June 2017

  1. Suspensions of Residents’ Use of Community Amenities Help Associations to Maintain Compliance  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 27, 2017

  2. Going Too Far Down the Rabbit Hole: How Our National Political Discourse Parallels Our Community Associatoin Discourse Community Association Law Blog, June 25, 2017

  3. Florida HOA’s Can Change Rental Rules Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 23, 2017 

  4. Can I Run for the Condo Board If I Haven’t Paid A Fine?  Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 21, 2017 

  5. Medicaid Benefits and Home Ownership Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 19, 2017 

  6. Insurance Reminders for Condo Associations at Start of Hurricane Season Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 16, 2017

  7. Florida HOA Residents Have the Right to Inspect Official Records of the Association Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 14, 2017 

  8. Delinquent Owners not Eligible for the Board of Directors in Florida Condominiums & HOAs Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 12, 2017 

  9. Injunction Against Condo Owner Illustrates Just How Ugly Things Can Get Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 7, 2017

  10. Levine Law Group "Are You Ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season?"

  11. Can the Association Board Fill a Vacancy Without an Election? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 5, 2017 

  12. "What's in a Name?" Quite a bit, particularly for Association Board Members who have been Defamed. The Community Association Law Blog, June 5, 2017

  13. NOAA Predicts Above-Average Hurricane Season In 2017 Securitas, June 4, 2017

  14. Community Association Board Members Can be Considered Limited Purpose Public Figures in Defamation Cases Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 2, 2017 

  15. Short-Term Rentals Not a Violation of Rules Against Business, Non-Residential Uses Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 1, 2017

May 2017

  1. Would you know if financial fraud is taking place in your community? The Community Association Law Blog, May 30, 2017

  2. Changing Governing Documents Generally Requires Homeowner Approval Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 30, 2017 

  3. Condos’ Task: Addressing Airbnb Short-Term Rentals” Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 29, 2017

  4. Ruling Illustrates Unpredictability of Fair Housing Litigation for Associations Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 26, 2017

  5. Association Pool Tips for Safe, Fun Summer Season Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 23, 2017

  6. Golf Balls and Windows in Florida HOAs Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 22, 2017 

  7. Officers are Elected or Removed by the Board of Directors in Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 17, 2017 

  8. Unit Owners Beware: The Developer May Have Stacked The Board Against You Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 11, 2017

  9. Florida Condo Board May Have Authority to Approve Changes to Common Areas Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 10, 2017 

  10. Association Board Meeting Do’s and Don’ts Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 9, 2017

  11. Automated External Defibrillator Devices (AEDs) In Florida Condominiums  Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 1, 2017 

April 2017

  1. Be prepared to answer the question "Why?" if you want to defuse conflict in your community Community Association Law Blog, April 30, 2017

  2. Community Association Boards Should Spread the Load by Relying on Committees Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 21, 2017

  3. Eligibility to Run for Condominium Board Depends on Governing Documents Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 19, 2017

  4. Can My Condominium Association Remove Palm Trees? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 18, 2017

  5. Convicted Felons Ineligible for Condo Board Service in Florida Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 13, 2017

  6. HOA Board Responsible For Meeting Minutes in Florida Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 12, 2017

  7. Residents of Florida HOA Speak Out Against Association’s Use of Drones Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 5, 2017

  8. Community Update, Volume 8, 2017 Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 5, 2017

March 2017

  1. Fining Procedures Confound Condominium & Cooperative Boards in Florida Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 30, 2017

  2. Florida HOA Board Must Follow Correct Rule Procedures Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 27, 2017

  3. Part III of the Breaking Up Series: Leaving the Past Behind You Community Association Law Blog, March 23, 2017

  4. Airbnb Gone Wild? Decision Clarifies Rules on Short-Term Condo Rentals  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, March 22, 2017

  5. Condominium Associations Should List Their Attorney as the Registered Agent Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 22, 2017

  6. Florida Association Boards Can Adopt Rules for Records Requests Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 17, 2017

  7. President Can’t Buck the Association Board in Florida HOAs Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 16, 2017

  8. Condominium Association Parking Restrictions and Enforcement Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, March 14, 2017

  9. Florida HOA Boards May Appoint an “Election Committee” Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 9, 2017

  10. Part II of the Breaking Series: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lawyer Community Association Law Blog, March 7, 2017

  11. FL Associations Beware: Governor Signs Law Today which Shortens Screening Time for Members of the Military! Community Association Law Blog, March 7, 2017

  12. Email Intelligence-does your Board possess it? Community Association Law Blog, March 7, 2017

  13. Condominium Board Cannot Wink at House Cats Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 6, 2017

February 2017

  1. Breaking up is hard to do: PART I- How to Navigate Management Company Transitions Community Association Law Blog, February 26, 2017

  2. Florida Condo Associations Cannot Waive Year-End Audits for More than Three Consecutive Years Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 24, 2017

  3. Departing Condominium Board Member Must Relinquish Keys Within Five Days Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 23, 2017

  4. Can a Candidate Withdraw From a Condominium Election and Then Change Their Mind? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 20, 2017

  5. The Home Tax Will Cost You Money. Here's How You Can Stop It Five Minutes Community Association Netword, February 17, 2017

  6. Voter Apathy Plagues Florida Community Associations Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 16, 2017

  7. Why the Florida Legislature Needs to Fix Condo Sprinkler-System Problem | Sun Sentinel Opinion Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 14, 2017

  8. Assessments and Combined Lots in Florida HOAs Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 13, 2017

  9. Florida Condominium and HOA Fining Laws are Slightly Different Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 8, 2017

  10. Attention Boards: your two favorite menaces have combined: Airbnb and Pets! Community Association Law Blog, February 6, 217.

January 2017

  1. Bank Loans Offer Worthwhile Financing Option for Many Associations Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., January 2, 2017

  2. Florida Community Associations Responding to Soaring Popularity of Drones Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., January 31, 2017

 


December 2016

  1. Will Your Community Association be Sponsored by Advertisers Someday? Community Association Law Blog, December 28, 2016.

We regret that some of our December listings were lost in a system failure.

November 2016

  1. Firm’s Attorneys Discuss Ramifications of Thwarted Condominium Termination with Reporters from Daily Business Review, The Real Deal Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, November 23, 2016

  2. Shortening the Board Member Learning Curve Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, November 22, 2016

October 2016

  1. Happy Veteran’s Day, Election Update, and New Fire Sprinkler Article—CALL Alert for November 11, 2016
    Webmaster's Note: Not all of the hyperlinks in the copy of this article here are "live," but the one to the referenced sprinkler article is.

  2. AllianceNRG Program announces 5.99% PACE financing for property repairs after Hurricane Matthew October 26, 2016

  3. Contending with Apathy Towards Board Member Service in Community Associations Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, October 24, 2016

  4. HOA Documents and The “Florida Sober Home Bill” Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 13, 2016

  5. Community Associations Suspending Use Rights for Common Elements, Amenities Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, October 11, 2016

  6. Possible recovery of storm damages that your association has incurred that are below your associations insurance deductible.
    Webmaster's Note:  This is an informational piece we received from Ranew Insurance.  As the article indicates, you may wish to discuss it further with your association's attorney.

  7. Following Hurricane Matthew, Protect Yourself from Unlicensed Contractors and Price Gouging State Attorney Phil Archer

  8. What To Do After Hurricane Matthew—CALL Alert for October 7, 2016

  9. CAN Alert Critical Information For Community Associations Relating To Hurricane October 6, 2016

  10. Are Florida HOAs Permitted to Host “Penny-Ante” Games of Chance? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 6, 2016

  11. Associations Must Send Notices Out of State if Requested Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, October 5, 2016

  12. Indemnity Provisions can leave Associations holding the bag for someone else's wrongdoing!  Community Association Law Blog, October 4, 2016 

September 2016

  1. 7 Year Rule Does Not Apply To All Condo Records Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 29, 2016

  2. Ruling Quashes Lingering Questions on Partial Payments to Condo Associations  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2016

  3. A Primer on Association Election Basics as Season is Set to Begin Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, September 27, 2016

  4. Tight Budgets Tough Choices Webinar Outline Presented by Association Reserves and Adams|Stirling, September 26, 2016

  5. Privacy Rights Should Be Guarded Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 22, 2016

  6. Important Ruling for Associations Seeking to Foreclose in Advance of Lenders Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., September 21, 2016

  7. Association Has Several Options to Enforce HOA Documents Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 15, 2016

  8. South Florida Condo Association Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Makers of Pokémon Go Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, September 9, 2016

  9. Community Update, 2016, Volume 6 Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 7, 2016

  10. Embracing Technology for the Betterment of Florida’s Residential Communities Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 6, 2016
    Webmaster's Note:  The article that the above article argues against appears in The Daily Business Review and is entitled: "Homeowner Association E-Voting? The Unlikely Future."  Viewing it requires signing up at Daily Business Review.  Click here for more information.

  11. CAN Alert: Here We Go Again. Florida's Hurricanes September 8, 2016

  12. “Action Without Meeting” Generally Permissible For Associations Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, September 1, 2016.

 

August 2016

  1. Associations Should Utilize Proper Vetting Protocols When Considering Service and Emotional Support Animal Requests Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 26, 2016

  2. Specific Procedures Must be Followed to Recall a Director in Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, August 25, 2016.

  3. The Airbnb Phenomenon and What It Means for Your Community Association Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, August 18, 2016.

  4. For Many Condo Communities, Pokemon Go Quickly Becoming Pokemon No Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 18, 2016

  5. CAN Alert: The Advantages of Electronic Voting August 18, 2016

  6. Arias Bosinger August Newsletter.
    Webmaster's Note:  Contains articles of special interest to associations, including "New Federal Law Makes It Easier for Condominium Buyers to Obtain FHA Financing."

  7. TV News Report: Hollywood Condo Association Considers Lawsuit Against ‘Pokemon Go’ Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 15, 2016

  8. Condominium Board Has Right to Choose How to Fill Vacancies Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, August 10, 2016

  9. Zika Virus and Your Community Association Community Association Law Blog, August 10, 2016

  10. Pokemon GO.... Away! Mobile game can spell headaches for private residential communities. Community Association Law Blog, August 7, 2016

  11. Who Pays for Water Damage From Leaks in Florida Condominiums? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, August 4, 2016

  12. CAN Alert: "When the Wind Blows the Cradle Will Fall" August 4, 2016

  13. Wrongful Death Suit Against Association Illustrates Perils of Negligent Security, Screening Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 2, 2016

  14. New Monitoring Services Help Associations Catch Owners Conducting Unauthorized Airbnb Rentals Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, August 1, 2016

July 2016

  1. There is a Difference Between Requests to Inspect Official Records and Certified Inquiries Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, July 28, 2016

  2. Can a New Condominium Board Change or Rescind a Policy Adopted by a Previous Board? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, July 21, 2016

  3. How to Prevent an "Act of God" from Derailing Your Community. Community Association Law Blog, July 19, 2016

  4. Can a Florida HOA Reject the Votes of a Tenant Proxy Holder? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, July 14, 2016

June 2016

  1. Florida 4TH DCA Corrects Prior Ruling and Clarifies Limited Application of Quadomain Decision - Kaye Bender Rembaum, Attorneys at Law, June 30, 2016

  2. Approvals to Alter Condominium Property Must be Made at a Properly Noticed Board Meeting Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 29, 2016

  3. Click HERE for the outline of a budgeting seminar conducted by the firm Association Reserves.  You may find it helpful in preparing your association's budget.

  4. CALL Alert for June 28, 2016--Becker & Poliakoff and CALL's 2016 Legislative and Community Association Resource Guide

  5. Hurricane Shutters and Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 23, 2016

  6. CAN Alert Times up Fire Sprinkler Deadline June 21, 2016

  7. TV News Report on Orlando HOA Neglecting to Act Against Nuisance Resident Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 17, 2016

  8. CAN Alert: Orlando: The City Beautiful

  9. New Rental Application Processing Requirement for Servicemembers— CALL Alert for June 14, 2016

  10. Ruling Creates Opening for Property Owners to Escape from Liens Daily Business Review, June 13, 2016

  11. New Law Relating to Servicemembers and Rentals Levine Law Group posted June 11, 2016

  12. Pet Issues are Highly Contentious in Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, June 8, 2016.

  13. Beware of Faulty Fire Sprinklers Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 8, 2016

  14. Florida Community Associations Should Tread Carefully in Restricting Political Signs Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, June 3, 2016

  15. CAN Alert: Hurricane Season Starts NOW! June 1, 2016

May 2016

  1. What are considered “Official Records” in Florida Condominiums and HOAs? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 31, 2016

  2. Article by Michael Chapnick in Today’s DBR: Proposed HUD Rule Would Make Associations Guardians of Civil Rights Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 27, 2016

  3. Online Voting: A Tool for Voter Inclusion and Fraud Deterrence Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 24, 2016.

