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a plan aimed at stabilizing the state’s troubled insurance market.  The Republican-dominated House voted 84-33 along party lines to pass the bill (SB 2-A) on the final day of a special legislative session. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday, meaning it is ready to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis.   Read the article………………………..
  • Law and Order: Pandora’s Box (FL) December 15, 2022
    In a previous column, I mentioned my surprise at the amount of feedback I had received from the “Is Oak Run safe?” piece in the Citizen. The feedback has continued and morphed into an expanded discussion regarding the relationship between homeowners and those who manage Oak Run. In addition to safety, there is also the issue of changing the name of the Homeowners’ Association as well as the lack of financial transparency on the part of the Limited Partners who ...
  • Here’s how condo inspections should work (FL) December 14, 2022
    Milestone inspection reports must be performed, sealed and signed by a Florida licensed engineer or architect. Phase One is a visual inspection.  If needed, phase two might involve destructive or nondestructive testing, plus repair recommendations. Some see this as a gold mine opportunity for qualified structural professionals.    Read the article………………………..
  • Ian Hit, First-Floor Condos Flooded: Who Pays? (FL) December 13, 2022
    Question: I live on the bottom floor of a condominium building. My unit was flooded by Hurricane Ian. The association did not carry flood insurance. Is that legal?     Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Daytona Shores condos race against clock to restore eroded beach (FL) December 13, 2022
    Daytona Shores condo board member talks about the challenge of restoring the eroded beach before the start of the 2023 sea turtle nesting season.  Watch the news report……………………………….
  • Some beachside Volusia condos could face millions in repairs (FL) December 13, 2022
    About 45 people including Jeffers from multiple condos along the coast met Monday at the south tower of the Dimucci Twin Towers in Daytona Beach Shores to discuss hurricane recovery efforts.   Read the article………………………..
  • Jacksonville City Council debates ‘milestone inspections’ for condos, co-ops required by the state (FL) December 12, 2022
    Condominium and cooperative housing buildings will soon have to undergo a new kind of inspection – where in the aftermath, they do not get to vote on whether to fix the problems found.  Jacksonville City Council is close to voting on a reactionary bill to Florida Senate Bill 4-D passed earlier this year, which directs local governments to make necessary adjustments to enforce   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire at condo complex in Orlando displaces 14, officials say (FL) December 11, 2022
    Orlando Fire Department personnel on Sunday morning responded to a fire at Avalon Condominiums that displaced more than a dozen people, according to a statement.  14 people were displaced due to the fire, including a pet that was reunited with its owner, according to the fire department. Though minor aid was administered, no transports to the hospital were made, officials said.     Read the article………………………..
  • Defective Home Lawsuits Continue To Flood Florida Courts December 10, 2022
    As large tract home builders continue to spring up new neighborhoods, lawsuits keep streaming into the courts.  A Riverview couple’s lawsuit against D.R. Horton, filed December 6, is a typical case of discovered construction defects.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida has a new, stricter law on condo inspections. What’s Manatee saying about that? December 10, 2022
    Government leaders are reminding Manatee County condominium associations to plan for a new state law requiring routine structural inspections. But owners have more questions than answers.  Read the article………………………..
  • After double homicide, Martin County Sheriff’s Office meets with community leaders about safety (FL) December 10, 2022
    Days after two people were killed in Stuart during a dispute over rules in a homeowners’ association, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office met with community leaders to talk about maintaining safety in their neighborhoods.  Read the article………………………..
  • Federal Trial Set For March In Seven Bridges Delray Discrimination Case (FL) December 10, 2022
    The federal discrimination case against the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association is now set for trial on March 3, 2023, after a year-long delay. The high-profile case pits a Christian homeowner against what she claims was a discriminatory board of directors that sided with a Jewish homeowner after an alleged incident on the community’s tennis courts.  Read the article………………………..
  • Miami-Dade County Providing Condo Owners Assistance for Special Assessments (FL) December 7, 2022
    Miami-Dade County is offering some condo owners loans up to $50,000 to cover costs associated with special assessments.  “A loan up to $50,000, with zero percent interest,” said Ignacio Ortiz Petit, Senior executive assistant to the executive director of Miami-Dade Public Housing. “This is a program that we have done in conjunction with our mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, the board of county commissioners to help people.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Man arrested after deadly shooting at condemned Orange County condo complex (FL) December 7, 2022
    An Orange County family is calling for a condemned property to be torn down for good following a deadly shooting there Tuesday morning.  Deputies responded to the Tymber Skan Condos around 2 a.m. Tuesday, where they found a man shot. Investigators said the shooter left the scene before they showed up.   Read the article………………………..
  • Can an HOA Stop a Private Pickleball Court? (FL) December 5, 2022
    Question: I live in a 41-home neighborhood governed by an HOA (homeowner’s association). We have a home that sits on a one-acre lot that is for sale. The potential buyer would like to install two pickleball courts in the backyard that would fit and be within our setback guidelines.  Community members do not want this due to the noise and traffic it will generate. (I am assuming they want to build two courts so that they can hold public matches ...
  • ‘I Lost My Temper’: Neighbor Allegedly Murdered Elderly Homeowner Association President and Her Husband After Laundry Room Dispute December 5, 2022
    A man at a condominium complex in Florida allegedly murdered both a homeowners association president and her husband. The arrest affidavit from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said that a laundry room dispute escalated to deadly violence.   Read the article………………………..
  • Board Can Install Vehicle Chargers (FL) December 5, 2022
    Q: There have been recent discussions in my condominium about the board installing an electric vehicle charging station for everyone to use. It was my understanding that owners are entitled to install charging stations at their expense. Doesn’t a common charging station that we all have to pay for require a vote of the owners?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Police: Husband and wife shot, killed over HOA dispute at condo complex (FL) December 4, 2022
    A retired couple was shot and killed Saturday afternoon at the Cedar Pointe Condominiums off East Ocean Boulevard by one of their neighbors after a homeowners association dispute turned deadly, police said Sunday.  Read the article………………………..
