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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 14, 2020

THE HOUSE The House formally returns to session on Monday with a series of votes on a number of non-controversial bills in the evening. The pressure on House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is increasing as negotiations on another coronavirus relief bill have stalled. Democratic Leadership has thus far been steadfast in their calls for […]

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Community Update – August 2020

Have you heard the news? We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Association Adjusting, the one and only public adjusting company that exclusively serves community associations throughout Florida. Association Adjusting is a licensed and insured public adjusting firm led by Joseph “Joe” Connelly, an advocate for insurance consumers for more than a decade. We hope […]

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Hurricane Insurance Claims for Condominium Associations

There is a lot of information on how associations can prepare for hurricanes but much less information as to what happens after the hurricane, particularly as it pertains to insurance claims. A question that managers and board members need to consider is, what is required after a hurricane to ensure compliance with your insurance policy […]

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What to Do When a Vendor Damages Association Property

Service providers often cause property damage in community associations. Imagine a furniture delivery driver in a rush to make his next appointment, clipping your community’s security gate and taking a portion of it down the road, or a garbage truck leaking hydraulic fluid on your community roadways, leaving permanent stains. What should your association do […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for the Lost Wages Assistance Program to Provide Needed Relief to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is authorized by Presidential Memorandum, and provides claimants in most Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs up to $400 per week additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 3, 2020

Following a weekend of discussions, the four main players in the latest round of coronavirus relief negotiations – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin – met again this afternoon in the Capitol. Despite meeting for two hours, it […]

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Senate Introduces HEALS Act – First Step Toward Passage of Next Coronavirus Relief Package

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the HEALS Act, the first step in negotiations toward passage of the next coronavirus relief package. I’ve attached the section by section and wanted to first give you a few headlines related to local government needs: The HEALS Act does not allocate additional state and local aid beyond […]

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Does My Association Include Fully Funded Reserves in Its Proposed Budget?

With the budget season approaching, many condominium associations may wonder how to prepare a budget when it’s anticipated that members will vote to waive or partially fund reserves. The board must create a proposed annual budget that includes estimated revenues and expenses. In addition to annual operating expenses, Section 718.112(2)(f)(2)a, Florida Statutes, requires the proposed […]

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