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“Law Change for “55 and Over” Communities,” News-Press

Q: We heard a rumor that our “55+ Park” is no longer required to register with the state. Is this true? (D.R., via e-mail) A: Yes. Effective July 1, 2020, Section 760.29(4) of Florida Statutes was amended to delete the requirement that “housing for older persons communities,” often called “55 and over communities” register with […]

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Becker Attorneys Honored as Florida Trend 2020 Legal Elite

Becker is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. Florida Legal Elite publishes an annual roster of attorneys held in the highest regard by their peers and includes fewer than 1.4% of active Florida Bar Members practicing in Florida. The following attorneys were […]

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“Fining Procedure Discussed,” News-Press

Q: What is the maximum fine an association can impose on an owner for a rule violation? (H.H., via e-mail)A: It depends. Condominium and cooperative fines are capped at $100.00 per day, and further capped at $1,000.00 in the aggregate for continuing violations. Homeowners’ association fines may not exceed $100.00 per violation, unless otherwise provided […]

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“Backyard Clothesline Causes Flap,” News-Press

Q: There is an ongoing dispute in my homeowners’ association concerning the installation of clotheslines that we are hoping you can resolve. Some owners have stated that they are entitled to install clotheslines on their lots without regulation by the association. The board of directors has stated that while clotheslines may be installed, they may […]

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Community Update – June 2020

June means the start of Hurricane season in Florida and while we always hope for a quiet year, it’s important that your community take steps now to ensure preparedness should disaster strike. This issue includes Becker’s newly interactive 2020 Hurricane Guide which provides important tips and information to help prepare and protect your community. Make […]

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“Board’s Pandemic Restrictions Questioned,” News-Press

Q: Because of COVID-19, our homeowners’ association has prohibited guest use of our pool and fitness center. This has precluded third-party led fitness classes, even if the classes are offered outdoors. Instead, the association is allowing member-led fitness classes outdoors, like aqua aerobics and yoga, on the common areas. Is it permissible to allow members […]

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A Message from Our Management Committee

Since its founding, Becker has demonstrated a commitment to freedom, equality, and the betterment of the communities we serve. We will continue to use our resources, influence, and voice to rectify injustice and create positive change. Becker has contributed to a number of organizations that oppose racial injustice, however we realize there is more work […]

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“Association May Keep Unit Keys,” News-Press

Q: My condominium association has the digital key-code to my unit but is still insisting on having a physical key. Is the law specific on how I have granted them access to my unit? (D.L., via e-mail)

A: Section 718.111(5)(a) of the Florida Condominium Act provides that the association has the irrevocable right of access to each unit during reasonable h

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Becker Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers

June 4, 2020 – Becker is pleased to announce that fifteen of its attorneys have been named as 2020 Super Lawyers, an honor that recognizes the top 5% of the total lawyers in any given state. The following attorneys have been listed in the 2020 edition of Super Lawyers: Florida Super Lawyer Recipients Joseph E. […]

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Community Update – May 2020

We all know the old adage, “April showers bring May Flowers,” and while springtime is in full swing, it looks as though we may also be slowly emerging from the COVID-19 fog with businesses beginning to cautiously reopen across the state. The month of May also means that we are gearing up for the start […]

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“Rules are Official Records,” News-Press

Q: My condominium has a restriction against parking pick-up trucks on the community property. Where can I get the most current copy of my condominium’s policies? (S.B., via e-mail)A: Section 718.111(12) of the Florida Condominium Act requires an association to permanently maintain from the inception of the association, certain official records, including the declaration of […]

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Community Update – April 2020

 Our featured article, “Obtaining a Bank Loan; Step-by-Step,” explores the process of attaining a line of credit. A loan can help an association ensure they have necessary funding to navigate through an emergency, whether it be due to the coronavirus, hurricane season, or otherwise. We live in an age where the lack of civility has become […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations – Part V,” News-Press

Q: What are an association’s options if someone refuses to comply with our rules and protocols regarding COVID-19? A: Based on my experience, neither law enforcement nor other governmental agencies are going to get involved with rules of an association which are beyond the bare minimum requirements of law. At the risk of stating the […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations – Part IV,” News-Press

