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“Board Workshop Meeting Subject to Sunshine Rules,” News-Press

Q: What are the requirements for a condominium association board to hold a “workshop” meeting? Is the association still required to post notice if there is a quorum of the directors present? What if there is not a quorum present? Are minutes required? (M.M., via e-mail) A: A “board meeting” is defined as any gathering […]

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“Delinquent Owners Can’t Serve on Board,” News-Press

Q: Our condominium association’s bylaws provide that for an owner to be qualified to serve on the board, he or she cannot be delinquent more than 30 days. Our manager says the state statute says 90 days and supersedes our bylaws. Do our bylaws or the statute control? (R.G., via e-mail) A: The controlling authority […]

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“Condominium Unit Combination Raises Concerns,” News-Press

Q: The board of directors for my condominium association recently approved allowing an owner to remove the wall separating two adjacent units and to reconfigure the two units into one. Doesn’t this change the number of units in the condominium, thus, affecting everyone’s rights including what percentage of assessments we pay? (G.F., via e-mail) A: […]

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“Lowest Bidder Need Not Be Hired,” News-Press

Q: My homeowners’ association recently put out bids for repaving of our roads and hired the lowest bidder. Is this legal? (J.M., via e-mail) A: Both the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act and the Florida Condominium Act require associations to obtain competitive bids for certain contracts. Section 720.3055 of the Homeowners’ Association Act states that any […]

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“Owner Social Media Page Raises Questions,” News-Press

Q: Our homeowners’ association has a new board that is currently working on the transition from the builder. Residents have become quite vocal, and complaints are numerous about general association matters and other residents. A resident set up a social page open to members of the community, which has become predominantly a method for complaints […]

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“Association Cannot Edit Candidate Resumes,” News-Press

Q: For our condominium association’s upcoming election, the blank candidate information sheet provided by the management company has a signature and date line at the bottom. Is it required that candidates running for the board of directors to sign the candidate information sheet form after what they have written about themselves? (S.G., via e-mail) A: […]

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“E-Mail Inspection Rights Questioned,” News-Press

Q: A member of our homeowners’ association board shared a few e-mails that were sent between board members. In these e-mails, the board members discussed association business, individual homeowners, and how they planned to handle certain decisions. Are these e-mails considered public information? What is the best way for homeowners to obtain these e-mails? (T.K., […]

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“Authority of Board President Questioned,” News-Press

Q: An issue has come up in my condominium association regarding the role of the association president. Some members, including the current president, feel that the president of the association has the authority to take any action on behalf of the association without the consent of the rest of the board. Is this correct? (M.U., […]

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“Common Elements Cannot Be “Colonized,” News-Press

Q: Can the board of a condominium association allow unit owners of certain buildings to fence in areas that are defined as common areas per our declaration and plats? Once fenced, the areas would be exclusive to the respective unit owners, and not all buildings. Therefore not all members would be able to use the […]

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