  4. Could defective pipes be the cause of unexplained water leaks in your building? Community Association Law Blog, May 22, 2016.

  5. HIGH-RISE CONDOMINIUM SPRINKLER RETROFIT REQUIREMENT AND OPT-OUT PROVISIONS  Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.

  6. New Ruling Strengthens Association’s Ability to Demand Homeowners Maintain Appearance of Their Residence Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 18, 2016

  7. Are Florida Condominium Owners Required to Carry Insurance for their Units? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 16, 2016.

  8. CALL Alert for May 12, 2016 2016 Legislative and Community Association Resource Guide; 2016 Florida Community Living Survey; Petition to Reduce Fees; and Communities of Excellence (COE)-

  9. Florida HOA Boards Must Be Consistent with Architectural Guidelines Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 12, 2016.

  10. What Percentage of Vote is Needed to Recall a Board Member? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 11, 2016.

  11. What is an arbitration decision? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 11, 2016.

  12. Why you need to listen to the dissenting voices in your Community Community Association Law Blog, May 11, 2016

  13. Ruling Reminds Associations of Significant Consequences Resulting from Failure to Maintain Common Elements Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 9, 2016

  14. Can a Condominium Board Take Away Delinquent Owners’ Rights to Common Areas?  Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 6, 2016.

  15. Associations Must Make Financial Statements Available to Members  Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 2, 2016.

April 2016

  1. CAN Alert: We Want YOU for the CAN Advisory Board! April 29, 2016

  2. Are Criminal Background Checks for New Purchasers and Renters in a Community Association Discriminatory? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 15, 2016.

  3. HOA Documents Determine Who is Obligated to Replace Landscaping Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 12, 2016.

  4. Election Ballots Can Only Counted by an Impartial Committee Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 6, 2016.

  5. Ruling Reminds New Associations to Watch for Developers Waiving Reserves Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 7, 2016

  6. A Review of the High-Rise Condominium Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Requirement and Opt-Out Provisions Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, April 7, 2016

  7. Condominium Directors “At Large” Have the Right to Vote Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, April 7, 2016.

  8. Condominium Fire Sprinkler Systems: Clarity for a confusing situation  Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq., of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum attorneys-at-law (undated)

 

March 2016

  1. Amendments are Often Reconsidered by HOA and Condominium Boards Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 30, 2016.

  2. Online voting could spell the end to association election fraud in Florida! The Community Association Law Blog, March 23, 2016

  3. Florida Must Improve Policing of Condo Fraud  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, March 22, 2016

  4. Florida Homeowners’ Association Act Defers to the Association’s Bylaws Regarding Elections Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 21, 2016.

  5. HOA Reserve Accounts: What Are You Missing? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 18, 2016.

  6. Service Dog Handlers in Florida Condominium Associations Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 18, 2016.

  7. Ballots are Official Records and May be Inspected by Condominium Owners Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 17, 2016.

  8. Condominium Board Can Appoint Vacant Seat Without Regard to Previous Election Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 16, 2016.

  9. Association Rules Specifying Children Can Spell Trouble! The Community Association Law Blog, March 14, 2016

  10. Mistakes Both Presidential and Association Candidates Make When Trying to Get Your Vote! The Community Association Law Blog, March 6, 2016

  11. Reverse Mortgages and Unpaid Assessments in Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, March 1, 2016.

February 2016

  1. Can a Python Be an Emotional Support Animal? Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, February 26, 2016

  2. Can a Representative of an LLC Unit Owner Serve on the Board of a Condominium? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 23, 2016.

  3. There's a Sucker Born Every Minute-Just Make Sure Your Association Isn't One of Them The Community Association Law Blog, February 22, 2016

  4. Appellate Ruling Illustrates Importance of Proper Service of Process and Procedural Steps in Foreclosure Cases Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, February 16, 2016

  5. Part II of Guns in Community Associations Can your Board of Directors Restrict or Prohibit Firearms In and On the Common Areas? The Community Association Law Blog, February 15, 2016

  6. Recalling Board Members is a Tricky Proposition in Florida Condominiums Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 11, 2016.

  7. Grilling on the Balcony: What is Permissible in Florida Condominiums? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 10, 2016.

  8. Is Your Condo Following the Proper Reserve Protocol? Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, February 9, 2016

  9. Arbitration Ruling Illustrates Associations Cannot Impose Certain Rules, Prerequisites for Granting of Records Requests by Unit Owner  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, February 5, 2016

  10. Condominium Board Cannot be Forced to Disclose Email Addresses of Owners Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, February 4, 2016.

  11. Condo Association Bylaws May be Path to Board Takeover Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, February 3, 2016

January 2016

  1. Can Florida Condo & HOA Owners Organize Political Rallies On Community Property? Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, January 27, 2016.

  2. Can your Board of Directors Ban Guns in Your Community? Community Association Law Blog, January 24, 2016

  3. Ruling Reminds Associations to Look to Their Governing Documents in Foreclosure Cases Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2016

  4. How Is Special Assessment Excess Adjusted After Sale Of Condominium Property? January 21, 2016, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog,

  5. Florida Estoppel Bill Would Force Owners in Associations to Pay Fees for Failed Sales Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, January 18, 2016

  6. An interesting informational flyer about flood insurance from Brown & Brown Brevard Insurance.  Click HERE.

  7. Can My Condo Association Prevent Me From Renting My Unit? January 7, 2016, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog


December 2015

  1. Who Pays To Maintain Covered Parking Spaces Only Available To Some? December 24, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Is A Change In Security Considered A Material Alteration? December 23, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Are Loan To Value Requirements Legal? December 17, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. Is Your Condo Going to the Dogs? Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, December 15, 2015 

  5. Press Conference on Class-Action Lawsuit Alleging National Cover-up of Condo Fire Sprinkler System Defects Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, December 9, 2015 

  6. Can I Cut My Neighbor’s Trees? December 8, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Problem Parking in your Community Association? Community Association Law Blog, December 9, 2015

  8. CAN Alert: Ask and You Shall Receive December 4, 2015

  9. Important Considerations for Community Association Foreclosures  Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, December 1, 2015 

November 2015

  1. How Can I Withdraw My Name From Condo Election? November 19, 2015

  2. CAN Alert: Tis' The Season . . . to be Alert! November 12, 2015

  3. Can Florida Condominium Board Members Vote By Proxy? November 9, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  4. Percentage Vote To Amend Condominium Governing Documents Requires Careful Language Review November 4, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  5. Does Condominium Board Have Right To Withhold Legal Opinions From Owners? November 3, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 
    Webmaster's Note:  This article is especially interesting because of its reference to the protection of legal opinions even when there is no pending or anticipated litigation.

  6. Who Can Recover Attorneys’ Fees in Disputes Between Associations and Law Firms?   November 2, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

October 2015

  1. Run Your Association Like a Business October 29, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Plan Early for Successful Annual Meeting, Election  October 26, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  3. Clarion Call for Changes to Outdated Association Documents  October 22, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  4. Community Associations Must Comply with Florida Law Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Residences October 14, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Does Each Unit Get One Vote in a Florida HOA? October 12, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog  

  6. CAN Alert: Our Sunshine State Just Got a Little Bit Sunnier October 8, 2015

  7. Condominiums That Fail To Properly Fund Reserves Will Usually Resort to Costly Special Assessments October 7, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  8. Do Property Management Companies Need to Comply with Fair Debt Collection Practices Act? October 7, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. Is There A Limitation On The Use of Drones In Community Associations? October 1, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  10. CAN Alert: Social Media: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy? October 1, 2015

September 2015

  1. Theft, Fraud Schemes and How Community Associations Can Avoid Them September 28, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Knee-Jerk Reaction in Foreclosure Case Costs Association $35,000 September 24, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  3. CAN Alert: You Get What You Pay For. Well, Not Exactly September 24, 2015

  4. Construction Defect Defendants Using ABCs to Minimize Payments September 23, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Clearly defining nuisance activity in your governing documents can help association boards avoid future headaches September 21, 2015, from Community Association Law Blog

  6. Should You Crowd-fund Your Next Real Estate Project? September 16, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. New Embezzlement Case at S. Fla. Condo; Best Practices for Associations to Avoid Theft September 10, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  8. Will you be compelled to install fire sprinklers? CAN ALERT, September 10

  9. Should HOA Boards Update Developer’s Documents To Stay Legal? September 4, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Who Is Responsible For Lanai Screen Repairs in Florida Condominiums? September 3, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. CAN Alert: The Motto of the Boy Scouts is "Be Prepared," Were you? September 3, 2015

  12. Wave of Appellate Opinions on Association Assessments Owed by Foreclosing Lenders Create Roadmap for Practitioners  September 2, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

August 2015

  1. CAN Alert: 3,595 Days Since A Florida Hurricane August 30, 2015.
    Webmaster's Note:  An update for the alert below that has the same name.

  2. Disaster Recovery Takes Careful Planning and Execution August 28, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  3. Erika Heads Our Way — Is Your Community Prepared? — CALL Alert for August 27, 2015

  4. CAN Alert: 3,595 Days Since A Florida Hurricane August 18, 2015
    Webmaster's Note:  The August 18 date on this alert is an obvious error.  It was released August 27 and speaks to then current events.

  5. Does your community's relationship with your insurance agent qualify as a "special relationship"? August 24, 2015, from Community Association Law Blog

  6. Documents Govern Landscaping Responsibilities in Florida HOAs  August 20, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Win for One Association Actually a Loss for Florida Associations August 18, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  8. CAN Alert: You Can't Always Get what You Want, But if You Try Sometime You Find You Get What You Need August 18, 2015

  9. Reviewing and Updating Associations' Governing Documents and Bylaws August 17, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  10. Could Lower Real Property Tax Bills Result in a Healthier Financial Picture for your Association? August 12, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. Are Your Association Members Paying Too Much in Real Property Taxes?--CALL Alert for August 12, 2015

  12. Court OKs Injunction Mandating Speedy Repairs to Condo Foundation August 11, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

July 2015

  1. Drones & Privacy – Condo and HOA leaders need to know about a new law called the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act. July 31, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. What Rights do Homeowners in HOAs Have to Inspect Official Records? July 27, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. HAM Radio/Amateur Radio Legislation Being Considered in Congress--CALL Alert for July 30, 2015

  4. Florida Condo Associations, HOAs Contending with Growing Wave of Rule Violating Airbnb Rentals July 28, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Directors Can Choose Certification Alternatives in Florida HOAs July 23, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  6. CALL ALERT: Public Workshops Being Held for Proposed Division Rules for Electronic Voting July 22, 2015

  7. CAN Alert: Crayons Anyone? July 21, 2015

  8. Will Florida's new online election law for community associations spell welcome relief or more headaches? July 20,2015, Community Association Law Blog

  9. U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Preserving Second Mortgages in Chap. 7 Bankruptcies Exposes Flaw in Bankruptcy Code for Community Associations July 20, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  10. Three-Year Jail Term Begins for Former Condo Manager Convicted of Stealing Over $200,000 from Association July 17, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Update on New Energy Efficiency Standards for Windows, Insulation and Doors - CALL Alert for July 17, 2015

  12. CAN Alert: SCCA/CAN Town Hall 7/10/15  From CAN, July 16, 2016

  13. Time's Up for Condo Owners Attacking Developer's Amendment, July 15, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  14. U.S. Department of Justice publishes “Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA”. July 14, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  15. Firm's Gary Mars Featured in Report on New Service Animal Law in Daily Business Review July 13, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  16. Florida Supreme Court Opinion on what actions by CAMs would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
    Note:  We will also post this on our Links page for future reference.