Q: Does our condominium association qualify for any federal aid due to the COVID-19 pandemic? A: This is one of the many issues where there is no clear answer and I hear diametrically opposed opinions from people whom I consider to be well-versed in legal matters pertaining to community associations. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations – Part II,” News-Press

On March 9, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency in response to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. On March 13, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump, declared a national emergency. Numerous units of state and local government around the nation have enacted similar proclamations and have implemented a variety of different […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations,” News-Press

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. States of emergency have been declared at the federal, state and many local levels. Not surprisingly, we are being asked what steps associations can and can’t (and should and shouldn’t) take. All of the association statutes in Florida contain an “emergency powers” provision that gives […]

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Community Update – March 2020

  With a growing number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout Florida and Governor DeSantis having issued a state of emergency, many are wondering what can be done. This month’s edition is focused on providing community association boards and managers with strategies that they can employ to help combat the spread of the virus. Know […]

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“Tenants Can Claim Support Animal Rights,” News-Press

Q: Our condominium documents do not permit renters to have pets. A new short-term renter in my building has a dog. When I asked the management company, I was shown a certificate for an “emotional support animal” that can be purchased online.  It is my understanding that “emotional support animals” can only break a “no […]

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“Noisy Air Conditioner Generates Complaints,” News-Press

Q: Two owners in my condominium building had their air conditioner  units moved to the roof of the building. Is this allowed? The association has not had the units moved back. Don’t we need to vote to change our common elements? (E.H., via e-mail) A: Changes to the common elements which appreciably change the appearance or […]

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“Rezoning Process Explained,” News-Press

Q: The developer of an adjacent property is attempting to rezone it. We are already facing problems due to the growth in our area. Does the local government have a legal or moral obligation to protect us? (R.Z., via e-mail) A: According to my partner Kathleen O. Berkey, AICP, Board Certified in City, County, and […]

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“Restaurant Minimums Not Unusual,” News-Press

Q: I live in a community that includes a mandatory golf club membership. The restaurant/lounge has been underperforming. The board recently imposed a minimum food and beverage purchase requirement for all members. Is this legal? (R.C., via e-mail) A: I am told that there is an old saw in the golf club industry that it […]

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“Tree Root Damage, Who is Responsible?,” News-Press

Q: I live in a gated homeowners’ association.  Roots from a tree planted on the common area has damaged my driveway.  Who is responsible for the repair? (J.K., via e-mail) A:Probably you. There are two theories which have been brought before Florida courts in an attempt to hold adjacent property owners liable for damage caused […]

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“Directors Can’t Vote by Proxy,” News-Press

Q: If a board member in a homeowners’ association can’t be present at a board meeting, can they vote in advance and in writing for a specific issue? Can another board member submit their written vote at the board meeting? (J.T., via e-mail) A: No. Section 720.303(2)(c)3 of the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act specifically provides […]

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“Death of Candidate Does Not Require New Election,” News-Press

Q: My condominium association recently held its annual election. Seven people ran for five open seats, including the five incumbent directors and two other candidates. The ballots were sent out properly. An incumbent board member passed away a week before the election. At the annual meeting, the remaining four members of the board were re-elected. […]

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“Frequency of Board Meetings Not Set by Law,” News-Press

Q: The board of my homeowners’ association has decided to meet only quarterly. Is this legal? I thought that by law the Board needed to meet ten times per year. (S.B., via e-mail) A: Section 720.303(2) (a) of the Florida Homeowner’s Association Act states that a meeting of the board occurs “whenever a quorum of […]

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“HOA Rule Amendments Must be Recorded,” News-Press

Q: Could you please tell me when the State passed legislation to require HOA’s to record its rules and regulations? (T.D., via e-mail) A: As of July 1, 2018, homeowners’ associations are required to record amendments to their rules and regulations. The recording requirement is the result of an amendment made to the Section 720.306(1)(e) […]

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“Committee Conundrum Explored,” News-Press

Q: A director on our condominium board recently resigned, but would still like to volunteer on a committee. Is this permissible? (S.F., via e-mail) A: I believe so, but the law is a bit of a mess. Section 718.103(7) of the Florida Condominium Act defines a “committee” as “a group of board members, unit owners, […]

