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Community Update – May 2024

Community Update – May 2024

Hurricane season is here. It’s time to get ready, and then stay ready. This issue of CUP also addresses the do’s and don’ts of association committees, estoppel certificates, and association contracts. Don’t miss our featured article on the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and beware of the recently issued scam alert

Two of the bills signed into law this month by the Governor modify Florida Statute 720.3035 regulating architectural review. How will these two pending laws impact your community? Bryony G. Swift explains why homeowner’s associations should review their architectural review with their community association attorney in this timely article, “Homeowner Association Architectural Review Standards.”

The increase in costs, especially insurance premiums, have been difficult for condominium associations in the past couple of years. How can your community association handle these increased fees? Elizabeth A. Lanham- Patrie has all the answers in, “Does a Condominium Have a 115% Cap on Increasing Assessments?

Over the past few years, Airbnb and VRBO have become a very popular form of short-term rental. Do owners have the right to rent their home as a vacation rental? Florence King explains the long-standing concept in Florida Law that community associations have the right to restrict perceived disruptive uses, including short term rentals within their community in “Vacation Rentals and Community Associations.”

Neglecting to actually levy the assessments that your association is trying to collect can be a fatal flaw in your association’s foreclosure case. Joseph Arena emphasizes this important lesson and why associations need to be familiar with their governing documents in, “THIS CASE: Desch v. South Fork of Hillsborough County II Homeowner’s Association, Inc.

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