  • Reserve funding requirements are a growing priority for many South Florida condominiums | Opinion December 2, 2022
    The new Florida condominium legislation requiring buildings three stories and taller to fund reserves and pass engineering inspections will account for many significant increases in association expenses for the state’s aging condo buildings. Such communities will likely be forced to increase their association dues from their owners in order to pay for ongoing operating expenses as well as long-term repairs and replacements.   Read the article………………………..
  • The factors that may be increasing insurance rates for Florida condo associations December 2, 2022
    It is a period of insurance insanity. Beyond all the people trying to collect money for Hurricane Ian’s damage, some people are getting next year’s bill.  One Southwest Florida condo complex saw a nearly 400% rate increase.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s been harrowing’: Residents recount ordeal of having to abandon beachfront condos (FL) December 1, 2022
    The News-Journal reached out to about 30 condos and short-term stay establishments that were at one point declared unsafe after Ian or Nicole and found that at least 372 people were displaced from eight condominium communities along Volusia County’s coastline, mostly because of Tropical Storm Nicole, according to estimates from property managers and condo association officials.   Read the article………………………..
  • Property management group responds to concerns in Greenacres (FL) November 30, 2022
    The City of Greenacres is taking action against the property management company that oversees a condo where families were left without power for over two weeks.   Read the article………………………..
  • What’s happening to the ducks? It’s a mystery at a Broward County condo (FL) November 30, 2022
    Domenico Capurso wants to know what’s killing the Muscovy ducks at his Dania Beach condo complex.  “It’s a very cruel death whether it was foul play or not,” he said.  There’s been at least half a dozen found dead in the past week.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida homeowner says hurricanes triggered sinkholes in neighborhood November 30, 2022
    The city sent cameras to look through the stormwater system and discovered broken pipes, both city owned and privately owned. The spokesperson said they are working with the HOA to fix the pipes.  Read the article………………………..
  • LOCAL NEWS Hammocks Association receiver discloses findings to Miami-Dade circuit judge (FL) November 30, 2022
    The court-appointed receiver assigned to handle the Hammocks Association in West Kendall’s alleged corruption disclosed his findings after two weeks of work.  Read the article………………………..
  • Following Surfside condo collapse, Jacksonville councilman introduces new mandatory building inspection bill (FL) November 29, 2022
    Legislation would require all condominium or co-op buildings over 3 stories tall & more than 25 years old to be inspected immediately  Read the article………………………..
  • Florida condo owners brace for rising insurance rates November 29, 2022
    Many South Florida condo owners are getting a holiday surprise they weren’t expecting — paying more for insurance. It’s all part of the state’s insurance crisis that has hit homeowners all year.  Read the article………………………..
  • A 50-year roof life? Did condo board make unwise declaration to skirt obligations? (FL) November 29, 2022
    Question: I live in a condo, and in November, when there was a regular budget approval meeting, the board approved the budget but said that the owners could not vote on the reserves because they board voted for full funding. The board said, in that case, the owners had no say in the matter. Is that correct?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Gran Paradiso property owners cry foul over water deal made before residents took charge (FL) November 28, 2022
    Gran Paradiso property owners have sued the West Villages Improvement District over the cost of irrigation water, which was set through negotiations with the developer early in the south Sarasota County subdivision’s creation.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA board can pass rules to prevent overuse of common facilities (FL) November 27, 2022
    Q: I am in a small Florida HOA that is developing two pickleball courts for members. Are there guidelines online we could follow (or rules from other small HOAs) we could study and modify to develop rules for our HOA so that we are not overrun by non-member guests invited to play? Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Ask a real estate pro: Does condo association have to pay for repairs after water leaked under slab? (FL) November 25, 2022
    Q: We had a water leak below the slab at our condo. We filed a claim with our insurance company which is paying for the repair. Our condo association won’t pay my deductible. Many residents have told me that since the leak was outside the condo, the association is responsible for the entire cost. What do I do?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • ‘Does our hearts good’: Residents of damaged Daytona Beach Shores condo share Thanksgiving (FL) November 25, 2022
    Even with Tropical Storm Nicole still fresh in their minds, and the damage from the storm still evident at their coastal property, Dimucci Twin Towers residents carried on with what has become a Thanksgiving tradition.   Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Raton homeowner looking for answers from HOA and AT&T after damaged sewage line (FL) November 24, 2022
    Stacy Furgang said sewage water ran into her home after the Crescent Lakes at Boca Raton Homeowners’ Association allowed AT&T into the community for upgrades.  In 2019, the HOA board alerted homeowners that AT&T would be digging and installing upgraded fiber-optic lines for customers in the area.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida man, 89, fights off wild hogs while walking dog in Palm Coast neighborhood November 23, 2022
    An 89-year-old man wants change in his Palm Coast neighborhood after he was attacked by two wild hogs while taking his dog out for a walk.  David Reisman tells FOX 35 the animals launched at him on his front porch at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. “The first one jumped on me. The second grabbed our little dog Riley,” he said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Damaged Daytona buildings face uncertain future (FL) November 23, 2022
    Two dozen oceanfront condominiums and hotels in Daytona Beach Shores were evacuated both before and immediately after Tropical Storm Nicole hit the area on Nov. 10. One week later, roughly half remain vacant. Some could stay that way indefinitely, experts and city officials warn.   Read the article………………………..
  • Criminal probe into board of Florida’s largest HOA widens as prosecutors seize records (FL) November 23, 2022
    For years, the board of the troubled Hammocks Community Association in West Kendall has blocked state investigators from getting a trove of financial records that may detail the theft of resident funds.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lakewood Ranch neighborhoods add community response programs (FL) November 22, 2022
    Although a Community Emergency Response Team team has served the original Lakewood Ranch CDD neighborhoods for 15 years, neighborhoods in the Stewardship District have established their own CERT programs to provide better reach throughout the area.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA board has no obligation to include owner communications in meeting minutes (FL) November 20, 2022
    Q: Emailed and written requests to our HOA board of directors are never acknowledged by the board or included in the official minutes.  Our by-laws state “The secretary shall keep the minutes of all proceedings of the directors and members.”   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Homeowner Sues The Oaks Boca Raton After Ordered To “Bulldoze” Landscaping (FL) November 19, 2022
    A homeowner in “The Oaks of Boca Raton” is seeking an injunction against the HOA’s Board of Directors after he was ordered to “bulldoze” landscaping that he claims that community initially approved.    Read the article………………………..
