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Florida Supreme Court Rules COVID-19 Pandemic Constitutes “Natural Emergency”

Governor Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency by 60 Days – Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits May Be Available to Associations Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain States of Emergency are declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an […]

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Industrial Real Estate in the New COVID-19 World

The long-term effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic should boost demand for industrial and logistics focused real estate in Florida and throughout the country in large part because of the following reasons: Acceleration of E-Commerce: Even as the country slowly re-opens, many believe that consumer behavior and the proclivity towards e-commerce will persist, causing the […]

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Slowly Getting Over the Hump: Addressing Speeding with Traffic Calming Devices

Between kids at play, exterior maintenance projects, pedestrians, and cyclists, your association could be seriously impacted by speeders. As a follow up to Jennifer Horan, Esquire’s article “Slow Your Roll: How to Address Speeding Issues in your Association,” published on October 28, 2019, can or should your association install traffic calming devices, like speed bumps […]

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Opening the Flood Gates

REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIMMING POOL OPENINGS IN NEW JERSEY EXECUTIVE ORDER 153 and DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STANDARDS On June 9, Governor Murphy announced that public swimming pools, including community association pools, may open on June 22, 2020, provided compliance with all requirements to be set forth by the standards of the New Jersey Department of Health […]

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Property Improvements Through Programs Such as PACE: Understanding the Issues

Property owners have often found that improving their property to make them more energy efficient or wind resistant is expensive. However, our legislators authorized Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to help homeowners finance the cost of those home improvements. PACE programs are specifically designed to assist both residential and commercial property owners to finance […]

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Residential Real Estate: Choosing a Title Agent is More Important Than You May Think

There are many critical parts to a residential real estate transaction that must fall into place in order for the closing to take place smoothly and on time. The first time home purchaser or novice residential real estate investor may not understand what goes on behind the curtain. While angst is understandable, it can be […]

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New Regulations for Common Interest Communities Concerning Elections and Board Meetings

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards (DCA) published new regulations under the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (PREDFDA) on May 18, 2020. These new regulations are intended to serve as an update to the Radburn Election Law (P.L. 2017, Ch. 106) and will have a significant effect […]

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Hurricane Insurance Claim Deadlines

Almost three years have passed since Hurricane Irma and almost two years since Hurricane Michael. If your community has received insurance money and rebuilt, or if your community has only suffered minor damages, both hurricanes may seem a lifetime ago. Unfortunately, many communities are still suffering through unpaid claims and, in many cases, unknown damages.

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Does A Director of a Condominium Association Have to Also Be a Member?

While it may seem to many unit owners that a director must also be a member of the association, this is not necessarily the case. This question is document driven. If the governing documents of a condominium association do not specifically require that a director also be a unit owner / member, then under Florida […]

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