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“50/50 Games Not Permitted,” News-Press

Q: My condominium association uses 50/50 raffles to raise funds for our committees. With the holidays around the corner and funding efforts in full effect, we are concerned about recent comments from some owners about this being illegal. Are 50/50 raffles allowed? (M.G., via e mail) A: No. I have written on this topic in […]

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“Only Directors Can Vote,” News-Press

Q: If our secretary steps down, we will only have 4 directors. How do we break a tie when voting on upcoming issues? (S.K., via e-mail) A: I think you are confusing the roles of officers and directors. Directors are elected by the members (they are “the board”) and only directors vote at meetings of […]

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“Services Not Required for ‘55 and Over’ Communities,” News-Press

Q: Some in our homeowners’ association argue we need not offer any amenities like a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce ball, bingo, community dinners, etc., in order to maintain our “55 and over” status. Others say we must have all these and maybe more. Is there a list of amenities that must be followed to […]

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“Notice of Board Meetings Must Be Properly Posted,” News-Press

Q: I purchased my condominium unit last year. Am I entitled to have a copy of the agenda for regular board meetings prior to the actual meeting or at least be provided a copy upon attendance at meeting? (H.B., via e-mail) A: Under Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Condominium Act, adequate notice […]

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“Law Does Not Limit Budget Increases,” News-Press

Q: My condominium association is confused as to how the “115% rule” applies to its budget. Is the association prohibited from adopting a budget that exceeds 115% of the preceding year’s budget? (E.O., via e-mail) A: No. Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Condominium Act, does not limit the ability of the association […]

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“Cable Rebates Questioned,” News-Press

Q: Recently our homeowners’ association negotiated a new bulk cable and internet contract. One of the new provisions of the contract is the service provider is going to pay the association over one hundred dollars for every home in the community. The money is to be paid to the association in a lump sum. Many […]

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“Manager Not Legally Required,” News-Press

Q: The board of my association is considering terminating our management company’s contract and managing the association themselves. Is this permissible or is an association required to have a professional manager? (R.B., via e-mail) A: Neither Chapter 718, Florida Statutes (the Florida Condominium Act), nor Chapter 720, Florida Statutes (the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act), require […]

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“Amendments Can Be Grouped For Voting,” News-Press

Q: My homeowners’ association is preparing to have the members vote on four different amendments to the governing documents. However, the association is proposing putting the four amendments to the owners in one vote, take it or leave it. It was my understanding that the association was required to put each amendment to a separate […]

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“Directors May Abstain From Voting,” News-Press

Q: In your column of August 5, 2018, titled “Board President Should Vote,” you state that “[u]nder previous law, directors could only abstain from voting if they had a conflict of interest” and “[u]nder current law, directors are permitted to abstain from voting without articulating a reason, though the abstention must be noted in the […]

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“Master Association Elections Can Be Confusing,” News-Press

Q: What are the Florida requirements for election of the board of directors and the eventual election of officers in a multicondominium association? Can anyone who is a member of any of the individual boards run for election? Does each association get a single vote? Does each association choose a representative who then becomes a […]

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“Hurricane Shutters Can Be Regulated,” News-Press

Q: I understood that Florida law permitted a unit owner in a condominium to install hurricane shutters to protect their unit. I was recently told by my association that only a specific type of shutter could be installed and that any other type of shutter was prohibited including putting plywood over my windows. Can the […]

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“Water Bills Can Be Split Equally,” News-Press

Q: I recently purchased a condominium unit and discovered that the water bill is paid for by the association for the entire community as part of our assessments. This seems unfair because many of the owners like ourselves only stay in the unit a few months out of the year, while other units are occupied […]

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Websites Regulated by Statute for Larger Associations

Q: We are in the process of moving our condominium association’s existing website and all the information thereon to a new platform. Can the condominium documents be posted to the main homepage or do they have to be posted in a password-protected sub-page of the website? (R.M., via e-mail) A: Whether or not your condominium […]

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“Meetings Can Be Adjourned,” News-Press

Q: My homeowners’ association is attempting to amend our governing documents. At the membership meeting where the vote was to occur, the board announced that not enough of the members had participated and the board was continuing the meeting to allow more members to vote. Is that allowed? (K.R., via e-mail) A: Maybe. Chapter 720, […]