  • Plan for 45 homes on Bird Bay golf course in Venice rejected by advisory board (FL) November 18, 2022
    The Venice Planning Commission voted against a developer’s proposal to shrink the Hawks Run Golf Course at Bird Bay Village from 18 to 12 holes and allow for the addition of up to 45 villas, as well as construction of a new clubhouse and restaurant.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge appoints receiver for Hammocks HOA after board members accused of theft, fraud (FL) November 17, 2022
    Days after five current and former members and a vendor for the Hammocks Community Association were accused of stealing at least a million dollars in association funds, the case has been placed in front of a judge.   Read the article………………………..
  • Former, Current Hammocks HOA Board Members Arrested for Theft, Racketeering (FL) November 15, 2022
    Current and former members of the Hammocks Home Owners Association Board will be charged for theft of funds from the association, authorities said.  Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle will announce the arrests at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.  Five of the members were arrested Tuesday morning, NBC 6 has learned.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents allowed to return to evacuated Miami Beach condo after temporary fix (FL) November 14, 2022
    Residents were allowed to return to the Port Royale condo tower in Miami Beach on Monday after equipment was installed to secure damaged concrete beams that had prompted an evacuation of the building late last month.  Read the article………………………..
  • Residents of several communities express outrage with same property management company (FL) November 14, 2022
    People living in several South Florida communities with Homeowner’s Associations claimed they were living a nightmare and it was all because of one property management company.  “No financial, forging elections,” said condo owner Manny Ferreira.    Read the article………………………..
  • Investigations into 2021 Surfside, Florida, condo collapse far from over (FL) November 14, 2022
    Around 1:30 a.m. on June 24, 2021, 98 people were killed when Champlain Towers South, a 40-year-old condominium in Surfside, Florida, collapsed. Raysa Rodriguez was on the ninth floor of a part of the building that somehow remained standing.    Read the article………………………..
  • Daytona Beach Shores condo building evacuated due to Nicole now safe for residents to return, officials say (FL) November 13, 2022
    A condo building that was evacuated last week due to Tropical Storm Nicole has been deemed safe and residents can now return home, officials announced in a news release Sunday.  The city’s chief building official received the reports from the structural engineer of the Towers Grande Condos   Read the article………………………..
  • Daytona Beach Shores lists 23 structures so far deemed unsafe after Nicole November 13, 2022
    Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Director Michael Fowler on Saturday held a news conference at a resort on South Atlantic Avenue, where he updated a list of local buildings deemed unsafe and uninhabitable by the city’s chief building official (CBO) after Hurricane Nicole.   Read the article………………………..
  • After Hurricane Nicole, Condo Owners Grapple With Living Beachside (FL) November 13, 2022
    The evacuation of their buildings revealed a stark truth: Their apartments are likely going to be expensive to repair — and the fees will only go up, up, up.    Read the article……………………….. (NY Times: should not require subscription)
  • Lot owner bound by declaration of covenants even when not aware they existed (FL) November 13, 2022
    Q: The renters in a home I own occasionally violate the HOA rules, such as parking a trailer in the driveway or leaving the trash can visible in front of the house. The HOA sends me a letter with a threat to impose fines if the violation is not corrected. I see that the renters correct the violation. I do pay the small yearly HOA assessment. I purchased that home at a city-owned property auction.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Sky 6 tours damage done by Nicole to Florida condo buildings November 13, 2022
    Sky 6 flew over Daytona Beach Shores Friday, touring the damage left behind at several condo complexes which were deemed unsafe because of the rapid beach erosion caused by Nicole.  Read the article………………………..
  • Evergreen golf course gathering took no questions, subbed survey input November 12, 2022
    Some 85 people may have come away asking the same questions they arrived with at an information session on the fate of the golf course languishing among Lakewood and Glades residences.   Read the article………………………..
  • Official: Satellite Beach condo tower not in immediate danger, despite Nicole beach erosion (FL) November 12, 2022
    Hurricane Nicole’s relentless waves devoured the shoreline at the Oceana Oceanfront Condominium north tower in Satellite Beach, chewing away the sand dune and exposing the 10-story building’s concrete base.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hotels, condos damaged by Hurricane Nicole will have to hire own structural engineers (FL) November 12, 2022
    As many in Volusia County wonder about the future of their homes and business following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Nicole, officials said it will be up to a collaboration of structural engineers and government agencies to determine how, when, and where to rebuild.   Read the article………………………..
  • Owners of condemned Volusia County condos hope for a speedy storm solution (FL) November 12, 2022
    Before Hurricane Ian hit Florida in late September, Las Brisas board member Curt Lentz says the condominium association had already been pushing for the construction of a protective seawall.   Read the article………………………..
  • Part of Pirates Cove complex in Daytona Beach collapses as Nicole tears through Florida (FL) November 11, 2022
    A seven-story condominium building in Daytona Beach partially collapsed Thursday after Nicole, which made landfall south of Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane, brought strong winds, rain and rough surf to the area.   Read the article………………………..
  • Potential home buyer wants to build pickleball courts – can HOA stop them? (FL) November 11, 2022
    Question: I live in a 41-home neighborhood governed by an HOA. We have a home that sits on a one-acre lot that is for sale. The potential buyer would like to install two pickleball courts in the back yard that would fit and be within our setback guidelines.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Tropical Storm Nicole’s impact: Condo evacuations grow in Daytona Beach Shores November 11, 2022
    Residents were ordered to evacuate 11 oceanfront condominium complexes in Daytona Beach Shores on Wednesday because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Nicole barreled towards Florida.  On Thursday, hours after the severe storm had passed, the beachside city ordered the evacuation of three more condo buildings.   Read the article………………………..