  17. CAN Alert: The [Florida] Supreme Court Rules Again! July 11, 2015

  18. U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Housing Law Could Have Wide-Ranging Impact on Community Associations July 7, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  19. CAN Alert: The Future of Community Associations July 3, 2015

  20. Tenants' Rights in Condominium Communities July 2, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  21. New Laws Will Impact All Associations in Florida July 2, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

June 2015

  1. New law puts phony service dog owners on notice June 27, 2015, News-Press.com
    Note:  This is a commercial site and you may need to close some ad popups to read the article.

  2. Fair Housing Law: U.S. Supreme Court upholds disparate impact claims June 25, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. New Law Allows Electronic Voting by Community Associations June 24, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  4. Ceiling Removal: Condo Renovation or Material Alteration? June 23, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Has your Community ever assigned your post-loss claim or insurance policy benefits to a contractor? Two recent Court rulings uphold your right to do so. June 23, 2015, The Community Association Law Blog

  6. CALL Alert:  New Energy Efficiency Standards For Windows, Insulation And Doors Can Impact Your Building's Future Appearance, June 19, 2015

  7. How Does Board Certification Work With Re-Elected Condominium Association Board Members?  June 18, 2015

  8. CAN Alert: Renters Coming to a Home Near Yours! June 16, 2015

  9. Firm's Jeffrey Berlowitz Discusses Implications of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Lien Stripping in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in Article in Today's Daily Business Review June 16, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  10. Can Condominium Associations Enter Foreclosed Units? June 9, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. Court Rules on Buyer's Liability for Old Assessments June 9, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  12. 12 Angry Men-Classic Movie or Average Association Master Board Meeting? June 8, 2015, The Community Association Law Blog

  13. Are Informal Workshops Subject to Sunshine Laws in Florida? June 4, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  14. Florida Supreme Court Adds Clarity to Activities That Constitute the Unlicensed Practice of Law by Community Association Managers June 2, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

May 2015

  1. Barking Up the Wrong Tree May 27, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Miami Herald Guest Column by Firm's Susan Odess: Florida Supreme Court Ruling Exempting Citizens from Bad-Faith Suits Requires Legislative Attention May 26, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  3. Florida shared ownership statutes continue to catch up with Digital Age May 25, 2015, The Community Association Law Blog

  4. An Overview on Condominium and HOA Reserve Funds, Links to Key Informational Resources May 21, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Can a Florida HOA Fining Committee Be Anonymous? May 18, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  6. Mark O’Brien: If you think Congress is tough, try serving on a condo board

  7. Does A Rescheduled Meeting Affect The Proxies Already Submitted? May 12, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Five Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Serving on Your Association's Board May 10, 2015, Community Association Law Blog.

  9. SCCA Featured in Florida Community Association Journal
    Click HERE and turn to page 38.

  10. Once Again, HOA Oversight Bill Fails to Gain Support by Florida Lawmakers May 7, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Does Allowing Neighboring Community To Use Storage Area Have Tax Implications? May 5, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  12. Can a Realtor Request a Copy of the Association HOA Budget? May 5, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

April 2015

  1. Is it time for Local and State Governments to do some of the heavy lifting for community associations when it comes to secondhand smoke? April 30, 2015, from Community Association Law Blog

  2. Do Tenants Have A Legal Right To Attend Condominium Association Board Meetings? April 28, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Can Association Boards Control Pets On Private Property? April 27, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA

  4. Is Gambling Legal In A Community Association? April 20, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Board “Certification” Required By Florida Law  April 15, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  6. A Review of Some Best Practices for Association Annual Meetings, Elections April 13, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  7. Document Amendments Can Shift Maintenance Responsibility in Community Associations April 9, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. HOAs, Condo Associations Must Implement Safeguards to Prevent Election Fraud April 8, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. How important is it to have a title on your Association's Board of Directors? April 5, 2015, from The Community Association Law Blog

  10. Robert’s Rules of Order Are Not “The Law” For Association Meetings  April 1, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

March 2015

  1. Miami Herald Business Monday Guest Column by Jeffrey Berlowitz: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization is Viable Option for Condo Associations, HOAs March 31, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. What is your community's most outlandish emotional support animal request? March 29, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  3. Does The ADA Apply To Condominiums in Florida? March 24, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. Can Corporate Owners Serve On Condominium Board? March 23, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Why do some association boards decide to "go it alone" March 22, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  6. Think twice before installing security cameras in condominiums March 22, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Who Replaces Floor Tile After Condo Association Pipe Repair Project? March 19, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Guest Column by Lisa Lerner in Daily Business Review: Creative Solutions for Community Associations  March 19, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. #HOAs and HAM Radios: Will proposed Federal Legislation harm community associations? March 18, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Town Hall Meetings Can Trigger Sunshine Law March 13, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. 40 Year Recertification / Some Additional Thoughts March 10, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  12. Can a 55 and Over Community Permit Underage Occupants? March 9, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  13. Notes from My Course Titled "The Association Attorney's Role in Disaster Recovery" at the 36th Annual Community Associations Institute Law Seminar March 3, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

February 2015

  1. When Must an HOA Board Provide Reserve Schedules to Residents? February 23, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Condo Association Board Can’t Change Amendment Provision February 19, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Dispute Over Condo Association's Financial Documents, Elections and Alleged Board Member Malfeasance Makes the Nightly News February 13, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  4. Security Lights Keep Resident Awake At Night February 11, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Appellate Court Decision: Unit Owner Loses Right to Redeem Property Back After Association's Foreclosure February 9, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. HOA Interfund Reserve Transfers Usually Board Prerogative February 5, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Email Intelligence-does your Board possess it?  February 4, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  8. HOA Management Contracts Should Spell Out Extra Fees In Detail February 2, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

January 2015

  1. Condominium Tenants Granted Same Rights In Using Common Property January 28, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. HOAs Can Purchase Property At Foreclosure Sales January 27, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Can Condominium Association Employees Attend Closed Board Meetings? January 26, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. Association Board Member Education January 26, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  5. Should you stay or should you go? Directors- think twice before tendering that resignation!  January 25, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  6. Changes to Construction Defect Claims Process Being Considered by Florida Legislature Create Concerns for Associations, Property Owners January 22, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  7. Drafter’s Intent Regarding Parking Spaces Needs To Be Understood In Condo Governing Documents January 21, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Elections 101 January 19, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. Law Does Not Regulate Acceptance of Certified Letters by Condo Board Members January 14, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. “Employee Perks” Can Invoke Rental Rules January 13, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. Appellate Opinion Reverses Foreclosure Court Decision Granting Association First-Priority Lien Rights Over Lender January 12, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  12. Trust but Verify-does your Board do its "Due Diligence" when selecting Professional Advisers and Vendors? January 11, 2015, Community Association Law Blog

  13. Mystery Leak in Condominium: Who Pays For Call To Plumber?  January 7, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  14. Drone Activity in Communities Can Be Regulated  January 6, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  15. New vs. Almost-New  January 5, 2015, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  16. Governing Documents Determine How Parking Spaces Are Defined  January 5, 2015, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

 

December 2014

  1. Regulating Vicious Breeds Of Pets Not Uncommon in HOAs December 30, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Defining a Nuisance in your Community December 28, 2014, Community Association Law Blog

  3. Association’s Pooled Reserves Require Attention To Detail December 24, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. Community Update 2014, Volume 11 December 23, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Firm Prevails in Appellate Ruling: Bank's Foreclosure Delays Exceeded Statute of Limitations, $1.4 Million Penthouse Goes to Miami Beach Condo Association  December 19, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. Cancelling Bulk Cable Contract in HOAs and Condominiums Could Be Tricky  December 18, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Tax Deed Purchaser Not Responsible For Delinquent HOA Fees  December 17, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Firm's Michael Hyman Quoted in Daily Business Review Article on Appellate Ruling on Lenders' "Safe Harbor" Liability Limits  December 17, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog
    Webmaster's Note:  This entry is related to Florida HOA Lawyer Blog's December 15th article in the link list below.

  9. Filling Out Lender And Title Agency Questionnaires-Should Your Community Association Take The Extra Step?  December 16, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. New Appellate Ruling Limits Lenders' Liability for Assessments December 15, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Filling out lender and title agency questionnaires-should your community association take the extra step?  December 14, 2014, Community Association Law Blog

  12. Voluntary HOA’s in Florida Granted Certain Powers By Statute December 10, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  13. Don't Get Scrooged By Your Neighbors During the Holidays  December 8, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  14. Adjournment of Condo Board Meetings is Not Always Simple December 5, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  15. Handicap Parking Space Requirements Subject to a Variety of Laws December 4, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  16. Changing HOA Assessment Allocations is Usually Impossible December 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  17. Condominium Balcony Enclosures Require Attention to the Details December 2, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

November 2014

  1. Know Your Association's Rules before Hanging the Mistletoe November 24, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. CAN Alert: No Man is an Island, Expanding Our Partnerships Statewide!  November 24, 2014

  3. When tragedy strikes in a community association November 23, 2014, Community Association Law Blog

  4. Garage Sale or Thrift Shop in Disguise? How Should an HOA Respond?  November 20, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Voluntary and Mandatory HOAs Differ In Many Ways  November 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  6. Multiculturalism and your Community Association  November 17, 2014, Community Association Law Blog

  7. I want to be a Director on my Condominium or HOA Board. Am I Eligible? November 13, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Eyes in the Sky November 13, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. Construction Lien Law Can Result In Condominium Associations Paying Twice For the Same Work  November 12, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Multiple Units/Common Title Holder — How to Collect Delinquent Fees November 11, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. Another HOA Board Meeting Brawl Caught on Video Makes the Nightly News  November 7, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  12. Individual Condo Unit Owners Should be Wary of Replacing Common Area Property November 4, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  13. Accepting Partial Condominium Maintenance Fee Payments Can Compromise Rights November 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

October 2014

  1. Opening Condominium Board Meeting With A Prayer Raises Legal Question October 31, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Condominium Unit Owners Can Petition The Board To Have Management Changed October 29, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. ADA Tester Lawsuits and Sprinkler Opt Out Votes  October 29, 2014, CALL Alert

  4. Can a Board Member’s Spouse Legally Serve as an Employee of the Condo Association? October 27, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Preparing for the Snowbird - the Unofficial State Bird of Florida October 27, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. Can Your Association Save Time and Money by Using Email Notice? October 24, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Amendments To HOA Governing Documents Can Be Complete Restatement October 14, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Limits On Owning Multiple Units in an HOA Becoming More Common October 13, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  9. What Access Should A Board Member Have To Official Records?  October 9, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Controlling Your Insurance Claim – Community Associations Beware Something for Nothing  October 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

September 2014

  1. Recent Arbitration Decision Offers Stern Warning to Associations Making Certain Alterations Without a Membership Vote September 25, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Key Security For Condominiums Should Not be Compromised by Using a Lockbox September 25, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Pooling Condominium Reserves Offers Greater Flexibility September 24, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. New Law On Condo Board E-mails Leaves Important Questions Unanswered September 17, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Video of Fight at South Florida Condo Board Meeting Makes Nightly News September 16, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. New Case of Theft, Fraud by a South Florida Homeowners Association President September 15, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  7. Condo Terminations Criticized September 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Condo and Co-op Budgeting Basics  September 4, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  9. Right of Access to Personnel Evaluations, Background Screenings for Community Association Directors, Members  September 2, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  10. Special Assessment Issues in Condominium Associations May Require Legal Counsel  September 2, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

August 2014

  1. Appellate Ruling Creates New Wrinkle Over Acceptance of Partial Payments That Are Endorsed as Full Payments  August 29, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Condominium, HOA, and Cooperative Association App Launches on iPhone and Android Devices August 28, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. HOA Documents Determine Whether Rules and Regulations Must Be Recorded August 21, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. A Tribute to Gary A. Poliakoff, Condominium Law Pioneer August 14, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Golf Cart Parking on Condominium Property Governed By Association Documents August 12, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  6. Obituary for Gary A. Poliakoff.  Click HERE.

  7. Condo or HOA breed restrictions don’t apply in fair housing accommodation requests August 10, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. SCCA was sad to learn of the passing of a long-time friend to our organization and its members, Gary A. Poliakoff.  Click HERE for additional information.

