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Community Update – March 2024

Community Update – March 2024

March marks the beginning of Spring and with a new season comes new opportunities. This issue of CUP will help your community association navigate elections and voting, insurance claims, and enforcement fines. Also featured this month are a few of the bills sent to the Governor for action following the 2024 Legislative Session. Don’t miss the full demo of – a turnkey website solution and document management system specifically created for condos and HOAs.

The law specifically provides that Board members have a fiduciary relationship with the owners and requires Board members to disclose conflicts of interest. The law does not, however, specifically address acceptable (and unacceptable) behaviors for discharging these responsibilities. “Board Member Code of Conduct,” by Yeline Goin, highlights some ideas for Board members to better understand their responsibilities.

The issue of emotional support animals in pet-restricted communities is never-ending. Their presence seems to have multiplied by the influx of individuals relocating to Florida. Marty Platts discusses this complex issue in, “Can Emotional Support Animals Be Prohibited in the Pool Area?

We are often asked whether an association has to put insurance in the annual budget or whether it can wait to determine the amount of the insurance, and specially assess for the same (without a line-item in the annual budget). Elizabeth A. Lanham-Patrie answers this important question in, “Does a Condominium Have to Put Insurance in the Annual Budget?

Have you ever wondered why it isn’t easy to just alter the condominium’s common elements? Mark D. Friedman explains the importance of consulting your attorney before signing any contract for material alteration work in, “THIS CASE: Sterling Village Association, Inc. v. Breitenbach.”

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