amendments

No Cooling Off Period Required After Failed Amendment

Q: My condominium association recently voted on proposed amendments to our documents. The amendments did not pass and now the board is stating they plan on scheduling a new vote on the amendments again. Can they do this? Doesn’t the Association have to wait some period of time before there is a new vote on failed amendments? (N.G., via e-mail)

Owners Can Record Meetings; Free Speech Rights Unclear

Q: I recently agreed to serve on the board of my condominium association. There is one owner who comes to many of the board meetings and sits in the front row with his phone device pointed at the head table. I assume he is recording the meetings, which I understand he has the right to do. My question is whether there are any limits on what this person can do with his recordings. For example, can he take photographs of me or other board members and post them on social media type sites? (J.L; via e-mail)

Audit Requirements Depend On Revenue

Q: I recently asked to inspect the financial records of my homeowners’ association. As part of that inspection I discovered that the association has not had an audit for at least the last seven years. When questioned, the treasurer stated that the association does not have to perform audits. Doesn’t every association have to have an annual audit? (A.G., via e-mail)

Agency Revisits Term Limit Issue

In 2017, the Florida Legislature passed a law which stated that condominium directors could not serve more than 4 consecutive 2-year terms, essentially creating an 8-year term limit. The obvious immediate question was whether this law would be applied retroactively (reach back to prior years of service to determine if a director was “termed out”) or whether the law would only be applied prospectively (meaning that you would not count previous terms in calculating the 8 year term limit). The law itself did not say one way or the other whether it was intended to be retroactive.