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  • 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…………………………….
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Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Articles

  • The Surfside Effect: Adjusting to new regulations in the aftermath of the Surfside collapse
    Carriers were quick to yank up insurance premiums when the first major hurricane in over a decade slammed Florida in 2017. Still, state and federal actions to mitigate the impact of climate change on housing infrastructure have been unrushed in the six years since.  Then, on June 24, 2021, when a 12-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside disintegrated, killing 98 people, the sense of urgency kicked into high gear. This is despite the fact that the collapse ...
  • How Should Florida Community Associations Answer Residents’ Requests for Emotional Support Animals?
    A right to an emotional support animal has been a heavily discussed topic for years, especially for certain extreme requests involving the use of an exotic animal for emotional support purposes, or when there is a claim that the emotional support animal needs its own emotional support animal, in a relatively clear attempt to circumvent community pet restrictions.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Navigating Defamation Lawsuits and Non-Compete Clauses (FL)
    The topic of defamation has become more prevalent as civil discourse has eroded. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the rare board member and/or manager who has not been subject to some form of potential slander or libel throughout their course of community association service.    Listen to the podcast…………………………..
  • “A ‘CliffsNotes’ Guide for New Condominium Board Members” (FL)
    The election is over, and you have earned a coveted seat on your condominium association’s board of directors. Now what? This helpful guide will provide you with a “CliffsNotes” version of important things to remember as you embark on your journey as a director.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Maintenance Matrix: An Incredibly Helpful Tool
    Alternatively, if an association has planned ahead, the association’s board and management can turn to their handy dandy maintenance matrix! A maintenance matrix is a compilation of the maintenance, repair, and replacement responsibilities in a clear and concise chart which depicts the specific assignments for each component. A maintenance matrix is prepared by reviewing all of the governing documents and the statutory defaults in advance so that it can be referred to when questions arise about responsibilities.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Understanding Director Conflicts of Interest in Florida Condominium Associations
    In the realm of condominium associations in Florida, directors play a crucial role in decision-making processes. However, their actions must adhere to certain legal standards to ensure transparency and fairness. This article explores key legal cases and statutes that shape the landscape of director conflicts of interest in Florida condominium associations.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Effective Board Members
    Understanding the roles and responsibilities of effective condominium and HOA board members is critical. Community association directors should always be scrupulous and dedicated volunteers who wish to do their part for the effective administration and oversight of their enclave.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Civility in Community Associations: Does it Even Exist Anymore?
    It seems the growing trend is that tempers flare so much faster than in days gone by. One of the more difficult situations to deal with is when a cantankerous member of the association goes out of their way to make life miserable for their neighbors and/or their board.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Disaster Assistance: Information on the 2021 Condominium Collapse in Surfside, Florida
    This Q&A report looks at the federal response. FEMA coordinated response and recovery efforts, including assistance for survivors and victims’ families. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is investigating the technical cause of the collapse and plans to issue a report in 2025 that may recommend changes to improve the structural safety of buildings.  Read the article…………………………….
  • MIRS and SIRS and Condominium Document Review for Contracts Entered into Prior to Dec. 31, 2024 (FL)
    In the transactional world of resale of residential condominium units the statutory three business-day condominium-review period will be taking on new elements for consideration. These additional considerations will be very important in analyzing the potential costs of ownership of a condominium unit. Read the article…………………………….
Florida Article Archives

 

Florida Laws

The Condominium Act, Chapter 718, F.S.

The Cooperative Act, Chapter 719, F.S.

The Florida Mobile Home Act, Chapter 723, F.S.

The Florida Vacation Plan and Timesharing Act, Chapter 721, F.S.

Homeowners’ Associations, Chapter 720, F.S. (jurisdiction limited to arbitration of election and recall disputes)

Community Association Management

Condominiums and Cooperatives – Building Reporting
718.501(3)(a), F.S./Senate Bill SB4D requires all condominium and cooperative associations with buildings 3 stories or higher to report the following information to the Division of Florida Condominium, Timeshares and Mobile Homes on or before January 1, 2023.

