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“Law Change for “55 and Over” Communities,” News-Press

Q: We heard a rumor that our “55+ Park” is no longer required to register with the state. Is this true? (D.R., via e-mail) A: Yes. Effective July 1, 2020, Section 760.29(4) of Florida Statutes was amended to delete the requirement that “housing for older persons communities,” often called “55 and over communities” register with […]

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“Fining Procedure Discussed,” News-Press

Q: What is the maximum fine an association can impose on an owner for a rule violation? (H.H., via e-mail)A: It depends. Condominium and cooperative fines are capped at $100.00 per day, and further capped at $1,000.00 in the aggregate for continuing violations. Homeowners’ association fines may not exceed $100.00 per violation, unless otherwise provided […]

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“Backyard Clothesline Causes Flap,” News-Press

Q: There is an ongoing dispute in my homeowners’ association concerning the installation of clotheslines that we are hoping you can resolve. Some owners have stated that they are entitled to install clotheslines on their lots without regulation by the association. The board of directors has stated that while clotheslines may be installed, they may […]

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“Board’s Pandemic Restrictions Questioned,” News-Press

Q: Because of COVID-19, our homeowners’ association has prohibited guest use of our pool and fitness center. This has precluded third-party led fitness classes, even if the classes are offered outdoors. Instead, the association is allowing member-led fitness classes outdoors, like aqua aerobics and yoga, on the common areas. Is it permissible to allow members […]

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“Association May Keep Unit Keys,” News-Press

Q: My condominium association has the digital key-code to my unit but is still insisting on having a physical key. Is the law specific on how I have granted them access to my unit? (D.L., via e-mail)

A: Section 718.111(5)(a) of the Florida Condominium Act provides that the association has the irrevocable right of access to each unit during reasonable h

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