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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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“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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Becker Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

  Becker is pleased to announce that eight attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Now in its sixteenth year, Florida Legal Elite publishes an annual roster of attorneys held in the highest regard by their peers and includes fewer than 1.3% of the active Florida Bar Members […]

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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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Shareholder Joseph E. Adams Appointed to Two Florida Bar Leadership Positions

Ft. Myers, FL – July 1, 2019 – Becker is pleased to announce that Shareholder Joseph E. Adams has been named Chair of the Florida Bar’s Condominium and Planned Development Law Certification Committee. According to The Florida Bar’s website, these committees are “charged with identifying for the general public and the profession those attorneys who […]

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27 Becker Attorneys Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law

  Becker’s Community Association practice group has been an industry leader since we opened our doors in 1973. Today, we’re proud to announce that we have the largest, dedicated team of Board Certified attorneys in Condominium and Planned Development Law in the state of Florida. Board certification demands rigorous testing and is in recognition of […]

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Super Lawyers Recognizes Sixteen Becker Attorneys in 2019 Edition

June 3, 2019 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Becker is pleased to announce that sixteen of its attorneys have been named as 2019 Super Lawyers, an honor that recognizes the top 5% of the total lawyers in any given state. The following attorneys have been listed in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers: Florida Super […]

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Community Update – May 2019

Association board members are tasked with acting in the best interest of their communities while also upholding the parameters set forth in their association’s governing documents. These documents are the cornerstone of association operations and often dictate everything from member rule enforcement to protocol for removing a delinquent officer. This month’s featured article, “Premises Liability […]

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Different Laws Govern Associations

Q: My community has both single-family homes and townhouses. A question has arisen as to whether the laws that govern condominium associations or homeowners’ associations apply. Can you clarify this for us? (B.K., via e-mail) A: The answer would depend on the language of the governing documents for your association. Condominiums are governed by Chapter […]

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Names of Unit Week Owners not Available in Timeshare Condominiums

Q:  You recently published an article stating that the names of fellow unit owners are a public record.  Is the rule the same for timeshare condominium associations? A:  No.  When it comes to providing the names (and other information) of owners of a timeshare, the “rules” are different.  Unlike the Condominium Act (Chapter 718, Florida […]

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HOA Board Can Purchase Bulk Cable and Internet

Q: The board of directors of my homeowners’ association is considering a bulk contract for cable television and internet service for our community. The association has never previously provided cable or internet service to the residents. If the contract is signed, all of the owners would be forced to pay for the service as part […]

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Hoarders Present Difficult Challenges for Association

Q: Our condominium has a “hoarder” whose unit is filled with papers, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bags, and the like. I am worried about fire hazards and vermin infestation. Neither our board nor the manager are willing to do anything about this. Does Florida law provide me with any way to cure this situation? (H.R., via […]

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“Competitive Bidding Explained,” Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

Q: My condominium association recently solicited bids for major repairs to our condominium buildings. The cost of the project is several hundred thousand dollars. At the recent board meeting where the contractor was selected, the board discussed all of the bids and voted to proceed with a particular contractor. However, this contractor was not the […]

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“Owner Vote Not Required to Purchase Unit in Foreclosure,” Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

Q: We have an owner who stopped paying their assessments to our condominium association. The association recorded a lien against the unit and foreclosed. The association was the only bidder at the foreclosure sale. Now some unit owners are saying that the board of directors acted inappropriately and there should have been a vote of […]

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“Subdivision Lots Subject to Easement Rights,” Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog

Q: What homeowners’ association activity is allowed within “access easements” and “lake maintenance easements?” We own the title to our lots but these easements against our property are set forth in our documents. Does this give the association or other owners the right to come on our property? (J.S., via e-mail) A: The answer to […]

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Who Replaces Condominium Building Windows?

