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“Don’t Forget Reserves!,” FLCAJ

As budgeting season approaches, community associations must once again grapple with the continuing issues of reserves. Under ordinary circumstances, reserve funding increases the amount owners need to contribute to the association every month, since reserves are required above and beyond the association’s operating expenses. In light of the recent economic changes, reserves may be something […]

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“Leaders of the Industry,” FLCAJ

Becker Shareholder Kenneth S. Direktor has been recognized by FLCAJ Magazine as a leader in the community association industry. “Kenneth S. Direktor serves as Chair of Becker’s Community Association Practice—a group comprised of 50-plus attorneys throughout Florida and New Jersey. Ken focuses his practice on the representation of condominium, homeowners and cooperative associations, and country […]

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“Lessons We’re Learning from COVID-19,” FLCAJ

The COVID-19 pandemic has rewritten the operational script for many industries, including the community association industry. As with most of life’s challenges, we are acquiring take-away lessons that will help us adapt even more quickly the next time a curveball heads our way. The following lessons our boards, residents, and managers have learned over the […]

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“Disaster Planning Beyond Hurricanes,” FLCAJ

Florida associations are accustomed to preparing for hurricanes, but disaster plans should also account for other catastrophic events where there is often less advance warning, such as tornadoes or even activeshooter scenarios. Relying on outside crisis experts for guidance is crucial to ensure that your association is prepared to handle an unexpected and dangerous situation, […]

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“Community Association Law Headed in the Right Direction,” FLCAJ

Over the years, there have been a number of advents in Florida community association law toward allowing technology to facilitate the operation of community associations. For many years, board members were able to call in to board meetings and attend and vote, so long as speaker phones were available at the meeting site for members […]

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“Occupancy Restrictions and the FHA,” FLCAJ

Many Associations’ Declarations contain occupancy restrictions relating to the number of bedrooms in a home or unit. The standard provision reads two person per bedroom are permitted in a unit or home. However, does this occupancy restriction violates the federal and/or Florida Fair Housing Acts (“FHA”)? The short answer is, it depends. Fair Housing Acts […]

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Becker Awarded FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Award For Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth consecutive year, Becker has earned a Diamond Level Readers’ Choice Award from the Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) magazine. The FLCAJ announced its seventh annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2020 issue of the magazine. The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines a spotlight on […]

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“Preparing for a Busy Fall Season,” FLCAJ

Because most association fiscal years and elections coincide with the end of the calendar year, preparations should be underway for a busy fall season. Here are a few tips to ease the process: Make a “to-do” list of needed repairs or maintenance for the upcoming year. Maintain and review up-to-date financial data throughout the year […]

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“How Does Your Collections Policy Stack Up?,” FLCAJ

Collection of your community’s assessments is critical to maintaining a steady flow of income to support the association’s maintenance responsibilities and maintain the association’s overall fiscal health. Yet with the more urgent day-to-day demands on property managers and volunteer board members, collections can often be neglected or completely overlooked. On day one, new board members […]

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“Charging Excessive Fees Could Spell Big Trouble,” FLCAJ

Condominium associations are limited by statute on the amount of fees which can be charged in connection with the transfer of a unit. An association in Miami just learned this lesson the hard way. A recent class action lawsuit in Miami-Dade County alleging a condominium was charging excessive fees resulted in the association settling for […]

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