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“Can a Married Couple Both Serve on the Board?” – Naples Daily News

Q: Can a husband and wife both serve on the same condominium board of directors? T.H. A: Maybe. If the husband and wife are both co-owners of a unit (i.e., both names listed on the deed), a provision from the Florida Condominium Act addresses the issue raised in your question. This provision states that, in […]

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Questions Linger Regarding the New Law Addressing Building Safety

Q:  I read the articles summarizing the new law that addresses building safety for certain condominiums. In my condominium association, the owners are responsible for their windows, not the association. However, if I understand it correctly, the new law requires the association to reserve for window replacement. How will this requirement work in a community […]

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“Summary of New Law Addressing Building Safety” – Naples Daily News

Q:  I’ve heard about a brand-new law which addresses building safety for certain types of condominiums.  What does the new law say and what impacts will it have? B.Z. A: During the Florida Legislature’s Regular Session, held earlier this year, there were several bills filed which were intended to address the Surfside tragedy.  None of […]

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“Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst: Preparing for the 2022 Hurricane Season” – Naples Daily News

Q: My condominium association just sent all owners a copy of a hurricane plan that lists the actions the association will take if our area is impacted by a hurricane watch or warning. If the association is responsible for protecting the condominium building, what should I do to prepare my Unit for a possible storm? […]

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“Must Owners Approve New Flooring in Clubhouse?” – Naples Daily News

Q: The new board at my condominium removed the carpet in the clubhouse and had luxury vinyl flooring installed in its place. Weren’t they required to get owner approval before making this type of change? D.M. A: Maybe. Replacing carpet with vinyl flooring in the clubhouse will be considered a material alteration. The Florida Condominium Act […]

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“Director Compensation: Do I Get Paid for This?” – Naples Daily News

Q:  I am considering running for the board of my condominium association. However, there is a lot of work involved in being on the Board. It can be a thankless position, which discourages many owners from volunteering. Can we compensate the members of the board as a way to encourage people to serve? (T.B. via […]

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“Will Mistake Require A New Election?” – Naples Daily News

Q:  I recently lost the election at my condominium by a few votes.  Although my name was on the ballot, my resume was not included with the ballot mailout.  Doesn’t this require the association to have another election? T.V. A:      If you timely submitted your candidate information sheet, and you can provide that you did, […]

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“Are Fines for Speeding Legal?,” Naples Daily News

Q: My community has set up various speed monitoring devices along the most travelled road. The board is now fining residents for speeding violations. Is this legal? What is the process for imposing a fine and can these fines result in a lien? D.V. A: Fines can be levied for violations of the governing documents, […]

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“Changing Tile a Material Alteration?” Naples Daily News

Q: My condominium is thinking about changing the floors in the entrance area and lobbies from ceramic tile to granite tile. Would changing the flooring tiles be considered a material alteration requiring approval of the members? W.D. A: Under Florida law, a change to the common elements is considered a material alteration or addition, if […]

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