Q: The windows in my condominium unit need to be replaced. My condominium association is stating that windows are my responsibility. Because the windows are part of the exterior building, doesn’t Florida law require the association to replace the windows? (S.R, via e-mail) A: The Florida Condominium Act does not specifically address whether the association […]

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Community Update – December 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at a selection of our most popular Community Update articles. From changes in law to navigating and implementing rules for your association, here are the top five most read articles from this year. For those concerned with regulating smoking in the common areas of your association, Smoking […]

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Special Assessment Leftover Funds Must Be Returned or Credited To Account

Q: Our condominium association board levied a special assessment for Hurricane Irma damage. Our insurance claim settled for more than we expected, resulting in an excess of funds due to the special assessment. What happens to this leftover money? (S.S., via e-mail) A: Sections 718.116(10) of the Florida Condominium Act provides that funds collected from […]

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Community Update – October 2018

Fear not! We’ve got nothing here to scare you. Rather than something spooky on Halloween, we’re aiming for items that are helpful to clarify or ease the board member or management responsibilities you have for your community. So yes, it’s a treat! Our first article, Term Limit Law Continues to Spark Controversy, takes a look […]

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President Not A Tie-Breaker

Q: Recently, a member of our board of directors resigned, leaving my condominium association with six board members. The board met in a closed meeting to consider appointing someone to fill this vacancy The board voted three times to appoint a person to fill the vacancy and each time the vote was tied at three […]

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Board Spending Authority Not Unlimited

Q: My condominium association has a number of committees including a social committee. Recently there was a discussion at a board meeting concerning the association paying for certain social committee activities, including providing food and drinks at parties. However, the board stated that it cannot use the association’s funds to pay for social events and […]

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Committees Not Required by Law

Q:  I have served on my condominium association’s landscape committee for the past several years. The committee is responsible for reviewing the association’s landscaping, coordinating with our landscape contractor, and making suggestions to the board.  At a recent board meeting, the new board, which was elected a few months ago, discussed the status of all […]

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Board Cannot Vote by Email

Q: My condominium association recently engaged an attorney and a question has come up as to whom the attorney represents, the association, the board members, the management company, the owners, or all of the above. Who is the attorney’s client? (G.F. via e-mail) A: The attorney represents the association as a corporate entity and does […]

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Board President Should Vote

Q: There is some confusion when the president of my association is required to vote. Does the president vote whenever the rest of the directors vote on an issue, or is the president only supposed to vote in order to break a tie? (V.B.) A: The board president is almost always a director and most […]

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“Non-Vote” Can Be A “No Vote”

Q: The declaration of covenants for our homeowners’ association says that it can be amended by a “two-thirds vote.” There are 120 lots in our community. Most people believe that we need 80 votes (two-thirds of all lots) to amend this document. There is a “parliamentarian” on our board. He argues that under Robert’s Rules […]

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HOA Governing Documents Explained

Q: I recently purchased a home in a development that is under a homeowners’ association. When I purchased, I received “the documents” for our community. I am confused how these documents relate to each other and what the different documents are supposed to mean. Can you clarify the differences between the documents for me? I […]

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Seven Becker Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Becker is proud to announce that seven of our shareholders were recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Alan Becker, Steve Lesser and Ken Direktor from our Ft. Lauderdale office, Marilyn Perez-Martinez and Hugo Alvarez from the Miami office, Gary Schaaf from our Tampa office, and Joseph E. Adams from […]

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28 Becker Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers

Becker proudly congratulates our attorneys selected as Super Lawyers. As of 2018, we boast 28 lawyers who have received this prestigious designation. Please click on their names to read more about each of these attorneys. Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate (Office Managing Shareholder, Fort Myers/Naples) Hugo V. Alvarez, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Real Estate […]

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Can or Should Community Associations Impose Firearm Regulations through Governing Documents

The recent senseless slaughter of school children in Parkland, Florida has fueled and reignited the long-simmering debate about gun control in our society. Community associations are not immune to violent tragedies, including gun deaths. We are all familiar with the case involving Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch […]

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Legislative Review Wrap-Up

This week we conclude our annual review of 2018 legislation affecting Florida community associations, with a review of the amendments to Chapter 712 of the Florida Statutes, the Marketable Record Title Act, or MRTA, which become effective on October 1, 2018. MRTA is primarily intended to facilitate real estate transactions, by eliminating “stale claims” against […]

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Legislative Review Continues