  • Jim Cantore: ‘We’re Losing More And More Of The Sand’ (FL) November 10, 2022
    TWC’s Jim Cantore is outside a condo that looks like it could collapse at any moment in Daytona Beach, Florida.     Watch the Weather Channel report………………………….
  • Satellite Beach condo’s parking garage flooded thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole (FL) November 10, 2022
    Water was flowing through the parking garage in Satellite Beach Wednesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Nicole continued her approach toward Florida’s East Coast.   Watch the news report……………………………..
  • Nicole forces 12 Daytona Beach Shores condo complexes to evacuate as storm threatens collapse (FL) November 10, 2022
    Daytona Beach Shores police and Volusia County deputies are going door-to-door inside 12 condo complexes and one hotel along the beach that are under threat of collapse due to the powerful storm surge caused by Tropical Storm Nicole.  Read the article………………………..
  • Condos evacuated in Daytona Beach Shores as Tropical Storm Nicole nears; tides pound coast (FL) November 9, 2022
    With Tropical Storm Nicole still well off the coast of Florida on Wednesday afternoon, structures in Volusia County’s beaches were already starting to collapse or were being evacuated.  Read the article………………………..
  • Outcome of November 8 Lee County’s Meeting Regarding 50% Rule for Hurricane Ian Repairs (FL) November 8, 2022
    To follow-up on my previous post, on November 8, the Lee County Commissioners considered several changes to facilitate repairs to buildings damaged by Hurricane Ian. The most significant changes involve how the “50% Rule” will be calculated.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Condo buildings in peril’: coastal city asks county for evacuation order (FL) November 8, 2022
    With Subtropical Storm Nicole steaming closer to Florida’s coastline, Daytona Beach Shores leaders are asking Volusia County to change course and issue an evacuation order.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners in gated Pasco community claim shoddy work, upkeep in lawsuit (FL) November 8, 2022
    Private gated neighborhoods. Exclusive club lifestyle: That’s the website pitch for the Champions’ Club in Trinity, a community of estate homes offering residents privacy, the prestigious Fox Hollow Golf Club, its course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and an elegant clubhouse.   Read the article………………………..
  • County commissioners considering spreading cost of road paving across everyone’s property tax bills (FL) November 7, 2022
    Pasco commissioners took a first step this past week toward a system of paying for residential roadwork that more closely resembles Tsamis’ past experience. If approved, the county would assess residents across Pasco for neighborhood roadwork as part of their annual property tax bill and repave roads on a rotating schedule.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida city council ignores its own zoning board, votes to rezone Lone Pine Golf Club to single-family houses (FL) November 6, 2022
    Still, residents of 354 homes in Lone Pine Estates hold out hope that the fairways, greens and sand traps won’t turn into living rooms, kitchens and swimming pools on the nearly 64 acres.  Read the article………………………..
  • Repair and replacement of HOA townhome roofs governed by declaration of covenants (FL) November 6, 2022
    Q: We live in a small development of single-family duplex homes. There are 102 villas with shared roofs. The community was developed in 2002 and our roofs, being 20 years old, need to be replaced. Our declarations make no mention that the HOA is responsible for replacement   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Increases in Florida community association budgets require careful deliberation, communication | Opinion November 5, 2022
    The budgetary strains that Florida community associations are now beginning to experience have been daunting, and boards of directors and property managers are finding it particularly difficult to reconcile required increases with many community home and condominium owners. Significant increases in insurance and staffing costs, combined with the coming reserves and inspection requirements for many condominiums, are creating the need for budgetary growth that requires substantial raises to monthly association dues.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pasco Co. seniors frustrated after ‘astronomical’ increase in HOA fees (FL) November 5, 2022
    The Ashton Oaks homeowners association is proposing a 33% increase in fees for residents living in villas in Wesley Chapel.  “It’s been really frustrating,” said 14-year Ashton Oaks resident Suzy Cardner.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Somebody cares about us’: Power restored to Greenacres condo residents after two weeks (FL) November 4, 2022
    A group of families living in the heat and fighting to get the lights back on at a Greenacres condo are now breathing a sigh of relief.  Power has since been restored to some residents in the 600 building at Lakeview Gardens Condominiums after a fire in the electrical box left them in the dark for two weeks.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ian debris being collected after complaints on San Carlos Island (FL) November 3, 2022
    San Carlos’ trash will hopefully be a thing of the past soon, but not without some roadblocks. The homeowner’s association missed a crucial step in the debris pickup permitting process, and they say it’s because they had no idea it was even a thing.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We are desperate’: Greenacres families living without electricity beg for help (FL) November 3, 2022
    Some families in Greenacres say they have been living without electricity for more than two weeks now and the management company responsible for the repair is not taking immediate action.  The City of Greenacres tell CBS12 News they have been made aware by residents in the 600 building of Lakeview Gardens Condominiums that the building of 10 units has not had power due to a failure in the main electrical service.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents of evacuated Miami Beach condo building could be back home soon (FL) November 2, 2022
    Good news is coming for people living in the Port Royale building on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach: they could be back in their homes as soon as early next week.  On Tuesday, Local 10 News got an exclusive look at the damage that led to Thursday’s evacuation of the 164-unit condo building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Turtle Run Community Development District Board Speaks Out Amid Sunshine Law Allegations, Contentious 2022 Election (FL) November 1, 2022
    The Turtle Run Community Development District board members are speaking out amid a contentious election cycle that includes accusations of dirty politics, Sunshine Law violations — even assault.  Tensions came to a peak at the board’s Oct. 10 meeting. After public comment, board members argued. After 14 minutes, they adjourned the meeting, despite agenda items remaining unaddressed.   Read the article………………………..
