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“Does New Law SB 72 Protect Community Associations From COVID-19 Claims?,” Daily Business Review

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 72 into law on March 29. For some time, volunteer community association boards, their managers, and professional advisers have worried that private residential communities might be subject to potential claims related to how the board managed (or in some cases, mismanaged) the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past year, many […]

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“Know When To Call Your Professional,” FCAP Managers Report

What a year. Because of COVID-19 issues, associations have dealt with owners working from home, children remote learning, contractor issues, common area issues, the pool, the gym, the visitors, the cleaning, the quarantine, the masks, and so on. Quite a year indeed. Many associations have spent more time speaking with their attorney, and hopefully insurance […]

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“Hurricane Shutter Policies Raise Questions,” News-Press

Q: Can hurricane shutters remain closed when a home is unoccupied throughout the summer, even when there is not an active threat of a storm? (D.F., via e-mail) A: It depends on the local codes and ordinances regulating the home, and the terms of your association’s governing documents. The Florida Fire Prevention Code and the […]

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“Governor Signs COVID-19 Immunity Bill,” News-Press

Most readers of this column know that each year, over the summer, we typically review the year’s legislative applicable to community associations. While I will do so, and there is some significant legislation that appears poised to pass, a recently enacted law dealing with COVID-19 liability is worthy of discussion now. On March 27, 2021, […]

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“Community Association Q&A: Are Videos Official Records?,” Naples Daily News

Q: My condominium association has installed several security cameras in the common areas, including the pool area. There was an incident between myself and another owner last week at the pool and I requested a copy of the security camera video footage. I submitted my request to the manager in writing, but the manager has […]

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“HOA Election Procedures Explained,” News-Press

Q: What is the accepted practice that my homeowners’ association should follow for opening and counting secret ballots used to elect the board? (J.D., via e-mail) A: Section 720.306(8) of the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act provides that if the governing documents permit voting by secret ballot by members who are not in attendance at a […]

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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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“Planning For A Possible Increase in Delinquencies as a Result of the Pandemic,” Community Trends Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic has been with us for approximately one year and among many unanswered questions is the potential future impact on the ability of community associations to collect monthly maintenance fees. While the majority of communities have not seen a significant increase in delinquencies as a result of the pandemic, there remains concern that […]

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“What It Means To Me To Have Served In The Military,” Community Living

In 1975 I joined the military as a 17-year-old right out of high school. I always wanted to be in the military and felt everyone should serve this great country of ours in one way or another. I served three years as an enlisted man, then received my officer’s commission through the ROTC program. I […]

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“Condominium Association Elections – The Who, What, When, & Where,” FCAP Managers Report

Your condominium association elections for your Board of Directors are governed by the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes), and Rule 61B-23.0021 of the Florida Administrative Code. Your association governing documents may also contain requirements for your election. Generally, these requirements are contained in the association’s By-Laws. With this in mind, there […]

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