  9. Recalling a New Condo Board Member is Not Easy  August 5, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Former Homeowners Strike Windfall from Foreclosure Surplus  August 5, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Squatters? Condo leaders have options to rid the community of squatters.  August 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

July 2014

  1. Florida Statute Changes Affect Condo Board’s Use Of Emails July 30, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Court Ruling Finds Fannie Mae Does Not Qualify for Safe Harbor Protection from Liability for All Unpaid Assessments in Foreclosure Cases July 30, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog
    Webmaster's Note: An interesting case, but its impact is limited.  Note the very important qualifications in the next to last paragraph of this article.

  3. Community Update 2014, Volume 6  July 29, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. HOAs Must Provide a Copy of Any Amendment to the Association’s Governing Documents July 28, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  5. Should your condo or HOA have an Automatic External Defibrillator? July 24, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  6. Condo Associations' Rights to Enter, Maintain and Rent Abandoned Units Expanded by New Florida Law July 22, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  7. SB 356 Not Designed to Change Rental Regulations in Community Associations July 21, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  8. Before the Bottom Drops Out – Investigate Sinkhole Activity While There’s Still Help Available July 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  9. Not Your Ordinary Hurricane Guidebook! July 13, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  10. Condominium Associations Have no Right to “Give Out” Unit Owners’ Private Information  July 11, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  11. Community Update 2014, Volume 5  July 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  12. Pet Pig Dispute in Lake Worth Association Makes the Nightly News  July 7, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  13. Condo Boards’ Access to Unit Limited by Court Decisions  July 1, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

June 2014

  1. What exactly does grandfathering mean in your community? June 30, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  2. Condo Directors Need Thick Skin June 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  3. Condo & HOA Bill HB 807 Covers Records, Video Meetings, Email June 17, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  4. Construction Cranes are going up but would you buy a new condo? June 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  5. Community Association Bills Approved by Governor Scott; CALL’s Legislative Town Halls—CALL Alert for June 13, 2014
    Webmaster's Note:  Here is a link to the text of the bill signed by the governor.

  6. BP Oil is still paying on claims. Could your association or individual community members be eligible? June 9, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  7. Service Dog Dispute Costs South Florida Condo Association $300,000 June 5, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  8. Money Judgment An Alternative To Foreclosure In HOA June 2, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

  9. Some guidance for new board members  June 1, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog 

May 2014

  1. Preserving HOA Covenants and Restrictions Under the Florida Marketable Record Titles Act May 28, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Lifesaving Gear Is Often Purchased Despite Risks May 28, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  3. Condo Statute Does Not Place Cap on Budget Increases May 28, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  4. Should your community seek FHA Certification? May 25, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  5. Condo & HOA Board Meetings and Videoconferencing May 22, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

    Webmaster's Note--Important:  While this message bears a date of May 22, its content shows that it was written well before that and some of the information in it is out of date.  The main 2014 common interest ownership housing bill, HB 807, was passed by both houses of the Florida Legislature before the Legislature adjourned on May 2nd.  Click HERE for a copy of HB 807. 

    Note that as of the date this Webmaster's Note was written (May 23rd) this bill has not yet cleared the Governor's office, a necessary step before it becomes law.  SCCA anticipates that the Governor will sign the bill, but verify that before relying on its content.  Also note that, if finally approved, the bill does not take effect until July 1, 2014. 

    SCCA will post final summaries of the 2014 legislation affecting our association members on our "Legislation" page as they become available.

  6. Does your community file the proper tax return? May 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  7. Should “Fining Committee” Meetings be open to Unit Owners? May 13, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  8. Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Some Legal Work Performed by Community Association Managers May 12, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. Moms' Best Advice for Community Associations May 11, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  10. Community Update 2014, Volume 4 May 8, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  11. Can Condo Board Certification Classes be “Closed Meetings”? May 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  12. ‘Procedural’ and ‘Substantive’ Changes In the Law Not Always Easily Understood  May 6, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

  13. Appellate Court Decision Reaffirms That Community Association Liens Are Wiped Away by Tax Deed Sales  May 2, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

April 2014

  1. Arrests continue against condo/HOA leaders for fraud or theft  April 29, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  2. Community Association Boards Need to Know and Understand the Exclusions and Requirements in their Association Insurance Policies  April 28, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  3. Does your community association have its own brand? Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., April 27, 2014

  4. HOAs Should Revise Budget on a Yearly Basis April 25, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  5. New Video on Associations Collecting Directly From Tenants of Unit Owners April 25, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. HOAs and Condo Associations Might Consider Workers’ Compensation Policy April 21, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  7. How well informed are you on Directors & Officers Coverage? Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., April 20, 2014

  8. Dish Owners in HOAs Still Have To Pay For Cable If Part Of Common Assessments April 18, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  9. Condo Board Should Cease Politicking Once Owner Has Voted April 17, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  10. Condo Board Meetings Cannot Be Adjourned Past 90 Day Timeframe  April 16, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  11. Director Can Serve on More Than One Condo Association Board  April 16, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  12. Board Can ‘Cool Down’ An Owner Suggestion For An Improvement To Association Property By Saying No  April 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  13. Consumption of Alcohol at Events Can Pose Risks for Associations  April 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  14. Bylaws Can Authorize Pay For Condo’s Officers April 14, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  15. Is anyone performing background checks on directors? Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., April 13, 2014

  16. Attempting To Change Assessments In A Condominium Can Be An Almost Impossible Task April 11, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  17. Community Update 2014, Volume 3 April 9, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  18. Association Board Members Should Keep Meeting Minutes April 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  19. An owner's right to privacy vs. Association's need to perform preventative services Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., April 5, 2014

  20. Volunteers Can Cause Involuntary Liability For Condos and HOAs April 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  21. Condo’s Board of Directors May Remove Officers April 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  22. Condo Association Can Revoke License to Park April 2, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  23. Approval of Condominium & HOA Leases or Sales Should Be Authorized In The Declaration  April 1, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

March 2014

  1. Enforcing Rules by Imposing Fines March 31, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Credit Cards, Home Fees Don’t Mix March 31, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  3. My emotional support animal is bigger than yours! Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., March 30, 2014

  4. Five Things Your Board of Directors and Neighbors Won't Tell You. Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., March 23, 2014

  5. Condominium Board Minutes Are Not Required By Statute To Be Posted March 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  6. Voting Threshold To Amend Condominium Documents Can Be Lowered March 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  7. Seasonal Residents Cannot Partially Pay For Common Expenses In Condominiums March 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  8. Florida Legislature Considering Bill to Shop Condominium Policies From Citizens Property Insurance to New Private Companies March 17, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  9. Are golf course communities becoming a thing of the past? Condolaw By Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., March 16, 2014

  10. A Legal Homecoming March 9, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  11. Appellate Court Once Again Restricts Condo Association's Collections After Association Takes Ownership of Foreclosure Unit March 7, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  12. Legislative Session Update: Week 1 — CALL Alert for March 7, 2014

  13. Condo Unit Owners Need To Be Mindful When Alterations Encroach On Common Elements March 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  14. Annual Meeting Notice Packages Do Not Require Postage Pre-Paid Envelopes March 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  15. Can Unit Owners See Association Employee Wages? March 6, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  16. HOA Documents Need To Determine Deadline For Acceptance Of Board Candidates March 5, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  17. All Assessments Due Association If A Third Party Purchases A Unit At A Foreclosure Sale March 3, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

February 2014

  1. "A Man Cannot Serve Two Masters"-Directors and Breach of Fiduciary Duty  February 27, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog 

  2. Florida Condo & HOA Law Places No Limit On Consecutive Board Terms February 26, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  3. Are Owner Email Addresses, Telephone and Fax Numbers Exempt from Disclosure Requirements to Unit Owners? February 25, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  4. In Condominium Associations, Changing Fundamental Rights Usually Requires Unanimous Approval February 25, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  5. Recent Rulings Provide Some Relief for Associations Contending with Bankruptcies by Unit Owners February 20, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  6. Rental Caps In Condominiums Are Hard To Enforce February 20, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  7. Understanding The Latest Laws On Condominium Directories Can Be Complicated February 19, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  8. Don’t Lose Money Because of Sloppy Bookkeeping February 18, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  9. Community Update 2014, Volume 1 February 17, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  10. Lenders Win Another Decision Barring Community Associations from Collecting Interest, Costs and Fees in Addition to Assessments February 17, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Pro Se Appellant Wins Big Against Bank February 16, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog 

  12. Firm Obtains Court Order Discharging Mortgage from Penthouse Unit Owned by Association  February 13, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  13. Change in Association Common Elements Doesn’t Change Deed February 10, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  14. Are developers starting to build consistently with community association trends? February 9, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog 

  15. Association Documents Determine If Spouse Can Run For The Board  February 5, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  16. When your home is also your office: dealing with single family use restrictions  February 2, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog 

January 2014

  1. Progressive Condo Associations Working to Accommodate Electric Cars  January 31, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  2. Recalled HOA Board Member Can Run For Reelection January 31, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  3. Are Videos Taken At The Entrance Gate Of Condos And HOAs Considered Official Records? January 29, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  4. Parking Regulations Are To Be Respected, Even By Association Directors January 28, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  5. Some Condos Limit Construction to Offseason January 24, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog

  6. Board Member’s Son Not Precluded From Acting As Association Legal Counsel  January 23, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Condos & HOAs can save money by conserving water January 21, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8.  Foreclosure Cases Leave Associations In Limbo January 21, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Community-Wide Smoking Bans Are Sparking Up Debate at Condo Associations and HOAs January 20, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  10. Common Elements Require Common Sense January 19, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  11. What do you really learn from tenant, buyer or employee screening? January 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12.  Florida Mobile Home Park Board Members Who Meet Chapter 720 Requirements Need Certification January 15, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Florida Community Association Asks Members To Waive Financial Report January 14, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. HOA Reserves Generally Within Board’s Discretion January 13, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Squatters rent out foreclosed properties-today's realities January 12, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  16. Committee Week Update: Seminoles, Vacation Rentals, and Flood Insurance–CALL Alert for January 10, 2014

  17.  Self-insuring Condominium Property is Complex and Costly January 10, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. New Board Members May Need To Practice Patience January 9, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Condominium Documents Control Landscape Responsibility January 8, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. Meeting Requirements are Different for Condominiums and HOAs January 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  21. All Agenda Items Need To Be Posted According To Statute January 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  22. Condo cannot collect safe harbor from mortgagee after foreclosure January 7, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  23. Does your board define the problem before passing rules? January 5, 2014, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  24. Can a Manufacturer of Material Also Be a Supplier, Thus Triggering Condominium Warranties Pursuant to Section 718.203?  January 3, 2014, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  25. Leaky Pipe In Air Conditioning Unit May Or May Not Be A Common Element In All Association Documents  January 2, 2014, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

December 2013

  1. Do you know an association manager worthy of the Manager of the Year award? December 29, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Management Company Contract Extension In Dispute December 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Is Secondhand Smoke Impacting your Community? Take CAN's Up In Smoke Survey. December 22, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  4. Condo Owner Awarded $890,000 in Lawsuit Against Association December 22, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Power Of Attorney Not Equal To Record Ownership When Running For The Board December 19, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. “Dunning Lists” Should Not Be Published By Associations For Late Assessments  December 18, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. When Is Former Association Board Member Required To Return Documents? December 17, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Directors Do Your Duty!  December 15, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  9. New Law Probably Not Retroactive Developer Right to Appoint HOA Board December 9, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Homeowner Alterations December 9, 2013, from Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Condos Still Have Options When No One Wants To Serve On The Board December 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Assessment Late Fee Proposed December 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Board Members Have Two Choices In Being Considered An Approved Director By The State  December 5, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Renters Should Be Allowed To Do Board Service In A Civic Association December 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Pool Heater Installation Material Alteration For Condos, Different For HOAs December 3, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Has your community ever encountered a non-compete clause? December 1, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

 

November 2013

  1. Pool Smoking Ban in Florida HOAs Considered November 26, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Few Restrictions On An HOA Board’s Makeup November 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Tax Deed Sale Wipes Out All Liens, Encumbrances November 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Court rebukes delinquent landlord who attempts to evict tenants paying rent to condominium association. November 24, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  5. Your Association is Contemplating Litigation: Are You Ready for Battle? Part II – Retention of Evidence November 22, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog
    Webmaster's note:  This is a 2-part article.  Part 1 was actually issued on November 14 (not October 4 as indicated in part 2) and may be found it its chronological order below.

