Far too many community association boards completely overlook the significance of who is serving as the association’s registered agent. I’ve found associations whose registered agent is a former board member who is either deceased or who has moved away or a former law firm or lawyer who no longer represents the association.
Pursuant to Section 607.0501,F.S, the duties of a registered agent are to forward to the corporation at its official address any process, notice, or demand which is served on or received by the registered agent. If the registered agent fails in this regard, the association may miss crucial litigation deadlines as well as Code compliance hearings which can result in substantial damage to the association. Current board members and managers should also seriously consider whether they are up to the task of serving as Registered Agent as that role does come with potential liability.