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“Help Your Clients Avoid Stumbling into Fair Housing Problems,” Community Association Management Insider

Community Association Management Insider recently asked several legal practitioners to identify those seemingly innocent practices that could land community associations in court for fair housing violations. David Muller and JoAnn Burnett, members of Becker’s Community Association Team, pointed out that most avoidable disputes were rooted in poor handling of unreasonable accommodation requests, inadvertent familial discrimination, failure to comply […]

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“Short-Term Rental Developments: Profits Not Necessary to Violate Residential Use Covenant,” Community Association Management Insider

Short-term rental arrangements continue to plague community associations, with owners and powerful lobbying groups for companies like Airbnb constantly devising new tactics for avoiding restrictions. “With Airbnb and those platforms becoming such a huge percentage of rentals,” says Jennifer Horan, a shareholder in the Naples, Fla., office of Becker & Poliakoff, “we’re going to see […]

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“Court Finds Short-Term Rentals Violate Deed Restriction,” Community Association Management Insider

The current economic climate combined with COVID-related migration has many homeowners exploring the revenue generating options of their properties, which can put them at odds with a community association’s mission to cultivate residential harmony and lead to legal proceedings. Becker Shareholder Jennifer Horan strongly advocates for a careful examination of association restrictions before moving forward […]

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“What’s New in Rules and Restrictions,” Community Association Management Insider

Shareholder Jennifer Horan weighs in on amending community association governing documents to include restrictions on the use of surveillance cameras. “The Ring doorbell has been a huge issue because the span [of the captured images] is so far that they can really see everything. Especially in connected homes, where you may share a driveway, people […]

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“Someone is Sick: Now What?,” Community Association Management Insider

What do you do when one of your community association members is diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Becker Shareholder Jennifer Horan reminds board members to exercise caution when considering privacy rights of residents, while also being transparent. “I tell my boards in condo associations that they don’t necessarily have the duty to inform the owners […]

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“In the Crosshairs: Can — and Should — Your Clients Regulate Firearm Possession?,” Community Association Management Insider

The issue of gun violence has become increasingly common in news headlines across the country, and in turn, has become a hot button topic of debate within community associations. Shareholder Jay Roberts discusses the options community associations have in dealing with this issue with Community Association Management Inside. Jay notes that while Florida has no […]

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“Associations Confront the Continuing Challenge of Short-Term Rentals,” Community Association Management Insider

Short-term rentals are this season’s hot topic. Many communities are wondering what they can do to overcome the challenge of having things like Airbnbs pop up in their neighborhood. There are ways that homeowners associations can impose regulations and restrictions on short-term rentals, without legislation having to pass. “A majority of my associations have leasing […]

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