  6. Nobody Wants To Be On Board of a Condominium Association  November 21, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Citizens Sinkhole Underwriting Changes to Boost Real Estate Market

  8. Community Update 2013, Volume 9  November 19, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Condominium Renters Able To Leave Early November 18, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. To Sue or Not to Sue (Part I) November 14, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog

  11. Do I Really Have To Turn Over A Copy Of The Key To My Castle? November 12, 2013, from Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  12. Should your community be thinking about the BP Oil Spill? November 12, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  13. Do you know what Air Bed & Breakfast is and how it might impact your community? November 10, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  14. Two Weeks Left to Register Your HOA with DBPR; November Committee Week Update—CALL Alert for November 8, 2013

  15. Membership Directories and What Must be Excluded November 7, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog

  16. Association Board Should Not Risk Funds November 7, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Board President Alone Does Not Have Authority To Remove A Board Member November 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Installing Tile Causes Noise Problems November 5, 2013,from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

October 2013

  1. Community Associations: Use of a Power of Attorney October 31, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog

  2. Congressional Deal to Delay Flood Insurance Increases CALL Alert for October 29, 2013

  3. Taped HOA Board Meetings Should Be Disclosed October 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. HOA Security Deposit Should Return To Tenant October 24, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Top 10 Questions Regarding Condominium Construction Defects October 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Have you ever been the victim of a crime in your community association?  October 14, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  7. October Committee Week Update — CALL Alert for October 14, 2013  October 14, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Garage Use Rights Can Be Separated From Unit Ownership If Permitted By Declaration  October 14, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Shocking revelation that many developers retain mineral, oil and other underground rights  October 10, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  10. HOAs: To Reserve or Not to Reserve? Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

  11. Community Update 2013, Volume 8 October 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Condo Board “Rule-making Authority” Needs To Be Established To Create New Rules October 7, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Do you attend community association trade shows? October 6, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  14. New Board Member Certification Requirements for Homeowners Associations October 4, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog

  15. Information about the flood insurance premium impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 on Brevard County.  Last year Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.  Among other things, the Act requires NFIP (the National Flood Insurance Program) to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders. Click HERE for more information about the Act.

    Barry Renew, associated with SCCA Business Associate Members Flood Insurance Agency and Renew Insurance Agency, Inc., has provided the following information about the impact on Brevard County: 

    "[T]here are only 607 subsidized policies in Brevard County (less than 1% of the total). While each person affected pays a much higher price, there are very few being affected in Brevard County as compared to the remainder of the state.  98% of those being affected in Brevard County are individual homes and not Condominium buildings. So while the impact will be felt by 607 families in Brevard County and I know the impact is not pleasant…it will have minimal, if any, impact on our condominium associations. Some condominium associations will begin to feel an impact in a couple years and it will be a “phased in” impact over 4 or 5 years instead of the immediate impact some are now having."

    Post Script:  Click HERE to view an October 5th Florida Today article on this subject.

  16. Master Association ‘Council’ Meeting May Not Violate Florida’s Sunshine Laws October 2, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Recalling a Director Has New Procedures Under the New Law October 1, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

September 2013

  1. And the Academy Award goes to.....your community association? September 29, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Mandatory Registration for HOA's and Community Association Managers  September 27, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog

  3. Registration Website for HOA and Community Association Managers Now “Live”—CALL Alert for September 27, 2013  September 27, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. In Florida Homeowners’ Associations, What is the Election Procedure? September 26, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Data Flyer

  6. Florida courts’ application of the “new” economic loss rule since Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan, Cos., Inc. September 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Broward Condos & HOAs subject to new screening regulations  September 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Condominium Association Could Pay Price for Failing to Comply with Division's Discovery Demands September 22, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  9. New Florida Law Likely Doesn’t Affect Condos With Assessment Collections September 17, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Hanging on: directors who fail to turn over association records and property September 15, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  11. Do You Really Need to Install A Fire Sprinkler System In Your Condominium Building?  September 12, 2013, from the Florida HOA Lawyer Blog.

  12. Community Update 2013, Volume 7 September 12, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 
    Webmaster's Note:  There are some very useful links in this issue, including links to separate 2013 legislative guides for condominiums, cooperatives, and HOAs and to another article about the perennial question "The Condo Conundrum…Water Leaks in Condos…. Who Fixes….Who Pays?"

  13. Training Rule Raises Questions for Florida HOAs September 11, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. New Law Regarding Telephone Directories Still A Confusing Issue  September 9, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Recent Changes to Florida Statutes Affect Existing HOAs September 3, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

August 2013

  1. Should associations articulate the reason for denying a proposed renter or purchaser? August 30, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Could academic principles transform private residential communities? August 25, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  3. New Laws Bring Many Changes to Florida Cooperatives  August 19, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Webmaster's Note:  A continuation of the review of new 2013 legislation, with an emphasis on co-ops in this edition.
     

  4. Bank awarded fees after condominium association pushes too far! August 18, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  5. Citizens Rate Increases to be Considered–CALL Alert for August 15, 2013 August 15, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Statutes Affect Records Review in Condos and HOAs  August 15, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Webmaster's Note:  A continuation of the review of new 2013 legislation, with an emphasis on co-ops in this edition.  (The title is erroneous.).
      

  7. Community associations and property insurance: many questions, many concerns. August 12, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  8. Community Associations Affected by the 2013 Legislative Session (continued) August 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Where does your condominium, cooperative or HOA board hold its meetings?  August 4, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  10. Think before you hit send:  Directors, Managers and Emails.  August 2, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

July 2013

  1. Think before you hit send:  Directors, Managers and Emails. July 28, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. New Laws Affect HOAs in Florida (continued)  July 26, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Fifth District Court of Appeal Finds “Collapse” Definition In Insurance Policy Ambiguous July26, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  4. New HOA Laws Effective July 1  July 24, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Review of New Florida Condo Laws Continues July 22, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. What is keeping people from serving on their community association boards? July 21, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  7. Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Not So Fast Absentee Owners! July18, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  8. What will Trayvon Martin's legacy be for community associations? July 14, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  9. A Victory for Homeowners: Implied Warranties Apply to Improvements that Provide Essential Services to a Homeowners’ Association July11, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  10. Community Update 2013, Volume 6 July 11, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Condo Associations Not Required To Keep Bulk Cable Service July 11, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Who will your Board of Directors choose to testify? July 9, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Review of New Florida Laws Begins July 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Take Caution With Copyrights July 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Do you know the Top 10 Costliest U.S. Natural Disasters from 1980-2010? July 8, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  16. Hedge Funds are Buying Thousands of Single Family Homes – Here are Some Possible Issues for Associations July7, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  17. What lengths would you go to in order to stop speeding in your community?  July 7, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

 

June 2013

  1. Three things every community association board of directors should never underestimate.  June 30, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Confusion and Conflicts in Community Association Governing Documents June 28, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  1. CALL 2013 Legislative Guides Now Available Online — CALL Alert for June 27, 2013
    Webmaster's Note:  There are three separate Legislative Guides—one for condominium associations, one for cooperative associations, and one for homeowners’ associations.

  2. Owner Has the Right to Tape All Aspects of a Board Meeting  June 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. HBs 73, 7119 Main Bills That Affect Associations June 24, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Webmaster's Note:  The only important thing here is the "Update" addition at the bottom of the blog entry.  The more important information is to come later.

  4. Who Has The Right To Occupy Unit? June 24, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Annual Check-up for Community Associations June 23, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  6. Poolside Security Cameras – Are They Right for Your Community? June 21, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  7. Compensation for Directors Should Be Provided in the Governing Documents June 17, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Community Association Bills (HB 73 and HB 7119) Signed by Governor-CALL Alert for June 14, 2013.

    Webmaster's Note:   Here are links to the full text of each bill from the Florida House's website.  HB 73    HB 7119

  9. Land Trusts – What Are They and Why Should a Community Association Care? June 14, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  10. U.S. House Approves One-Year Delay in NFIP Rate Increases, Best's News Service - June 11, 2013
    Webmaster's Note:  Some good news.  However note that this legislation will also have to be approved by the Senate and be signed by the President before it becomes law.  Stay tuned.

  11. New Foreclosure Law Benefits Condos & HOAs  June 10, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Sorry, Your Insurance Policy Doesn’t Cover That. June 7, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  13. Mortgage Foreclosure Bill Approved by Governor Scott — Call Alert For June 3, 2013
    Webmaster's Note:  The date in the title of this alert is an error.  The bill was approved by the Governor on June 7.

  14. Community Update 2013, Volume 5  June 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Condo Association Has Right To Request That Tenant Pay It Directly June 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Ellen Hirsch de Haan speaks at CAI in San Diego, CA  June 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Do you have directors who are missing in action?  June 3, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

 

May 2013

  1. Implementing a Golf Cart Policy in Your Community May 30, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  2. Memo Clarifies ADA Pet Rule May 28, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. UPDATE ON WEBINAR AND UPDATE ON CONDO AND HOA AND MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE BILLS May 28, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. What are the real reasons for certain association rules? May 26, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  5. Battling a Motion to Strip or Motion to Value When a Delinquent Owner Files for Bankruptcy  May 24, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  6. HOA Can Pass on Late Fees To A Member and Lien for Nonpayment of Assessments May 17, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Contract Terms – What Should be in a Contract  May 17, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  8. Association restrictions a welcome relief from ineffective city ordinances? May 14, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  9. Ex-President Refuses to Return Keys May 14, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. What individual owner behaviors pose a safety and security risk for your community? May 12, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  11. Live Webinar on May 16, 2013 — The 2013 Florida Legislative Session: Analysis of the Impacts on Community Associations May 11, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Leases – Can a Condominium Association Limit or Prohibit Rentals? May 10, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  13. HUD issues memo to housing providers regarding service animals and assistance animals for disabled persons May 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. It’s Okay To Ask Buyer to Refund Partial Reserves in Condominium Sales May 7, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Tenants Don’t Have Same Rights As Owners May 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Speedier Bank Foreclosures in Florida thanks to recent legislation!  May 5, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  17. Condominium Board May Be Able to Assign Parking May 2, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Is A Director Required To Be An Owner? May 1, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Owner E-mail List Should Not Be Used For Political Purposes May 1, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

April 2013

  1. My time on my HOA Board  April 28, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Homeowners’ Associations May Need Assignment of Developer Rights  April 26, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  3. Non-Resident Investors Snap Up Condominium Units April 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Owner sues HOA Board for failing to preserve restrictive covenants April 21, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  5. HOA’s and Condos: Beware of the Automatically Renewing Contract April 19, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  6. Proposed opinion defining actions considered UPL for CAMs leaves unanswered questions April 19, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Board Can Enforce Rules Regarding Maintenance April 15, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Seller Responsible For Disclosing Information To Purchaser April 15, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. The Tax Man Cometh for Associations Too! April 14, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  10. Reverse Mortgages and the Collection of Unpaid Assessments April 12, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  11. Community Association Turnover from Developer Control: smooth sailing or rough seas? April 12, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  12. Question About E-mail Voting In Florida Difficult To Answer April 12, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Jury finds Condo Association and Management Company 90% liable for child's death April 10, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  14. Board Cannot Amend Declaration Without Owner Approval In Most Cases  April 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Election Trying The Patience Of Owners  April 8, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Should boards reveal the names of delinquent owners?  April 7, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  17. Property Managers not immune from claims by owners. April 6, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Florida Supreme Court Limits Economic Loss Rule  April 3, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  19. Should HOAs be required to register with the State of Florida?  April 3, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. The Condominium Board Elects The President, Not The Unit Owners  April 3, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  21. Condo & HOA Common Expenses: Can the board spend your money for that?  April 3, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

March 2013

 

  1. Are folks really being forced to buy homes inside associations? March 31, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  2. Member Votes On Certain Issues Not Binding On Board March 28, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Court Imposes Deadlines in Foreclosure Cases March 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Leaning In: Is there a Gender Gap on Community Association Boards? March 24, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  5. Community Association Directors – Here’s How You Should Vote! March 20, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  6. Feeling Exposed? Condo lien can be stripped off in bankruptcy. March 20, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Professional Manager Optional  March 20, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Certain Changes to Use of Condominium Common Elements Require 100 Percent Vote of Owners and Lien Holders March 13, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  9. Recent Florida Supreme Court Ruling Helps Association Injured by Insurance Broker March 18, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  10. HOA Traffic Enforcement March 15, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Are Condominium Association Term Limits Permitted? March 13, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Riparian Rights: Right to Use Florida’s Lakes March 5, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  13. Proposed Tactic Probably Won’t Fly March 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Hanging on for far too long...developers' reservation of rights often pose long-term problems for association residents March 3, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

 

February 2013

  1. Nuisances Often A Matter Between Owners February 28, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Community Update 2013, Volume 2 February 27, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Condominium Board Member Votes Must Be Recorded In The Minutes February 27, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) apply to an Association’s Common Areas or Common Elements? February 26, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  5. The Law Protects Proxy Vote in Condominiums February 25, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Your Right to Privacy vs. Community's Security Protocol February 22, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  7. Community Association Enforcement Options: Imposing Fines February 19, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  8. Condo Has Uninvited Guests, Especially During Spring Break February 18, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Use of Secret Election Ballots in HOA’s Must Be Authorized in Governing Documents February 14, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Condominium Board Member Elections and the Importance of the Notice of Intent to be a Candidate February 12, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Blog.

