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Becker Awarded FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Award For Eighth Consecutive Year

For the eighth consecutive year, Becker has earned a Diamond Level Readers’ Choice Award from the Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ). The FLCAJ announced its ninth annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2022 issue of the magazine. The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines a spotlight on the […]

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“Financial Management and Planning is Key to a Healthy Condominium Association,” FLCAJ Magazine

We have all heard the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The same is true when it comes to condominium associations—you cannot judge the “health” of a condominium association by its polished marble floors or its breathtaking gulf shore views. The true lifeline of a condominium association comes from successful financial planning, […]

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“Intrusion Upon Your Seclusion: Where Can Video Cameras Be Installed by Residents and Community Associations?,” FLCAJ Magazine

Video cameras are everywhere these days. Many residents have “ring”-type doorbells, which video people who come to their door. Further, many residents have cameras on the outside of their homes which are pointed at their own lots for security purposes; however, sometimes the view of these cameras even extend onto other lots or into other […]

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“Evaluating Requests for Service and Emotional Support Animals,” FLCAJ Magazine

As a community association attorney who focuses her practice on Fair Housing issues, I can state that one of the most difficult issues facing community association board members is how to evaluate and address requests for accommodations for service and emotional support animals (ESA). Over the last two years, we have seen changes regarding how […]

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“Official Records Issues,” FLCAJ Magazine

Anyone who has ever served on a board of directors of a condominium association or has ever managed a condominium association knows that there are a number of laws that regulate the keeping and reviewing of its official records. The Florida Condominium Act sets out 16 separate classes of items that constitute “official records” of […]

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“Condominium Associations Should Have Written Collection Policies & Procedures,” FLCAJ Magazine

The 2021 legislative session brought some significant changes to the Condominium Act, the Cooperative Act, and the Homeowners Association Act. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2021, and many of them impacted the collections and foreclosure process for community associations. At the outset, we always recommend that community associations work with their association’s […]

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“Electric Vehicles, Coming Soon to a Parking Area Near You!,” FLCAJ Magazine

With the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E currently arriving at car dealers, and the Ford F-150 Lightning arriving next spring, as well as Toyota, Nissan, GM, Audi, and so many others car makers already producing all-electric versions of their vehicles, it seems that what used to be considered a niche for adventurous Tesla explorers may become […]

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“Caring for the Financial Well-being of the Association,” FLCAJ Magazine

To ensure the financial well-being of the association, boards and managers should focus on at least four factors in the association: budget, reserves, insurance, and collection practices. This article will take a brief look at each of these, but this is not a finite list. It is recommended that you consult with your association attorney […]

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“Leasing Restrictions – Be Sure You Can Do What You Think You Can Do,” FLCAJ Magazine

For over a year, it would appear from the outside that the only issue Florida community associations have been dealing with is the pandemic. Those of us who work with, live in, or manage condominiums know this is not the case. However, it did seem that COVID-19 issues superseded all other issues for some time. […]

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“How to Handle Unexpected and Dangerous Situations,” FLCAJ Magazine

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, active shooter scenarios, and now global pandemics. Relying on outside crisis experts for guidance is crucial to ensure that your association is prepared to handle an unexpected […]

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