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“Being Recalled Does Not Prohibit Future Service On Board,” News-Press

Q: A group of owners in my condominium association are considering recalling certain members of our board of directors. However, a question has arisen as to how long a recalled person is barred from serving on the Board. (B.K., via e-mail) A:  Section 718.112(2)(j) of the Florida Condominium Act states that the unit owners are […]

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“Flags Governed By Statute,” News-Press

Q: An issue has arisen in my homeowners’ association concerning what flags are permitted to be flown by homeowners. Certain owners have begun flying historic versions of the American flag stating that they are allowed to do so under the law. Can you give some guidance on this issue? (M.H., via e-mail) A: Section 720.304(2)(a) […]

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Hiring your own Public Adjuster – A Survey and Chance to WIN $100

This survey addressing your past experience with insurance claims and adjusters is the ultimate survey in our summer series for community association owners, board members, and management professionals. Your participation is fundamental to CALL’s efforts to provide real data to your public policymakers when we discuss the impact legislation has on private communities across Florida. […]

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Is It Time to Amend Your Documents?

As the saying goes, change is the only constant in life. This fact, which is absolutely true, applies equally to boards of directors of community associations who are tasked with operating their communities consistently with the existing documents even if those documents no longer fit the needs of the community or no longer comply with […]

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“Transfer Approval Fees Restricted By Law,” News-Press

  Q:  My condominium association states that under Florida Statute 718.112 they can charge a fee when someone is buying a condominium of $100.00 per applicant. They call it a transfer fee, yet in reading the statute one cannot charge husband/wife and parent/dependent child as two separate people. They said that they have every right […]

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“Weathering The Storm: A Top 10 List For Condo and HOA Boards,” Miami Herald

As all Floridians know, storm season can be a very hectic time. Preparation for – as well as the aftermath of – storms is stressful. Board members of community associations are hit particularly hard by the nerve-wracking days of hurricane season because not only do they have to worry about themselves, they also have to […]

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“Former Felon Board Member Eligibility,” FCAP Managers Report

Fla. Stat. §§ 718.112, 719.106 and 720.306 each contain a limitation on an individual’s ability to serve on a community association board of directors if the person is a convicted felon. Specifically, a convicted felon is not eligible to serve on a community association board “unless such felon’s civil rights have been restored for at […]

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Another Step Forward for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual

We are near the end of the beginning of the work the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do to complete the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (“LOSOM”). The Process Lake Okeechobee, the second largest fresh water lake located contiguously within the United States, is the heart of the Everglades. As such, it continues […]

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New Far/Bar Rider for Miami-Dade County Residential Property

  Effective June, 2019, The FAR/BAR Contract documents now include a new Rider: CC. Miami-Dade County Special Taxing District Disclosure. Rider “CC.” should be used with contracts for the sale of certain residential property in Miami-Dade County.  The rider stems from an amendment to Sec. 18-20.2 of the Miami-Dade County Code which requires that sellers […]

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Leftover Funds Must Be Returned or Credited

Q: Our association levied a special assessment after Hurricane Irma for cleaning up our property and repairing some minor damage to the buildings. The damages were not bad enough to reach our insurance deductible. The board ended up spending quite a bit less than they assessed for, and decided to put the left over money […]

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