  11. Association Has No Authority to Prohibit Smoking In A Public Area February 12, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Statutes Detail Reserve Account Rules For Capital Expenditures February 11, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Do association members have a duty to work towards a resolution of some of their own problems? February 10, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law

  14. Bylaws May Require Living In Condo In Order To Serve On Board February 7, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Bylaws May Require Living In Condo In Order To Serve On Board February 5, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Webmaster's Note:  This article went out with the wrong title.  This is actually the title of the article immediately above.  This article deals with the use of limited and general proxies in an HOA setting.

  16. How much input does your board solicit from the members prior to undertaking new projects? February 4, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law Blog

  17. Potential Conflict of Interest Does Not Automatically Disqualify a Board Candidate February 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Community Update, 2013, Vol. 1 Now Available Online February 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

January 2013 

  1. Bylaws May Authorize Using E-mail For Association Notices January 31, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Can an Association Prohibit Smoking at the Pool? January 30, 2013, Taylor & Carls, P.A. » Taylor & Carls Blog .

  3. Association Meetings: Motion Probably Out Of Order January 29, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Is your Condo or HOA Board enforcing phantom rules? January 27, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law

  5. Just released 3rd DCA opinion could harm your already struggling association January 23, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law

  6. New Case says that Association Can Not Collect Past Due Amounts from New Owner after the Association has Taken Title—CALL Alert for January 23, 2013 January 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7.  Condo Cannot Collect Past Due Amounts from Investor After Foreclosure January 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Unapproved Minutes Must Be Made Available January 23, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Transition in the Community Association Setting – PART III   January 22, 2013, Taylor & Carls, P.A. » Taylor & Carls Blog .

  10. So a receiver was appointed for your community, does this mean the end of your troubles? January 20, 2013, from Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger's Condo and HOA Law

  11. Transition in the Community Association Setting – PART II  January 18, 2013, Taylor & Carls, P.A. » Taylor & Carls Blog .

  12. Outright Owner Not Required To Carry Insurance, But Should January 18, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. It’s Not OK To Designate Candidate as Incumbent January 16, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Transition in the Community Association Setting – PART I  January 15, 2013, Taylor & Carls, P.A. » Taylor & Carls Blog .

  15. Why should your condo, coop or HOA board consider amending the association's governing documents? January 13, 2013, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  16. Restrictions on Pets in Community Associations January 10, 2013, from Taylor & Carls Community Association Law Blog.

  17. Alleviate mystery of residential real estate transactions January 10, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. When will we become proactive rather than reactive when it comes to storms impacting our communities? January 6, 2013, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  19. It’s Probably OK to Raise Dues to Cover Cost of Replacement Roof January 4, 2013, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

December 2012

  1. Can Just The People Who Use Them Be Charged For Elevators? December 31, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Does your Condo, Cooperative or HOA Board count your money?  December 30, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Condominium Board Meetings Must be Noticed and Made Public December 26, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Cell phone companies want to put up more towers in residential areas; what do our communities want? December 23, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. Condo Associations & HOAs Losing Millions Nationwide December 21, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Bylaws Change On Board Terms December 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7.  Business Properly Conducted At Closed Meetings Strictly Limited By Law December 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Community associations and the growing identity theft crisis! December 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  9. HOA Statute Now Restricts Delinquent Homeowners’ Service On The Board December 13, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Associations Can Run Afoul of Copyright Protections December 12, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. New Condominiums Can Recover Damages for Construction Defects under 718.203 December 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. How loud is too loud in your condominium, cooperative or homeowners' association? December 10, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Tax Deed Sale Extinguishes Liens Recorded By Association December 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Condo Owners Troubled by Rejected Mortgages December 7, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Condominiums Must Pay Close Attention to AIA Documents in Construction Contracts December 7, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. If HOAs Want Condominium-Style Voting Procedures, It Must Be Stated In The Governing Documents December 6, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Governing Documents Dictate Who Makes Repairs to Limited Common Elements December 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Liability Issues May Complicate Neighborhood Watch Choices December 4, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Election of Directors Requires Strict Process Under Condo Law December 4, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. Is your Condo or HOA board hiding its light under a bushel? When was the last time you communicated the number of hours it takes to serve your members?  December 2, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

November 2012

  1. Florida cases provide answers to readers' condo and HOA questions. November 25, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Coral Lakes Decision Affects First Mortgagees and Past Due Assessments for Condominiums November 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. How much do you really want to know about what is going on in the condo unit or home next door? November 18, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. Non-Profit Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Policies Exclude Compensation for Compensated Directors in Most Cases November 16, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Use Check For Interest, Fees Before Assessments November 15, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Reserve Accounts Can Be Established For Uninsured Losses November 14, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. HOA Board Should Not Influence Voters To Reelect Them  November 14, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Association Can Be Responsible For Paying Assessments on Vacant Lot  November 7, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Does your community prohibit solicitation?  November 4, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Few Restrictions On How Capital Contributions Are Used  November 1, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

October 2012

  1. Nova Law Review article, "Prescription Pets®: Medical Necessity Or Personal Preference," October 2012, By Joann Nesta Burnett, Esq., and Gary A. Poliakoff, J.D.

  2. Do developers give thought to long-term governance in the communities they build?  October 28, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Condos/HOAs & Collection Agency Fees – Who Pays? October 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Problems May Arise From Not Following Election Rules October 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Notice of Board Meetings Effective When Mailed October 22, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Two legal concepts that are misunderstood by many community association members. October 21, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. Ability to Make Alterations to Boat Docks Dependent Upon Governing Documents October 19, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Improvement Issues for Board Members of Condominiums and HOAs October 17, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Homeowners’ Rights Depend On Governing Documents October 16, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. A neat new tool for your condominium, cooperative or homeowners' association!  October 14, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Maintaining the Condo’s Physical Maintenance is The Board of Directors Most Important Duty October 12, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Pre-Meeting Not A Requirement In Levying Special Assessments October 12, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Board Has Legal Right To Publish Identity Of Those Requesting Information From The Association October 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Typos In Contracts Are Usually Inconsequential October 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Do you know how you will vote on Florida's 11 upcoming constitutional amendments before entering the Ballot Box? October 7, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  16. Energy Solutions for Florida Homeowners October 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Documents Dictate Whether Association Has Transfer Approval Rights October 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Special Assessment Funds Can Only Be Used For Their Intended Purpose October 3, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Director Compensation Allowed  October 1, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

September 2012

  1. How to make change really happen in a community association September 26, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. What Owner Does With Video of Board Meeting Probably Beyond Board’s Control September 26, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Storm Shutter Laws Unchanged September 25, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Attorney Does Not Represent HOA Members Even Though All Members Pay Lawyer’s Fees September 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Does A Manager Have The Right To Sway An Election In Their Favor? September 19, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Condo’s Declaration Requires Board Approval of Lease September 17, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Is there any such thing as a 'good surprise' in an HOA? September 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Short Sale of Condo Unit: ‘Gotcha’ Issue Crops Up September 13, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Board Vacancies Need Not Be Filled With Who Asks For The Seat September 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Official Records Includes Monthly Board Info Packets  September 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Are Older HOA Documents Always Subject To Chapter 720?  September 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Why does the mention of Section 8 tenants panic some communities? September 9, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Shenanigans are Unlikely with this Board  An insurance dispute with Citizens may require you to travel to Tallahassee  September 2, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

August 2012 

  1. Florida Domicile: Steps To Establishing It And Pitfalls To Beware August 31, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Board Members Must Abide Term Limits  August 30, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Do most Condo & HOA Directors want to be educated? August 26, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. Hurricane Isaac Preparedness August 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Condo Maintenance Obligations Differ From Insurance Obligations August 22, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Attorney-Client Privilege Exists Beyond Litigation August 21, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. There’s No Rule That Officers, Directors Must Be Full-Time Residents August 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Saving for a "rainy day": funding community association reserves August 18, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  9. Courts Frown on Splits Based on Date of Ownership August 17, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Police Not Likely to Help in Entering Condo Policies August 16, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Can Suspension of Use Rights Impair Rights to Information? August 15, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. A Member of the Board Not Required to be in Residence at all Times August 14, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. HOAs Must Let the Sun Shine In August 13, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Association as Employer: what laws do you need to know about? August 12, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  15. Conflict of Interest Can Be Overcome By Abstention August 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Asking to be an Additional Insured? August 8, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Restrictions A Matter of Preference August 8, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Associations Should Turn to Managers for Property Management, Not Legal Work August 6, 2012, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog 

  19. HOA's Insurer Says It's Not Liable for Trayvon Martin's Death August 6, 2012, Courthouse News Service

  20. Do you know how Life Safety Upgrades are adopted in Florida and around the country? August 5, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  21. Association Can’t Hide From Landscaper’s Water Violations August 3, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  22. CALL Alert for August 1, 2012 – Update on Citizens Property Insurance

July 2012 

  1. Community Counsel, July 2012 edition.  A monthly publication of Wean & Malchow, P.A., regarding court decisions of interest to common interest ownership housing associations.

  2. Passing the Baton: Tips on Getting the Next Generation of Community Association Leaders Involved July 29, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. CALL Alert for July 24, 2012 – More Changes Being Considered by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation that will Impact Condominium Associations

  4. Citizens' Property Insurance - Higher Deductibles & Less Coverage July 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Part II: Cultivating New Community Association Leaders July 24, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Cultivating new community association leaders: Part I July 23, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. Avoiding the appearance of self interest as an association director July 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. More states seek to protect First Amendment Rights in Associations...will Florida follow suit? July 9, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  9. Federal Disaster Assistance Available for Those Impacted by Tropical Storm Debby July 6, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Name 4 Things Community Leaders Should Know in Order to Effectively Manage Delinquencies July 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Condo Grandfathering Rule on Leasing Not Applicable to HOAs July 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Clean Indoor Air Act Can Apply to Condos July 3, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Will your voice be heard at the upcoming Citizens Board meeting?  July 2, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

June 2012 

  1. Community Counsel, June 2012 edition.  A monthly publication of Wean & Malchow, P.A., regarding court decisions of interest to common interest ownership housing associations. This edition features an article entitled "THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE OF PRIORITIES" concerning the ongoing debate about lender limited liability to associations in foreclosures and the way foreclosures are so often delayed in the current economic climate.