  • Board may promulgate rule barring flags that are not otherwise protected by HOA Act (FL) October 30, 2022
    Our HOA governing documents are silent on the issue of whether or not flying flags are allowed.  Our board last night passed a rule prohibiting any flag other than those cited in the Florida Statute Section 720.304(2)(a). The board said it is allowed to pass policies and procedures changes because they are not part of our governing documents.     Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Condo Q & A (FL) October 29, 2022
    Q: I live in a condominium and some units suffered flood damage and some just wind damage from Hurricane Ian. Can you explain the basic difference in coverages?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Damaged condo beam ‘might support the entire building’? Miami Beach right to evacuate | Editorial October 29, 2022
    The order to evacuate the Port Royale Condominium in Miami Beach Thursday came as a shock to residents. They had to scramble to find temporary housing, carrying their belongings out of the aging building in hastily packed suitcases.   Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Grande North and the Challenges It Faces after Ian (FL) October 29, 2022
    Being the president of your homeowners’ association can be a rewarding position, but it can also be a demanding one. Following Hurricane Ian, Ken Burnette, president of the Boca Grande North Condo Association, has found the job not only to be demanding, but heartbreaking, too.   Read the article………………………..
  • Miami Beach Condo Building Ordered Evacuated Over Structural Issue (FL) October 27, 2022
    A condominium building in Miami Beach was ordered evacuated Thursday after it was deemed structurally unsafe.  Residents of the Port Royale condo building at 6969 Collins Avenue have been required to vacate immediately due to an unsafe structure notice, Miami Beach officials said.  The building is undergoing a 50-year recertification and the building’s structural engineer found “excessive deflection” in a concrete beam in the garage level.   Read the article………………………..
  • Gated neighborhoods can sign-up for community debris removal from FEMA (FL) October 27, 2022
    erry Schweitzer, Cape Coral’s Solid Waste Manager told city leaders that only 10 of the 21 gated communities in the cape, had submitted their forms for debris removal.  Jim Jenke, who lives in one of the community’s that Schweitzer says has submitted its form, showed Fox 4 the amount of debris still left on the streets.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fake HOA workers distract 94-year-old, steal thousands worth of jewelry from Coconut Creek home (FL) October 27, 2022
    Police are investigating a robbery after two men posing as Homeowners Association workers stole from an elderly woman’s house in Coconut Creek on Wednesday.  The 94-year-old woman who chose to remain unidentified told Local 10?s Rosh Lowe that two men who identified themselves as landscapers broke into her home and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry.   Read the article………………………..
  • In Pasco, residents must pay the cost to repave their street. That could change (FL) October 27, 2022
    Pasco commissioners took a first step this week toward a system of paying for residential roadwork that more closely resembles Tsamis’ past experience. If approved, the county would assess residents across Pasco for neighborhood roadwork as part of their annual property tax bill and repave roads on a rotating schedule.  Read the article………………………..
  • Venice anticipates $17.7 million cleanup bill from Hurricane Ian (FL) October 26, 2022
    Paul Forte, a member of the Venice Sands Condominium homeowners association, said the road damage – which included what he described as a sinkhole – created an unsafe situation for beachgoers who are still using the end of road to access Venice Beach. “My condo is directly above that and as a civil engineer, I get a bird’s eye view of the erosion creep as the sinkhole gets bigger for the last 10 days I’ve been back,” Forte said. “We’re concerned ...
  • Cape Coral neighborhood has a debris problem (FL) October 26, 2022
    One man needs the debris in his Cape Coral neighborhood gone.  He said the City of Cape Coral is taking too long so now he and his condo association are taking matters into their own hands, spending thousands of dollars to get rid of it.   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida condo market braces for impact of new Surfside-inspired safety law October 24, 2022
    Stricter inspections and reserve funding mandates could have “a significant chilling effect” in the Sunshine State and beyond as more associations are forced to sell older properties.  Read the article………………………..
  • Merger of condominiums requires 100% unit owner approval (FL) October 23, 2022
    Q: We are a multi-condominium association comprised of eight individual associations. Six of the eight individual associations consist of similar buildings, each with 32 units. These six associations are considering combining into one association. If we were to bring their reserves, fund balances and maintenance fees into synchronization (i.e., same values), what would it take to combine them?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Venetian Golf and River Club says ‘THANKS!’ (FL) October 22, 2022
    Hurricane Readiness Team.  The HRT is composed of over 60 resident volunteers who are organized to provide a total assessment of any damage on property, address special needs of residents and provide extra security to the community, according to a news release.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q & A (FL) October 22, 2022
    Q: Our condominium association was badly affected by Hurricane Ian. We have wind and flood damage. Our board has reviewed our insurance policies and deductibles required. We do not believe we have enough in our reserves to cover the deductibles. Can our board special assess the owners for the rest of the deductible amounts under the condominium emergency powers?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Man Arrested For Stalking Coral Springs Condo Association President (FL) October 22, 2022
    A man with a history of stalking a Coral Springs homeowner’s association president–and who once allegedly poured a hot cup of coffee down the man’s trousers—was arrested last week while lying in wait for the community leader, court records show.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hurricane Ian Turned Florida’s Water So Vile That It “Looks Like Root Beer” October 21, 2022
    “We’ve been crippled,” Stanley Rupinski, president of the complex’s homeowner’s association, told CBS after trying to reach out to the relevant agencies. “And this is something that’s really beyond our control. There’s really nothing we can do as people to get this out of here.”  Read the article………………………..
  • Real estate Q&A: If I stop paying golf club dues but still pay HOA fees, is my home subject to a lien? October 20, 2022
    Q: I live in a community with mandatory golf club membership. I pay dues to my association and the club. If I stop paying the club but continue to pay the association, can they lien my home? If so, can I be foreclosed?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Surfside Condo Collapse Report Release Delayed to 2025 (FL) October 20, 2022
    Families of those who died in the Champlain tower collapse will now have to wait even longer before finding out the official cause   Watch the news report……………………………….
  • 94-year-old Broward woman burglarized by lying ‘landscapers,’ police say (FL) October 19, 2022
    Coconut Creek police are warning residents to be alert after a 94-year-old resident fell victim to a “distraction scam” last Thursday.  Police said a man and a woman knocked on the older woman’s door, claiming to be landscapers hired by her homeowners association.   Read the article………………………..
  • New Florida law, Lee County guidelines handcuff mold mitigation businesses October 19, 2022
    House Bill 735 preempted most licensing to the state and was approved by an 82-32 vote in April 2021. Lee County government responded by phasing out its local contractor licensing board in March 2022, according to Lee County director of communications Betsy Clayton. She declined to have county staff interviewed on this subject. She said there are 104 licensed mold mitigation companies in Florida. Unless there are any legal changes, those will have to serve the estimated 20,000 Lee County ...
