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SPOTLIGHT: Donna DiMaggio Berger, Community Association Law

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker showcases the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service.  Donna DiMaggio Berger is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law, founder and executive director of Becker’s Community Association Leadership Lobby, and member of the […]

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“Weighing the Costs: Common Sense/‘Cents’ COVID-19 Measures for Community Associations Reopening Common Elements and Common Facilities,” FCAP Managers Report

One full year into the COVID-19 pandemic and people have really started to appreciate (or abhor) their neighbors. The extra time at home or stuck in one’s condominium unit has caused an increased sense of awareness and, in some cases, aggravation regarding the comings and goings and habits of our neighbors. Many community associations, and […]

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“Association Cannot Edit Candidate Resumes,” News-Press

Q: For our condominium association’s upcoming election, the blank candidate information sheet provided by the management company has a signature and date line at the bottom. Is it required that candidates running for the board of directors to sign the candidate information sheet form after what they have written about themselves? (S.G., via e-mail) A: […]

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Should Condominium Associations Be Permitted to Invest Operating & Reserve Funds? SB 1490 Says Yes!

For years there have been significant legal constraints on a condominium association’s ability to use reserve funds. In addition to the statutory requirement to obtain membership approval for non-designated reserve usage, the prevailing school of thought was that association funds could not be invested since investments can and do fail.

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“Community Association Q&A: Access to Minutes, Violation Letters?” Naples Daily News

Q: There are numerous parking violations and pet violations occurring in my condominium community. I don’t believe the board and manager are taking proper enforcement actions. Are owners entitled to review board meeting minutes to see what, if anything, is being done to address these ongoing violations? Am I entitled to copies of any demand […]

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“E-Mail Inspection Rights Questioned,” News-Press

Q: A member of our homeowners’ association board shared a few e-mails that were sent between board members. In these e-mails, the board members discussed association business, individual homeowners, and how they planned to handle certain decisions. Are these e-mails considered public information? What is the best way for homeowners to obtain these e-mails? (T.K., […]

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IN THE MEDIA: Jennifer Horan

Jennifer Horan has spent over twelve years addressing and resolving a myriad of issues facing community, condo, and homeowners’ associations. Below is a collection of her insights regarding association board roles and responsibilities, managing disputes, COVID-19 health and safety protocols and enforcement, and more. BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES What to Know About Spouses Running for […]

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Donna DiMaggio Berger Appears in Season 2 Episode 10 of the Castle Group’s Association Leadership Webinar Series

Becker Community Association Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger participated in Season 2, Episode 10 of the Castle Group’s Association Leadership webinar series. She was joined by Castle Group Founder and CEO James Donnelly for a discussion on association leadership and how to deal with COVID-19 stressed residents in your community. Watch the webinar replay.

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SB 522 Makes it Harder for Local Governments to Restrict Airbnb; Bad Construction Bill Filed; No More Sprinkler Relief for Older High-Rises

SB 522 (Diaz) is designed to preempt regulation of short-term rentals to the State of Florida. In effect, this bill would prohibit a local government from passing a law, ordinance or regulation prohibiting or regulating the duration of vacation rentals. Thankfully there is currently a specific exemption under the bill for condominium, cooperative and HOA […]

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“Authority of Board President Questioned,” News-Press

Q: An issue has come up in my condominium association regarding the role of the association president. Some members, including the current president, feel that the president of the association has the authority to take any action on behalf of the association without the consent of the rest of the board. Is this correct? (M.U., […]

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