  2. FHA Announces New Procedures to Account for Condos & HOAs June 29, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Getting Rid of Second-Hand Smoke in a Multi-Family Building: HUD Agrees! June 28, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Statute of Limitations Can Apply in Collecting Delinquent Maintenance Assessments June 27, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Disaster/Hurricane Planning for Condos & HOAs June 27, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Tropical Storm Debby Floods Florida - State of Emergency Declared June 26, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Florida Bar Revisits Issue of Licensed Community Association Managers and UPL June 25, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. ADA Pool Rules May Apply to Short-Term Stays June 25, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Ready for Community Association Issues on NPR-WLRN's 'Topical Currents' ? June 22, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Owners Not Subject to New Leasing Amendment If They did Not Vote In Favor For It June 18, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Community Counsel, May 2012 edition.  A monthly publication of Wean & Malchow, P.A., regarding court decisions of interest to common interest ownership housing associations. This edition features an article entitled "AN INTERESTING LITTLE TUG O’ WAR" concerning questions being raised about how far community association managers may go in giving advice to their clients without lapsing over into the unauthorized practice of law.

  12. Relative Moves Into Condominium Due to Illness June 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Florida Supreme Court rules that "substantial compliance" is good enough for insurers on association policies June 11, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  14. Use of Common Elements Can Be Denied June 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Gulf Coast Properties Can Seek Relief for Damages Caused by BP Oil Spill June 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. CALL Alert June 5, 2012 - Citizens’ Plan for Depopulation Will Impact Community Associations

  17. Some of the (real) reasons banks aren't foreclosing in your community association  June 4, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

May 2012 

  1. Owner Vote Required to Remove Director; Board Vote can Remove Officer May 30, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Director May Leave HOA By Giving Written Notice May 29, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3.  Is an injunction the right remedy to stop abusive HOA resident’s behavior?  May 28, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  4. New Florida Law Was Not Necessary May 25, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Associations Required to Insure Some Portions of Unit May 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Sunshine's not protected in the "Sunshine State" May 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. What does the departure of "snow bird" owners mean for your condo, cooperative or HOA?  May 21, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  8. Florida Condominium Law Protects Condo Owners from Construction Defects May 21, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Fidelity Bond Covers Theft of Association Funds May 15, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Pool Heater Considered Material Alteration Requiring Membership Approval May 14, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Does your condominium, cooperative or HOA board mirror Florida’s demographics? May 13, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  12. Florida Supreme Court to Update Limits of CAM Role May 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Old Board Not Allowed to Avert Quorum to Elect New Board May 10, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Condo Act Is Vague About Making Records Available May 8, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Taking your community's pulse: what Condominium, Cooperative and HOA boards need to consider May 6, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  16. Florida to Receive $8.4 Billion From State/Federal Foreclosure Settlement May 3, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Dual Usage of Common Elements Addressed in Condominium Statute May 2, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. Federal Lawsuit Filed Against HOAs for Overcharges  May 1, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

April 2012 

  1. Community Counsel, April 2012 edition.  A monthly publication of Wean & Malchow, P.A., regarding court decisions of interest to common interest ownership housing associations. This edition also discusses the passage and impact of HB 1013.

  2. Owner Responsible for Doors April 30, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. "Fowl" play in a Cape Canaveral Condominium: wildlife inside shared ownership communities April 29, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  4. Info Packets from Board are Official Records April 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. HOAs can Waive Down Financial Reports April 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. The practical realities of suspending use rights in FL condominiums, cooperatives and HOAs April 23, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  

  7. Attorney Ken Direktor appears on CNN discussing potential association liability on the Trayvon Martin case. April 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Are Armored Catfish Contributing to Lake Erosion in Your Community? April 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Condo Board Has Control of Meeting Minutes April 23, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Who Can Serve on the Board? April 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. FEMA prohibits continued rebating of amounts paid for flood insurance in Florida condos and HOAs April 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  12. Driveway Repair Costly April 16, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Condo Q&A: Facts about mediation, arbitration Florida Today April 15, 2012  (Webmasters Note:  This external link no longer works and has been removed.)

  14. CAI responds to The New York Times' opinion piece "The Gated Community Mentality."

  15. Fannie Mae Announces Intent to Pay Condo/HOA Fees on Foreclosed Properties April 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Association Should Consult Attorney About Foreclosure April 11, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Must condominium and cooperative owners become their "brother's keeper" when it comes to recycling? April 9, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  18. Don't Abandon Your Community Watch or Neighborhood Watch Program Just Yet.... April 9, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Unit Owner Approval Still Needed to Switch Reserves  April 9, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. The Orlando Sentinel's Editorial Board Urges Veto of HB 1013 dealing with Common Area Warranties April 6, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  21. Association Has Rights to Access Your Unit April 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  22. Media right, media wrong: Trayvon Martin, HOAs and the Rush to Judgment April 4, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  23. Condo Pool May Be Subject to Accessibility Requirements April 2, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  24. Do You Have to Install a Pool Lift? April 2, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

March 2012 

  1. Community Counsel, March 2012 edition.  A monthly publication of Wean & Malchow, P.A., regarding court decisions of interest to common interest ownership housing associations.

  2. Citizens changes worry beachfront condo owners from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

  3. Crime in the Neighborhood Revisited March 29, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Citizens Insurance Wind Mitigation Inspection Form  Thanks to SCCA Business Association Member Ranew Insurance Agency for providing a sample of this form, which your association may be receiving from Citizens Insurance.  Ranew notes that the purpose of the inspection related to the form "is to insure that Associations are receiving the appropriate premium credits for the Wind Mitigation features associations have on their property. This includes newer roofs, hurricane shutters or approved windows and the like. I am sure some credits will be removed because the association may not be 100% in compliance. It works both ways. A board member from the association will be sent the attached form and then a Citizens Inspector will call them and arrange for the inspection."

    Ranew also indicates that there are some companies that are offering to do mitigation inspections for 50% of the saving they identify, but "why give up 50% when Citizens is going to find them soon and give them to the association anyway."  They also advise being very cautious if "one of these companies asked associations to sign an authorization form giving them authority to access their Citizens Insurance company and verify credits." 

    Please note that the form indicates that the inspection Citizens performs is free.

  5. Owner Responsible for All Assessments Unpaid by Previous Owner March 28, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Mortgage Termination Lawsuits Do Not Give Associations Clear Title March 27, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Pending civil suit in Trayvon Martin case highlights potential liability for associations March 27, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Association Can't Deny Access to Unit Owner March 26, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Change within your association ... it can be done! March 26, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Protecting your Association's Good Name March 25, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. What's in a Name? HOA sued over use of name & logo. March 22, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Trayvon Martin tragedy in Central Florida HOA highlights need to know what association volunteers are doing! March 20, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Federal agency issues Final Rule that could impact association transfer fees March 19, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  14. Depreciation Doesn't Belong as a Line Item in Association Budget March 19, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Does your Condo or HOA have credit cards? March 17, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. Condos & HOAs in the Spotlight March 15, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Owners Have Right to Speak at Board Meetings March 12, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. How to choose and insurance agent.  An excellent article, from the March 11th Florida Today, by Gary Poliakoff that explains how negotiating for insurance coverage is a very different animal than most contracting done by associations.  (Webmasters Note:  This external link no longer works and has been removed.)

  19. Condo Association and Management Company Pay $20,000 to Disabled Veteran March 7, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. Negotiations 101 for Community Associations March 5, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  21. Arbitration - Fee Awards March 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  22. Liability for Pre-Foreclosure Assessment Discussed March 5, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 

 

February 2012

  1. Real Estate Foreclosure Sales - DIGITAL Relief February 26, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Deficiency Judgments: Post-Foreclosure Relief February 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Association Liability for Criminal Attacks February 24, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. What is a Newcomer's First Impression of Your Community? February 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. Who Prepares Your Association's Tax Return? February 15, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Tired of the same old board member and manager educational classes? February 13, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. $26 billion settlement announced on foreclosure, mortgage fraud

  8. Big lawsuit coming against Citizens Insurance Channel 10 news, St. Petersburg

    Click HERE for a link to the website of the group that filed the suit.
    And HERE for information from a law firm involved with the suit.

  9. Check Those Electric Bills - You May be Entitled to a Refund February 7, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Disturbing new trend impacting associations: don't like a judicial decision ... just change the law!  February 6, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Unit Owner Access to Official Records February 2, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

January 2012

  1. Some Condo/HOA Records are Off Limits to Owners January 30, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Condo petitions for reform: sound strategy or futile gesture? January 23, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. More than Your Bargained For? Avoid Paying Twice for Construction Costs January 20, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Are You a Prudent Investor? January 18, 2012, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. What can be done to stop secondhand smoke from entering your condominium unit? January 16, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Holiday decoration dispute continues to plague HOA in the New Year  January 9, 2012, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

December 2011  

  1. Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program is Terminated. December 27, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Is your association vulnerable to a frivolous age discrimination lawsuit? December 19, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Legislative Proposal Could Wipe Out Common Area Warranties December 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Florida Supreme Court to Decide Whether Homeowners Associations Entitled to Implied Warranties December 11, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Does your board have to enforce your community's governing documents? December 9, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Individual Liability for Fair Housing Claims? December 7, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Not all association information is created equal December 4, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. New Community Association "Sunshine" Law Booklet Published December 2, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

November 2011 

  1. You Be the Judge on Late Fees, Board Member Certification and More! November 17, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Have You Followed All the Procedures to Adopt an Assessment? November 16, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. HOA or Condo Association - does it matter? November 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Does charity start at home or in the community next door that doesn't have a No Solicitation Rule? November 14, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. Florida HOAs in the News Again - Enforcement of "No Solicitation" Rule Criticized November 11, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Live Webinar: In the Green: How Clean Energy Upgrades are a Smart Budget Move for Your Community November 8, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.  LIVE WEBINAR Monday, November 14, 2011, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT) .

  7. How much thought goes into the selection of your community's Fining Committee? November 7, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Due Diligence Important for Community Leaders  November 1, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 

October 2011 

  1. Relief for Underwater Homeowners - HARP Modifications October 26, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 

  2. HUD Challenges Condo Association's Procedures for Approving Accommodation Animals October 25, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 

  3. How to pick a legal professional that is the right fit for your community! October 25, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. FHFA announces new program to help ‘underwater’ homeowners October 24, 2011, The Washington Post

  5. What is your community association's responsibilities when it comes to wild animals? October 23, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Condominium Board Member Education - Learn How to Comply with this Podcast October 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 

  7. It's beginning to look a lot like....holiday decorating time once again in association-land! October 18, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. LIVE WEBINAR: Disaster Preparedness Initiatives October 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog. 
    (Note:  The seminar in question is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  See link for more details.)

  9. Condo collections today: the squeaky wheel gets the grease October 10, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Negotiating 101 for Community Associations October 3, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

September 2011 

  1. Ceremonial Bill Signing Ceremony for HB 1195 September 30, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Coping with Compliance Costs – What is your community’s plan to pay for Phase II Elevator Fire Safety Implementation? September 27, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Board member eligibility in Florida: what does it mean to have one's civil rights restored? September 26, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. Community Association Financial Innovations September 20, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. There ought to be a law ... easier said than done September 19, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Fannie Mae Announces it "Know Your Options" Awareness Campaign  September 19, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Take a Step Back Before Pulling the Trigger on Foreclosure September 16, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Be Vewy Vewy Quiet - its Budget Season! September 15, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. 4th DCA decision makes waiting for the banks to foreclose an even longer proposition for associations! September 12, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Condominium Association Loses Fight to Keep Its Beach Private! September 6, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Electric Cars: The Next Parking Issue in Your Community?  September 1, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

August 2011  

  1. HOA Architectural Control Criteria Should Reflect Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles August 30, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Good night, Irene, now what does the rest of Hurricane Season look like for Floridians? August 29, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Section 8 Rental Payments Diverted to HOA - Is There a Need for New HUD Regulations? August 28, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Just Who Does Your Insurance Agent/Broker Represent? August 23, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. Is Your Community Prepared for Hurricane Irene? August 22, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Does Your Community Association Obtain Competitive Bids? August 21, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Penny Wise and Dollar Foolish: Vendor Due Diligence August 21, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Who Decides to File Lawsuits - the Board or Management? August 18, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Sometimes Offense is not the Best Defense August 17, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. How does fraud take hold in a private residential community? August 15, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Lloyd's Class Action Suit Approved by Florida Court August 10, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Is it the right time to require mandatory board service? August 8, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Association in Bankruptcy: New Case Law Requires Mortgagees to Contribute August 4, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Do the Community and the Manager a Favor, Limit the CAM's Role to Management August 2, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  15. Will you be sunk by costly increases in sinkhole coverage?  August 1, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

July 2011 

  1. Can your Condominium Association or HOA claim be impacted by Social Media sites? July 27, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Can the Court Sanction an Attorney for Delaying a Foreclosure? July 26, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Contracting for Storm Related Repairs - Important Considerations - Webinar On Demand July 25, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Have you thought about saying goodbye to that troublesome client? July 18, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

    Webmaster's Note:  This one is unusual in that it speaks more to CAMs and association counsel than associations.  It is about when it may be time to sever ties with dysfunctional association boards and move on.  Interesting reading.  Could your board be one of those described here?

