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Community Update – June 2024

June means the start of Hurricane season in Florida and while we always hope for a quiet year, it’s important that your community is prepared. Check out Becker’s Hurricane Guide for helpful tips before, during, and after the storm. This issue of CUP also features common questions on violation notices, a bird’s eye view of […]

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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 […]

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Vacation Rentals and Community Associations

Over the past few years, Airbnb and VRBO (collectively referred to as “Vacation Rentals”) have become a very popular form of short-term rental. Vacation Rentals include a range of rentals from houses, condos, or in some instances rooms for a period under 30 days’ at a time. While some owners believe they have this right […]

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Community Update – April 2024

In this edition of the Community Update, we address estoppel certificates, video cameras for surveillance, and the pending new laws from the 2024 Florida Legislative Session. We also welcome our newest Shareholder, Allison L. Hertz, and celebrate $120,000 raised for Pancreatic Cancer. Don’t miss our featured podcast episode that discusses crafting and protecting your community’s […]

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What Can Be Done About Solar Panels?

If you are living in a Homeowners Association the Board or the Architectural Review Committee generally cannot prohibit the installation of solar panels (or “solar collectors”). A Florida law, F.S. 163.04, provides that any “deed restriction or declaration” or even any “similar binding agreement” may not prohibit — or have the effect of prohibiting — […]

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What to Do if You Receive a Complaint or Subpoena

If your community association is served with a complaint or subpoena, you must promptly forward it to the community association’s legal counsel. As explained in this article, receipt of a complaint or subpoena triggers time sensitive legal obligations that can expose your community association to serious liability.

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E-Bikes and Batteries

Florida has not escaped the growing epidemic of fires started by lithium-ion batteries, like those used in e-bikes and other battery-operated personal transportation devices. A recent Miami bike shop caught fire after the shop owner left an e-bike battery charging and closed the store for the day. Surveillance cameras caught the moment the battery exploded, […]

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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 […]

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Does a Condominium Have to Put Insurance in the Annual Budget?

I have been asked on a few occasions whether an association has to put insurance in the annual budget or whether it can just wait to determine the amount of the insurance, and specially assess for the same (without a line-item in the annual budget). Insurance costs have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the […]

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Board Member Code of Conduct

The law specifically provides that Board members have a fiduciary relationship with the owners and requires Board members to disclose conflicts of interest. However, the law does not specifically address acceptable (and unacceptable) behaviors for discharging these responsibilities. As such, a Code of Conduct for Board members is a good idea to have so that […]

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Can Emotional Support Animals Be Prohibited in the Pool Area?

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. What was considered a “family pet” in the State of origin, suddenly became an emotional support animal in pet-restricted Florida communities. Understandably, individuals with family pets, now being represented as […]

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Community Update – February 2024

This issue of CUP features a helpful guide for board members, information on new term limits, and tips to save money on your property taxes. Don’t miss our featured podcast episode, “Navigating Defamation Lawsuits and Non-Compete Clauses!” Employers are relying more and more on independent contractors instead of employees. While using independent contractors can have […]

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The Impact of the New Department of Labor Rule on Worker Classification and Ensuring Proper Classification of Workers

In the early 2000s, employers and established businesses rarely sought out the work of independent contractors. Now decades later this has changed significantly as employers are relying more and more on independent contractors instead of employees. While using independent contractors can have certain benefits, there can also be certain risks especially when it comes to […]

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Addressing Burdensome Records Requests via the Rule-Making Power of Condominium Associations

Records requests can become quite daunting when a board of directors is faced with a high volume of demands from unit owners asserting their right of inspection of the association’s official records. Section 718.111(12)(c)(1) of the Florida Condominium Act (“Act”) permits condominium associations to “adopt reasonable rules regarding the frequency, time, location, notice, and manner […]

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So, You Received a Written Inquiry

Your community association has just received, by certified mail, a letter from a unit owner with several questions about the operation of the Association. What do you do next? First and foremost, you should always ensure that your community association’s legal counsel is promptly notified of such inquiries because receipt alone may trigger time sensitive […]

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Community Update – January 2024

The 2024 Legislative Session promises to bring sweeping changes to community association operations throughout Florida. In this issue of CUP, we highlight which bills we are watching, the Corporate Transparency Act, and the possibility of self-insurance. Don’t miss our weekly online legislative briefing with Bryony Swift. Also featured this month is our popular podcast, Take […]

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Condominium Rule Restrictions of Door-to-Deliveries: A Right or a Convenience?

In today’s world, almost anything you can fathom can be conveniently delivered to your door. Whether it is pet food, medicine, or your next meal, you can have seemingly anything you want delivered without ever leaving the comfort of your condominium unit. But has this convenience become a right? Can a condominium control such deliveries?

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The Danger of Substituting Artificial Intelligence for Your Attorney

“Don’t confuse your Google Search with My Law Degree.” This is a popular saying found on attorney coffee mugs these days, and this sentiment does not seem so farfetched as we live in a world increasingly dependent on autonomy and artificial intelligence (“AI”). It’s rare to see people without their phone glued to their hands, […]

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Things Associations Should Know About Tax Deed Sales

Every so often associations will unexpectedly receive notice that a tax deed has been applied for in connection with a parcel or condominium unit in the community. Those notices will describe tax certificates, provide a redemption amount, and state the date on which the parcel or unit will be auctioned for unpaid property taxes if […]

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Community Update – December 2023

A new year means new goals! As we turn the corner into 2024, this issue of CUP spotlights helpful tips so your community association can start the year off right. This includes adoption of the annual budget, a review of new legislation, and the responsibilities of residents in communal situations. Don’t miss our featured podcast […]

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Community Update – November 2023

As 2023 comes to an end, community associations are beginning to plan for the coming year. This issue of CUP provides helpful insight so your community can put its best foot forward. Whether you’re looking to combine operating funds with reserve money, struggling with the property insurance crisis, or need a new online voting platform, […]

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Holiday Decorations – Ho, Ho, Ho or Bah Humbug?

As the holiday season approaches, it is a good time for associations to consider its authority regarding outdoor holiday decorations. Every community is different, and opinions vary about when the holiday decorations should be put up and “how much” is “too much.” Some people want to start decorating for the holidays on November 1, while […]

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Implementing Condominium Restrictions

When faced with a reoccurring issue in a condominium, the Board of the Directors may want to consider implementing a restriction as a long term solution to the problem. For example, after increasing complaints of loud music at late hours, the Board of Directors may consider a restriction as to when and to what extent […]

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