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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 24, 2019

THE HOUSE The House will continue consideration of H.R. 3055, a five-bill package encompassing appropriations spending for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Interior, Veteran’s Affairs, Transportation and HUD, among others, for FY-20. The House is also considering H.R. 3351, the FY-20 Financial Services spending bill and H.R. 2722 which discusses elections security. House Democrats […]

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Episode 06: Can Associations Force Residents to Leave During a Hurricane? – “Can They Do That?”

Not everyone chooses to evacuate during dangerous storms. Can community associations force residents to leave? Can they turn off the power and elevators, leaving those who stay stranded? Community association members across the state are asking, “Can They Do That?” When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than […]

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Becker Hosts Lex Fellows in Washington, D.C.

Becker’s Federal Lobbying Team was honored to host Lex Fellows in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office this week. Managing Director Omar Franco and Senior Government Relations Consultant Clarence Williams spoke to Lex Fellows about their role as lobbyists and reviewed a case study together on the Federal RFP process. The Lex Fellowship is a global […]

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Can You Lose Your Escrow Deposit Because Your Buyer’s Agent or Lender is Not Diligent?

In 2017, the Florida Bar and Florida Realtors made significant changes to the “As-Is” Residential Contract for Purchase and Sale and the FAR/BAR Standard Contract. One of the biggest and more controversial of the changes was the replacement of the phrase “loan commitment” with “loan approval,” and the duties such change imposed on any prospective […]

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Directors Voting – Dispelling Myths

Every director who sits on the board of a homeowners association gets a voice in the operations of the association.  The questions I receive are more about how that voice is exercised through a vote.  For instance, some directors travel quite a bit, whether for work or play is irrelevant.  The directors however are entitled […]

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PSA: Condominiums and Websites

I have previously written a few articles for our Community Update about the website requirement for condominiums operating at least 150 units.  Just recently, I represented a condominium that was being investigated by the Division of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), for among other things, failing to have a website.

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