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Resources

Condominium Associations

The mission of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes is to provide consumer protection for Florida residents living in the communities we regulate through education, complaint resolution, mediation and arbitration, and developer disclosure.

 

Homeowners’ Associations

The division has authority to arbitrate election and recall disputes under Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. However, the division does not have authority to investigate complaints under Chapter 720, Florida Statutes.

Arbitration

The Laws

Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes   The mission is to provide consumer protection for Florida residents living in the communities we regulate through education, complaint resolution, mediation and arbitration, and developer disclosure.

CAM License Search/Check

Condominium Ombudsman

 

City of Miami HOA Contacts: Certain applications (such a special events & temporary use permits) require you to send letters to Homeowner Association (HOA) Lists. Click here for the list. These are organized by district.

FL_CAN_originalCommunity Association Networking Group

C.A.N. provides monthly educational seminars for association managers & board members, no membership required! Our mission is to offer the most current information available covering the topics that matter to you, delivered by top professionals in their field! What makes C.A.N. different is the delivery of our presentations. We provide several professionals to cover each topic, so that you receive interactive information, from every angle. In addition, we set aside time for your individual questions at every meeting. At Community Association Network, we made the conscience decision to limit the number of service providers who attend and sponsor our meetings, so that our audience can focus on receiving the information they need. Best of all, every event is held at a beautiful location, includes a full breakfast or lunch and PARTICIPATION IS ALWAYS FREE! Come and join us for our monthly breakfast or lunch meetings! RSVP on the Events page.


 

Community Association Institute Chapters

CAI – Gold Coast Chapter –

CAI – North Gulf Coast Chapter 

CAI –South Gulf Coast Chapter 

CAI – Central Florida Chapter

CAI – Southeast Florida Chapter

CAI – Suncoast Chapter

CAI – West Florida Chapter

Community Advocacy Network – Florida The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is the leading statewide advocacy network dedicated to promoting positive community association legislation while advising legislators to resist the urge to micromanage and over-regulate private residential communities. .

Broward Coalition of Condominiums, Homeowner Associations and Community Organizations, Inc. – For over thirty years, the Broward Coalition has successfully worked to bring Condominium and Homeowner Associations from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties together for updated information and education. Our voices and concerns are well known in the three counties, and Governor’s office, throughout the State of Florida and up to the halls of Congress. Many of our members include leaders of the Communities, Elected Officials and Corporate Business Partners.

Treasure Coast Communities Association, Inc. – The Treasure Coast Communities Association, Inc. is an Organization of Condominium, Cooperative and Homeowner Associations honed to Protect, Preserve and Enhance Owner Rights and Equities.

Cyber Citizens for Justice was founded to unite Floridians in their quest to improve the daily lives of citizens in our State. We are seeking to present citizens’ interest in Florida through advocacy, education and legislative reform.

Tri-County Communities Association – Tri County Communities Association holds educational seminars monthly from January through April for community association and management company members.

Community Association Managers of Marco Island – The Community Association Managers of Marco Island is dedicated to furthering the profession of community association management through education and networking

Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. – The purpose of the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. shall be to promote the general welfare of the Kendall Community by identifying and addressing quality of life issues and matters of concern through a Federation of Homeowner Associations. The Human Equation’s

Condo Craze & HOA’s radio show on WFTL AM850 Sunday’s at noon (also streamed live)

 Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association

Key Biscayne Condominium President’s Council

 

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Blogs

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Legal Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

 HOA Law Group

Stage & Associates

Community Association Law Group – For the Association

The CAM Team

Community Association Resource Group

Florida HOA & Condo Blog

Gerstin & Associates

Jimerson & Cobb P.A. Condominium Law

AriasBosinger

Rembaum’s Association Roundup

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