  5. Associations Facing Lawsuits Over Claimed Billing Errors July 18, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Will association members have to pay fines for neighbor's poor recycling habits? July 18, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. 2011 Condo/HOA "Demand for Rent" Letter July 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

    Webmaster's Note:
     While the new form-letter notice to tenants applies to condominium, cooperative, and homeowners' associations, the text given in the above article is the text that applies to condominiums only.  Click HERE for the text of portions of Florida Statutes Chapters 718, 719, and 720, as modified by HB 1195, that include the new required tenant notice text for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners' associations respectively.

  8. Illegal Downloads Create a New Liability Exposure July 13, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Owner Privacy, Board Eligibility and Access to Employee Salary Information July 12, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. New bill clarifies that process servers must be given access in gated communities. July 12, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Have an inspection rule in place before you need it! July 10, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  12. New HUD "CONDOMINIUM PROJECT APPROVAL and PROCESSING GUIDE" released June 30, 2011.

  13. Legislative Webinar Q&A Round-Up July 7, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

June 2011

  1. Sometimes You Are on the Losing End of a Vote June 30, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Klinow Case Part II: An Unsuccessful Procedural Attack on Amendments. June 30, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. More Information About Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) June 29, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Meeting Minutes: What do you Include or Exclude? June 27, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. What does the dissolution of the DCA mean for older HOAs? June 25, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Association Contracts: Beware of Doctrine of Apparent Authority June 22, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Questions About Management, Contracting and Form of Meeting Minutes June 20, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. What are the Traits of a Highly Functioning Board of Directors?

    1. Part I: the Dysfunctional Board June 20, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

    2. Part II: the Functioning Board June 20, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

    3. Part III: The Award Winning Board! June 21, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

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  9. What can we reasonably expect in terms of community association legislation? June 20, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Sympathetic Board Avoids Selective Enforcement Defense June 14, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. Recent Florida Supreme Court Case on Director Indemnity June 12, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  12. Class Action Suit Filed Against 500+ Associations for Collection Fees! June 5, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Do Associations Have to Allow Use of Medical Marijuana if Requested as a Reasonable Accommodation?  June 5, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Swimming Pool Drain Covers Recalled June 2, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

 

May 2011

  1. Failing to Handle Requests for Reasonable Accommodations (Emotional Support Animals) Appropriately has Consequences May 31, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. What You Need to Know About Estoppel Requests! May 29, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Do Your Association Members Know You Mean Business? May 25, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. Foreclosure Aid Program Helps Florida's Hardest-Hit Residents May 24, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. What happens if you buy a brand-name condo and the brand name backs out? May 19, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Major Insurance Bill Signed Into Law May 18, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Should associations evict tenants who don't respond to demands for rent and how is it done? May 18, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Can HOA's charge an Inspection Fee in addition to a Copying Fee? May 13, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  9. What is a manager's liability in connection with collection efforts? May 13, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Can Complaints About Association Operations Become a Defense Against Foreclosure? May 12, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. What Rules and Regulations are Enforceable? May 11, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Association's Demand For Rent has been challenged! May 9, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Insurance Industry Consumer Complaint Info Available May 8, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  14. Do Friends Let Friends Buy Condos? May 8, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  15. How does New Technology, Aging in Place & Miniature Horses All Relate to Each Other? May 6, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. What rules bind the lobbyists who shape Florida's laws? May 1, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

April 2011

  1. What rules bind the lobbyists who shape Florida's laws? Community Association Lien Foreclosure Cases-Equity Stripping? April 29, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. There Ought To Be a Law! April 26, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Has Your Association Updated its Frequently Asked Questions & Answers Disclosure? April 22, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. A Few Notes About the Florida Supreme Court Ruling in Cohn v. The Grand CAI April 20, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Does Your Community Do a "Walk-Around"? April 17, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Would you turn your house into a billboard? April 17, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. Court Issues Injunction Against Master Association that Suspended Use April 13, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Mortgage Options: Sharp Increase In Use of FHA Backed Financing April 12, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Will the Demand For Rent Statute Withstand a Grand Challenge? April 12, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. What Does the Recent Florida Supreme Court Cohn v. Grand Ruling Mean for Your Association? April 8, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. New Case Ruling Shows the Importance of Proper Action Before Filing a Lawsuit April 7, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Standout Communities Shine April 4, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Fido or Cujo? It all depends on your perspective April 4, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

March 2011

  1. Lemonade Stands & Other Evils in HOAs March 31, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Program March 29, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Master Association Blocks Owners from Pool and Recreational Facilities March 28, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Why should an association monitor a bank foreclosure action? March 22, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. No Need to Replace Wiring Due to Chinese Drywall Says HUD and CPSC March 21, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Pool & Spa Safety Requirements Revisited March 16, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Florida Communities of Excellence - Video Featuring 2010 Finalists March 15, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Lions, Tigers & Bears, Oh My! The Difference Between Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals March 10, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Have you had your property inspected for possible wind mitigation credits? March 10, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Complications and delays associated with delinquent association members’ filing for bankruptcy protection March 7, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

February 2011

  1. Shouldn't the Public Have Input Regarding FHA Insurance & Underwriting Guidelines? March 11, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Think twice before sending that email! February 23, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Community Advocacy Network Releases 'Managing in Times of Crisis,' Report on 2011 Florida Association Management Survey

  4. How to lose a tenant without even trying February 21, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  5. Association Awarded Sanctions Against Mortgage Holder and its Counsel February 18, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  6. Will loosening community rental restrictions solve delinquency and foreclosure issues? February 13, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. Risks of Social Media - Industry Follow Up February 9, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Social Media: Issues for Condo/HOA Boards to Consider February 8, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Some Condominium Purchasers Might See the Return of Their Deposits! February 7, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. MRTA: Recorded Amendments Didn't Make a Difference February 3, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  11. HUD Proposes Rule to Prohibit Housing Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity February 2, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Are your association funds and property at risk? February 2, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Someone's knocking at the door- do you let them in? February 1, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

January 2011

  1. Can your unit be liened individually for work performed on the common elements? January 31, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Can your HOA publish your phone number? January 20, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Q&A: More Reader Inquiries January 20, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Foreclosure Mediation: Worthwhile or a Waste of Time? January 19, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. You Can Fight City Hall January 13, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Q&A: Responses to Reader Inquiries January 13, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Waiting for the Bank to Foreclose? Force Them to Move Forward - if they don't Get Paid for the Delay January 12, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. FHA Extends Approval Procedures - New Mortgagee Letter Issued January 12, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Take Advantage of Florida Energy Incentive Programs January 11, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. Owners in newly built Florida residential communities might have additional warranty protection! January 10, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. Covenant Enforcement: Do Rules and Regulations Mean Anything Anymore? January 10, 2011, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Is that prescription pet really “doing the job”? January 4, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  13. Association pays $2 million to injured owner! January 2, 2011, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

 

December 2010

  1. 2010 Year In Review - Links to Webinars, Course Registrations and Articles for Condo & HOA Boards December 31, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Top-Notch Condos & HOAs December 29, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. Condos & HOAs: It Pays NOT to Discriminate - Case Examples December 28, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  4. Filing your Annual Corporate Report? Watch out for Clever Offer by Email December 27, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. Association Governance Elsewhere 

  6. Bill to Limit Design Professional Liability Back on the Table for 2011 December 23, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Bad Tenants - Get Them Out! December 16, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  8. Board Member Certification Requirements December 16, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  9. Expiration of FHA/Fannie Mae Approvals: Will Your Condominium Units Qualify for Mortgage Financing? December 13, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  10. 5th DCA rules that Association can demand sale date in a mortgage foreclosure case!  December 11, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.
    Association Victory in Mortgage Foreclosure Matter December 10, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Editor's Note:  If it does not get overturned on further appeal, this will be an extremely important court decision for associations with units in foreclosure!

  11. REVISED ADA REGULATIONS from the U.S. Department of Justice, effective March 15, 2011.

  12. What are some banks telling your delinquent association members? December 7, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

    November 2010

     

  13. Three ways to kick start a lender’s foreclosure action November 29, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  14. Board Meetings, Collecting Management Fees & Suspending Cable Service  November 24, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.
    Note:  Concerns proposed legislation being worked on by The Community Association Leadership Lobby.

  15. Flood Insurance: Be Alert to FEMA Map Changes November 22, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  16. More on Conflicts of Interest: Management Company Commissions? November 18, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  17. Director Conflicts of Interest: Condo Directors Must Disclose Financial Gain November 15, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  18. SB 1196 Changes Law on HOA Director Compensation and Conflicts November 12, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  19. Frauds or Friends? Use of Adverse Possession to Occupy Homes November 9, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  20. Imagine what Medieval Covenants and Restrictions would look like! November 8, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.
            Note:  This one is just for fun.

  21. Homeowners' Associations: New Ruling Supports Compensation for Construction Defects November 4, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  22. Note to the Banking Industry on refiling troubled foreclosure actions  November 1, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

October 2010

  1. Changes to Year-End Financial Reporting Requirements for Condos & HOAs October 28, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  2. Is your confidential information exposed for all to see in the Public Records? October 28, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  3. Reserve Accounts and Your Association! October 26, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. Post Disaster Planning Guidebook Available October 21, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  5. The Association's Decision to Foreclose October 20, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  6. Associations Facing Mortgage Foreclosures Head On October 14, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  7. Debunking foreclosure myths for your association members October 13, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Banks Putting Hold on Foreclosures in Florida October 12, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  9. Board and management company sued for failing to enforce community restrictions October 12, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  10. Just how valuable is the “Mortgage Terminator” legal tactic for your community? October 11, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  11. FTC Plans to Gets Tough on Greenwashing - Public Comment Sought October 11, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  12. Community Pools are Subject to Health Department Regulation October 8, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  13. Seeing Signs? October 7, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.  (A short primer for associations having problems with owners who want to post political and other signs on the property.)

  14. New IRS Guidelines Provide Relief for Homeowners with “Chinese Drywall”  October 4, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

September 2010

  1. Could the Small Claims Process work for you? September 30, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  2. Condos & HOAs Being Compensated by Cable Operators for Exclusive Marketing Rights September 29, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog.

  3. What is involved in an owner’s contest of lien? September 29, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  4. FIGA Coverage Limits: Check Your Policies to Maximize Coverage September 23, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog,

  5. Arbitration - Binding? Enforcement? September 21, 2010, from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog,

  6. Back to the starting gate: think twice before canceling that foreclosure sale! September 20, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  7. Fannie Mayhem and What can a CERT do for your community?  September 16, 2010, from Condo and HOA Law by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

  8. Covenant Enforcement: Think Twice Before Taking "Self Help" This September 3, 2010, article from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog describes a case in which HOA board members were held personally liable for large monetary damages caused by their improper actions in improperly attempting "do-it-yourself" covenant enforcement.

  9. Proposed Federal Regulation may further restrict access to mortgages for those living in associations September 1, 2010.  This is another "heads up" article, this time by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., on the plan by the Federal Housing Finance Agency described above.

August 2010

  1. Does Your Condo/HOA Charge a Fee in Connection With a Sale or Transfer?  This August 31, 2010, article from Becker & Poliakoff's Florida Condo & HOA Legal Blog cautions that "If so you need to become aware of the Federal Housing Finance Agency's plan to prohibit Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other Federal Home Loan Banks from purchasing mortgages for properties in communities where the covenants contain transfer fees."  Click the article title to read the entire piece.