Today’s column continues our annual review of legislation affecting Florida community associations, effective July 1, 2018. E-Mail Communication by HOA Board Members Members of the board may use e-mail as a means of communication but may not cast a vote on an association matter via e-mail. This change makes the law for all three types […]

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Continuing Legislative Review

Today’s column is the fourth installment of our annual review of the new laws affecting community associations and will continue our review of the new laws affecting cooperatives, which will become effective July 1, 2018. So far we have looked at changes to the Cooperative Act involving official records and board member eligibility. Cooperative Meeting […]

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Continuing Legislative Review

Today’s column is the third installment of our annual review of the new laws affecting condominium associations and will begin to review the new laws affecting cooperatives, which will become effective July 1, 2018. So far we have looked at changes to the condominium laws involving official records, websites, financial reports, meeting notices, term limits, […]

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16 Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – February 6, 2018 – Becker & Poliakoff today announced that 16 of its attorneys have been named as top lawyers in the state for 2018 by Florida Super Lawyers. Here are the Becker & Poliakoff attorneys designated as Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate […]

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Five Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that five of our shareholders were recently recognized in the 2017 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Alan Becker, Steve Lesser and Ken Direktor from our Ft. Lauderdale office, Steve Mezer from our Tampa office, and Joseph Adams from the Fort Myers office were among the list of 1,080 honorees, published in the July issue of […]

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15 Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – June 8, 2017 – Becker & Poliakoff today announced that 15 of its attorneys have been named as top lawyers in the state for 2017 by Florida Super Lawyers. Here are the Becker & Poliakoff attorneys designated as Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate […]

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Defending (My) Our Castle: A Look at Gun Regulation by Community Associations

On September 6, 2012, David Merritt, president of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association, called a homeowners association meeting to order. Approximately 30 minutes later, Merritt, and former president of Spring Creek Marvin Fisher, would be fatally shot by their neighbor, Mahmood Hindi. The dispute between Hindi and Spring Creek involved an unapproved driveway and fence […]

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Florida Trend Names Six Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys as Legal Elite

Now in its 13th year, Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. The 1,144 lawyers listed in this section exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues. The following attorneys have been selected by […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Named to 2014 Florida Trend Legal Elite

FT. LAUDERDALE, July 29, 2014 – Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that five of its shareholders were named to the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite listing. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top two percent of lawyers practicing within the state. Joseph E. Adams, managing […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Shareholders Inducted Into Florida Trend Legal Elite “Hall Of Fame”

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, July 24, 2013 – Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that three of its shareholders have been recognized with “Hall of Fame” induction as part of the 2013 Florida Trend Florida Legal Elite listing. The Florida Trend Legal Elite honors the top lawyers in the state as selected by their peers.  As […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Issues Open Letter to Florida Legislators Regarding HB 319

New Condominium Legislation Seeks to Curb Predatory Collection Agency Practices and Mounting Lawsuits Against Associations For Immediate Release Media Contact: Alan Penchansky The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: alan@thepengroup.com FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Feb 16, 2012 – Becker & Poliakoff today made public an Open Letter Regarding HB 319 issued to Florida’s legislators by Joseph Adams, managing shareholder in […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Announces Legal Elite Winners

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, August 9, 2011 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. announced that five of its attorneys were selected by Florida Trend magazine for inclusion in the 2011 Legal Elite listing. “Legal Elite” is a peer recognition program highlighting the top 2% of Florida lawyers. In its eighth year, the Legal Elite recognized 1,352 lawyers, as voted on by […]

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Exclusive 2010 “Florida Super Lawyers” Rating Goes to Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys

Annual Thomson Reuters Rankings Based on Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement For Immediate Release Media Contact: Alan Penchansky The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: alan@thepengroup.com   FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, June 21, 2010 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. today announced that several attorneys were selected for inclusion in the exclusive 2010 “Florida Super Lawyers” and the […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Joseph E. Adams and Herbert Brock, Jr. Named “Florida Super Lawyers”

Annual Rankings Based on Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement For Immediate Release Media Contact: Alan Penchansky The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: alan@thepengroup.com FT. MYERS, FL, June 18, 2010 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. today announced that shareholders Joseph E. Adams and Herbert Brock, Jr., attorneys in the firm’s Southwest Florida practice, were selected for the 2010 Florida […]

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