  • Stone Island in Volusia County still dealing with significant flooding issues after Ian (FL) October 18, 2022
    More than two weeks after Ian unleashed record rainfall in communities across the state, residents of Stone Island are still using portable toilets provided by Volusia County.  “None of us can really use any of our plumbing,” said Andrew Hulcher, president of the Stone Island Homeowners Association.    Read the article………………………..
  • Surfside families fight for memorial at site of condo collapse (FL) October 18, 2022
    Sixteen months after a condo collapsed in Surfside, Florida, killing 98 people, the cause of the collapse is still under investigation and some families say they feel forgotten.  Martin Langesfeld, who lost his sister and brother-in-law in the collapse, said politicians and developers “don’t care” about the families anymore now that the cameras are gone. He criticized the sale of the land, which sparked a bitter fight between victims’ families who seek a memorial and survivors who hoped for financial ...
  • 3 things condo association decision-makers should consider as new safety laws go into effect (FL) October 17, 2022
    Recently, Florida passed SB 4-D, a new safety regulation for condominium and cooperative association buildings. The law centers around inspection requirements, mandatory reserves and more transparency for unit owners and prospective unit owners on information regarding the condition of the buildings.     Read the article………………………..
  • Families escape early morning condo fire in St. Petersburg (FL) October 17, 2022
    Vicky Cole returned to what’s left of her apartment at the Enclave at Sabal Pointe condo complex in St. Petersburg as the sun came up on Sunday.   Read the article………………………..
  • La Casa homeowners say calls for help unanswered (FL) October 17, 2022
    La Casa HOA President Tim Davis said some residents rode Ian out, sheltering in a park activity center of block concrete. The park’s nearly 300 acres, like its neighbors and some places in the region, were a mess.   Read the article………………………..
  • Holley By the Sea backyard chicken owners fear HOA may ban their feathery friends (FL) October 17, 2022
    Residents of the sprawling Holley By The Sea subdivision are crying “fowl” over recent steps by their homeowners association to limit, and some think eliminate, the keeping of chickens.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA has no obligation to mail informational notices (FL) October 16, 2022
    Q: My HOA mails out all regulatory notices (monthly board of directors meetings; annual financials; yearly elections; etc.) A bulletin board is also used in conjunction with these important notices. However, there are many other notices that are neither sent out to everyone’s attention nor followed up by posting on the community bulletin board.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Association Voting in the Electronic Age October 15, 2022
    Q: I serve on the Board of a very large condominium association. Getting unit owners to return proxies and ballots is difficult (to say the least), making it almost impossible to get voting items to pass. Oftentimes, we have a hard time even getting a quorum. With so many people being accustomed to “Zoom” meetings, is there a way that we can require owners to vote online?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Emergency powers for community associations (FL) October 15, 2022
    Two and half weeks ago, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida. Hurricane Ian was practically a worst-case scenario for our area and has impacted essentially every person and community. The recovery for many of our communities will take years and the process is only beginning.  Read the article………………………..
  • Hurricane Ian HOA and Condo Community Debris Cleanup Guidance October 13, 2022
    CAI is monitoring recovery efforts in Florida following Hurricane Ian. The Florida Legislative Alliance wishes to make members aware of the following rules and programs regarding debris removal for homeowners associations and condominium communities in the following affected counties:  Read the article………………………..
  • Boca condo board loses bid to withhold financial records from ‘troublemakers’ (FL) October 12, 2022
    Condominium owners don’t have to tell governing boards why they want to examine their associations’ financial records. And owners, not boards, are allowed to decide whether the examinations can be conducted by themselves or their authorized representatives.   Read the article………………………..
  • In the wake of Kings Point tornado damage, HOA attorney urges Floridians to have a disaster plan (FL) October 11, 2022
    As the residents of Kings Point continue to pick up the pieces, a local HOA lawyer explained why this is the time for all Florida residents to dot their I’s and cross their T’s when it comes to their plan in case a natural disaster strikes again.   Read the article………………………..
  • Jewish family receives legal notice from condo association to remove sukkah (FL) October 11, 2022
    A South Florida Jewish family says they received a threatening letter from their condominium association as they mark a traditional holiday.  The association says they can’t celebrate outside.    Read the article………………………..
  • Fees for checks may be legal, but difficult to collect (FL) October 9, 2022
    Q: In order to minimize the administrative and accounting costs and headaches of collecting HOA fees, our community is contemplating charging each homeowner who is not set up for autopay (e-check or credit card) an extra $5-$10 per month. The HOA covenants and bylaws are silent regarding whether the HOA can do this.  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Recovery from Hurricane Ian (FL) October 9, 2022
    Unfortunately, Hurricane Ian was a historic storm and has left a wide and substantial swath of damage across Southwest Florida. As we all work to recover from the ongoing effects of Hurricane Ian, I would like to share a few pointers we have learned from past storms and some things we are experiencing with Ian:   Read the article………………………..
  • That Boca condo board that won a $395,554 judgment against a single mom now faces a skeptical judge (FL) October 8, 2022
    Is it OK for members of a condominium board to interpret record access laws as it wishes if it decides that unit owners making the requests are working against it?   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q & A (FL) October 8, 2022
    Q: Our association needs advice about emergency powers after the hurricane. Could you please share what we all should know at this time after Hurricane Ian?     Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Volunteers drawn to East Naples retiree mobile home park to rebuild after widespread damage (FL) October 7, 2022
    There are 152 manufactured or mobile homes in the mostly retiree community on Bayshore Drive; roughly 140 were severely damaged and need flooring replaced as soon as possible for safety reasons, according to Mike Patch, with the homeowner’s association.   Read the article………………………..
  • One Florida community built to weather hurricanes endured Ian with barely a scratch (FL) October 7, 2022
    In 2018, Wilkerson became one of the first 100 residents of Babcock Ranch — an innovative community north of Fort Myers where homes are built to withstand the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them without being flooded out or losing electricity, water or the internet.   Read the article………………………..
