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“Mixed Messaging on Solar Panels Penalizes Florida Homeowners Seeking to Save Energy” – Miami Herald

In this op-ed for the Miami Herald, Becker Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger, dissects the conflict that solar panels can cause between insurers and homeowners. While homeowners do have a right, insurers often cite risk of injury, the use of the building for commercial purposes, and the risk of roof uplift during heavy winds. Until Florida’s […]

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“Why Hiring A Board-Certified Lawyer Makes Sense” – Miami Herald

Consumers of legal services often seek to hire legal counsel for a variety of matters including personal injury, accident, divorce, a business dispute, real estate transaction, or probate matters. Finding the right lawyer can be challenging for the consumer that is often bombarded with television advertising highlighting certain lawyers, along with billboards, internet reviews, and […]

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“Fuzzy Government Rules Leave Condo Boards in Coronavirus Quandary,” Miami Herald

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 curve ball heads our way. The lessons our boards, residents and managers have learned over the […]

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“Opinion: Condos and HOAs Should Avoid Rushing to Open Common Areas,” Miami Herald

With Jacksonville beaches now open for limited purposes and more to follow in the coming days and weeks, members of your private residential community may be even less tolerant about common amenities remaining closed. However, convenience must always be subordinated to life safety. The same steps used by your board to evaluate when and how […]

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“Opinion: Condo Associations Must Set Clear Coronavirus Rules – and Enforce Them,” Miami Herald

Shared ownership communities have heeded the call and have implemented COVID-19 protocol, reshaping their daily operations to better safeguard their residents. In the past few weeks, the governor and Florida cities and counties have revised their emergency orders numerous times to take into account the pandemic’s growing threat. Many communities also revised and tightened their […]

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“Water leaks in your condo: Who’s responsible? | Opinion,” Miami Herald

There are many advantages to living in a multifamily condo or coop building in South Florida: great views, enviable locations and abundant amenities. However, there is always the possibility of water leaks. Not surprisingly, when these leaks occur, there is often an inherent tension and finger-pointing between the owner who suffers interior damage and the […]

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“Condo Boards Can’t Turn Down Applicants Just Because They Don’t Like Them,” Miami Herald

“If I like you, you’re in.” Those words were uttered by the board president of the first condominium unit I bought right out of law school. At the time, I wasn’t going to quibble about whether or not this screening procedure was legitimate. Many community association residents expect their board members and managers to thoroughly […]

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“Opinion: Bill Would Benefit Condo Communities by Cutting Down on Support-Animal Fraud,” Miami Herald

Private residential communities currently deal with a plethora of Emotional Support Animal (ESA) requests, however there may be hope on the horizon. Newly filed bill, HB 209, could help grant some relief to those who are trying to fraudulently pass off their furry (or scaly companions), if it passes in the 2020 Florida legislative session. […]

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“For Some Condo Associations, ‘Short-Term Rentals’ Are Dirty Words,” Miami Herald

Short-term rentals are “dirty words” in some condominium, cooperative, and homeowners associations’ vocabularies. A large number of residents and board members believe that platforms like Airbnb will increase crime and nuisances in their communities. Recently, there has been a major push to prohibit these activities altogether. Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger has penned an informative article […]

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“Weathering The Storm: A Top 10 List For Condo and HOA Boards,” Miami Herald

As all Floridians know, storm season can be a very hectic time. Preparation for – as well as the aftermath of – storms is stressful. Board members of community associations are hit particularly hard by the nerve-wracking days of hurricane season because not only do they have to worry about themselves, they also have to […]

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