  • Orlando residents sift damage left behind by Hurricane Ian at flood-ravaged condo complex (FL) October 6, 2022
    Residents are sifting through damage at an Orlando condo complex that saw dozens of rescues after Hurricane Ian.  A week after the storm hit, floodwater receded from Dockside at Ventura, but waterlogged belongings remain.   Read the article………………………..
  • Broward condo residents say management company leaves bills unpaid and problems unsolved (FL) October 5, 2022
    A company was hired to help run a Broward County condo community, but a group of unhappy owners says there is no help to be found. 7’s Kevin Ozebek investigates.  Welcome to Windmill Lakes in Pembroke Pines. From a distance, it looks like a beautiful community, but residents say, look closer.   Read the article………………………..
  • Volunteers rally to aid storm-stranded residents of Holly Hill’s Marina Grande condos (FL) October 2, 2022
    When Ian swept through Volusia County on Wednesday and Thursday, it knocked out water and elevator service at the Marina Grande on the Halifax luxury condominiums in Holly Hill.  Water service and all but one of the six elevators in the twin-tower riverfront complex remained out-of-order two days later.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condominium responsible to conduct repairs in a reasonable manner (FL) October 2, 2022
    Q: Last month a huge tree fell on our one-story condo building. My condo sustained damage and there is a leak going into the attic section of my condo. The association has placed a tarp on the roof, but it repeatedly becomes undone.    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Hurricane Ian slams Boca Grande, playground for presidents and celebrities, but landmarks survive (FL) October 2, 2022
    …..“This is going to be a massive undertaking when it comes to how do we repair all of this?” Ken Burnette said.  As condo association president, he is preparing to take the lead on a long rebuilding process that starts with having an engineer evaluate the buildings to see “are they livable? What will it take to make them livable?”     Read the article………………………..
  • Property insurance costs skyrocketing in Florida as Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc October 1, 2022
    Hurricane Ian is expected to undermine the already precarious market for property insurance in Florida, supercharging premiums and exposing gaps in coverage.  Why it matters: Ian’s trail of wreckage will inevitably trigger a host of insurance claims by homeowners, saddle those without flood coverage with devastating losses and bludgeon the strained finances of the state’s insurers.    Read the article………………………..
  • Federal team investigating Surfside building collapse completes site testing (FL) October 1, 2022
    The federal team investigating the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside announced Thursday that they have completed testing at the site and collected data to evaluate the potential causes.  The National Construction Safety Team also has data provided by civil litigants after a Miami-Dade judge ordered the turnover of materials and samples to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.   Read the article………………………..
  • Do you need to have a “physical place” for your association meetings? (FL) October 1, 2022
    During the early Covid times many Associations moved their board and members meetings to Zoom or to Telephone Conference under emergency powers granted by the Governor and the Legislature to Condominium and Homeowners Associations.   Read the article………………………..
  • Special assessment due dates not set by statute (FL) October 1, 2022
    Q: I understand that the board of directors of my condominium association has the authority to levy special assessments. However, is there any requirement on when special assessments must be due? Does the association have to allow at least 30 days or more before the special assessment can be due?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • 11-year-old Hurricane Ian evacuee falls to death from Panama City Beach condo (FL) September 30, 2022
    An 11-year-old Hurricane Ian evacuee is dead after falling from a balcony of a condo on Panama City Beach.   Read the article………………………..
  • As Hurricane Ian Approaches, Miami Firms Help Condos Fortify Buildings to Comply With New Law (FL) September 29, 2022
    A new Florida law that tightens the rules around condo inspections is spawning a new cottage industry in the Miami area, as real-estate firms compete to offer services to enable thousands of residential buildings in Florida to comply.  Read the article………………………..
  • Delray Beach condo damaged by possible tornado (FL) September 28, 2022
    Dozens of people were evacuated and two others were taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after a possible tornado caused by Hurricane Ian damaged an apartment complex in Delray Beach.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Honesty is extremely paramount’: Delray Beach weighs in on perjury case that led to man’s arrest (FL) September 26, 2022
    Just days after a man was arrested on a felony perjury charge for allegedly lying about being an HOA president, Delray Beach’s city manager addressed the odd situation, saying they were left with little choice but to press charges.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fines just one of several enforcement tools available to associations (FL) September 25, 2022
    Q: You recently discussed condominium fines. So do I have this correct? In a condominium the fine maximum is $100 per violation, $1000 maximum for a continuing violation, and no liens are allowed on the property. So basically the violation, fines and consequently the rules of a condominium are unenforceable and mean nothing if someone wants to just blow off the board as well as their neighbors.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • While potential hurricane looms, some areas already dealing with flooding problems (FL) September 24, 2022
    While Central Florida braces for a potential hurricane to make landfall next week, some areas are already dealing with flooding problems.  Over the past year, the edge of Clearwater Lake in Apopka has continued to creep higher into people’s backyards. For the past five years, residents say flooding has made a playground and gazebo inaccessible.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Q & A (FL) September 24, 2022
    Q: We have a homeowner in my homeowners’ association (HOA) who does not like to follow the rules. Recently, he painted his house a color that is not within the HOA approved color palette. What are the HOA’s options in getting him to comply?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Florida homeowner without insurance while trying to close previous mold claim September 21, 2022
    Palm Harbor homeowner whose insurance went into receivership this year is waiting for her homeowner’s association to help with mold claim   Read the article………………………..
  • Florida HOA president arrested again, facing more charges over alleged hidden camera inside condo September 20, 2022
    A Florida man and HOA president already facing charges for allegedly keeping a hidden camera inside the master bedroom of a Palm Coast condo he was caring for, faces additional charges after a third victim was recorded on camera.  Read the article………………………..
  • A Delray Beach man lied about being an HOA president during a city meeting, police say. He’s now been arrested. September 20, 2022
    Aman says he’s an HOA president at a public meeting, talks about everyone being “in favor” of a controversial plan for an apartment building — then winds up in jail because police say he wasn’t who he claimed to be.   Read the article………………………..
  • It is legal for owner to police condo association rules, but not necessarily recommended (FL) September 18, 2022
    Q: I live in a community governed by an HOA, and our board has appointed a resident volunteer to make rounds taking pictures and reporting potential violations to management, who then decides whether to issue citations and fines. This individual uses a private unmarked car and as a result is not liked by fellow residents. Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Board Workshops Covered by Sunshine Law (FL) September 17, 2022
    Q: I understand that if the board of directors posts notice for a meeting, and a majority of board members are there, that is a board meeting. However, what if a board just holds a workshop to discuss certain items and to get input, but no vote is taken. What is that, and is that permitted?    Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Pinellas County neighborhood dealing with dangerous hole in road (FL) September 17, 2022
    Residents who use Estancia Boulevard to get to their homes are fed up with a hole in the road that they say has been getting bigger for years.  “No one will take responsibility,” said Kevin Connolly, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years. “It’s dangerous and it needs to be fixed.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Community Association Q & A (FL) September 17, 2022
    Q: Can a husband and wife both serve on the same condominium board of directors?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Increase in the Fees Charged for Estoppel Certificates (FL) September 16, 2022
    In accordance with Florida Statutes 718.116, 719.108 and 720.30851, fees for estoppel certificates shall be adjusted every five (5) years in an amount equal to the total of the annual increases for that 5-year period in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, US City Average, All Items. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has calculated the increased fees for estoppel certificates.   Read the article………………………..
  • Real estate Q&A: Can the board hire an iguana removal company without residents’ input? (FL) September 16, 2022
    Q: Recently, our condominium’s board announced that our maintenance dues would go up next year. A week later, we received a newsletter stating that our community had hired a company to remove iguanas from the common areas. There was no mention of this cost, and we feel it’s an issue that should’ve been discussed and voted on by the homeowners. Can the board make costly decisions on behalf of the residents without their input for non-critical things like this?   Read ...
  • Unit owner can use right of first refusal to acquire entire building (FL) September 11, 2022
    Q:  I own a condo in a building with 12 units. We have one owner who has deep pockets and is buying every condo that comes up for sale. In effect, he is turning our condo into an apartment building. At this point, he owns 4, and he has 4 votes. His 33% of ownership has made any changes to the documents impossible, as 75% is needed to amend.
  • “Estoppel” Fee Explained (FL) September 10, 2022
    Q: I recently contacted my condominium association to get an account status for refinancing my mortgage. I was charged $299.00, which seems like a lot. Is this a valid charge?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Condo Q & A (FL) September 10, 2022
    Q: My homeowner’s association just had a board member resign, in writing, effective immediately. The annual meeting for the association is not until March 2023. To further complicate matters, this board member had a two-year term so his term would not be up until March 2024. Is the board allowed to appoint a replacement?  Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • A Tampa Bay retirement community’s unwelcome guest: wild, destructive hogs (FL) September 9, 2022
    While hogs can be a nuisance year round, Pullen and his neighbors have been dealing with a surge of the unwelcome visitors for weeks. They blame new housing developments in the surrounding area for pushing the pigs out of their natural habitats and into their backyards.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ellenton neighborhood continues cleanup from last month’s storm (FL) September 9, 2022
    In late August, a thunderstorm and possible microburst severely damaged 44 homes in the 55+ community. Residents who were unaffected and able, ran to assist others by adding plywood patches and tarps to their roofs until they can find a permanent fix.   Read the article………………………..
  • Person killed when flame ignites oxygen, causes explosion at Bradenton condo (FL) September 8, 2022
    A person was killed after a flame ignited oxygen that was being administered, which caused an explosion, according to police.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ask a real estate pro: What’s the best plan to pay off $10,000 special assessment? September 8, 2022
    Q: Our community is levying a significant special assessment of $10,000 to be paid over 10 years. They tell us that the outstanding balance must be paid whenever a home is sold. The community has given us the choice of paying off the whole assessment in one payment, saving $4,300.00. What is your recommendation?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Florida HOA president hid camera in woman’s bedroom, deputies say September 7, 2022
    A Florida HOA president turned himself in after authorities said he installed a hidden camera inside a woman’s bedroom while she was out of the state.  Read the article………………………..
  • RE Q&A: Should I Sue for My Condo Flood Damage? September 7, 2022
    Question: The apartment above ours had a flood caused by a faulty valve that damaged my apartment. I have a homeowner’s insurance policy, but my neighbor is uninsured. The condo says it has no responsibility. Should I sue my neighbor for damage to my apartment not covered by insurance? –   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • ‘It’s an eyesore:’ Condemnation notice given for Daytona Beach condo site (FL) September 7, 2022
    An unfinished condominium tower foundation near Oakridge Boulevard is decaying, and neighbors are calling it a major eyesore. Daytona Beach city leaders also called it dangerous.  The city condemned it last week, but now, Daytona Beach officials are working with the owners on a plan to get construction back up and running.    Read the article………………………..
  • Boca Royale permitted to remove nuisance gators (FL) September 6, 2022
    A new five-year permit allowing the removal of alligators at Boca Royale alarmed some residents in the gated community.  In July, 80-year-old Rose Marie Wiegand fell into the water while trimming grass near the seawall of her Boca Royale home. She was attacked by two large alligators in the water near the sixth hole. A witness told investigators he saw two alligators near the woman as he tried to save her.   Read the article………………………..
  • Investigation continues into balcony fall death (FL) September 6, 2022
    A holiday weekend turned tragic after a child died in our area. A 4-year-old fell from a balcony at a condo on Front Beach Road.  Panama City Beach police say they rushed to Laketown Wharf Condominium at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning after a child fell from a balcony.  They said the child fell from the 11th story and landed on the third story and died from his injuires.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mixed Messaging on Solar Panels Penalizes Florida Homeowners Seeking to Save Energy September 6, 2022
    Florida homeowners who thought they were saving money and, perhaps, the environment by installing solar panels have been shocked to learn that many insurers will not insure their roofs if they have solar panels.   Read the article………………………..

 

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