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“Board Workshops Covered by Sunshine Law” – News-Press

Q: I understand that if the board of directors posts notice for a meeting, and a majority of board members are there, that is a board meeting. However, what if a board just holds a workshop to discuss certain items and to get input, but no vote is taken. What is that, and is that […]

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“Can a Married Couple Both Serve on the Board?” – Naples Daily News

Q: Can a husband and wife both serve on the same condominium board of directors? T.H. A: Maybe. If the husband and wife are both co-owners of a unit (i.e., both names listed on the deed), a provision from the Florida Condominium Act addresses the issue raised in your question. This provision states that, in […]

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“Management of Community Amenities, Landscaping, and Pests” – FCAP Managers Report

Have you ever asked yourself, why would anyone want to live in a community that could restrict your every move? The answer may surprise you:  a change in lifestyle. What exactly draws individuals to homeowners and condominium communities? The various amenities and an impressive, well-manicured landscape, the likes only seen at five-star hotels. However, that new […]

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Take It To the Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part II

In this second of our two-part episode, host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, continue their conversation about how properties in the county are appraised, how those appraisals can change over time and why Marty’s Office is a helpful resource that all of Broward’s two million residents should know about. Marty is a lifelong […]

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“‘Estoppel’ Fee Explained” – News-Press

Q: I recently contacted my condominium association to get an account status for refinancing my mortgage. I was charged $299.00, which seems like a lot. Is this a valid charge? (J.R., via e-mail) A: The Condominium Act, the Cooperative Act, and the Homeowners’ Association Act, all regulate the amount the associations can charge for “estoppel […]

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“Neighbor Complaint Letters Not Confidential” – News-Press

Q: Our association has a requirement that no cars be parked in the street. I keep receiving letters from the manager saying that keeping a car parked in front of my house is a violation and that the letters are because of complaints from my neighbors. Am I allowed to be told who complained? (M.P., […]

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“Mixed Messaging on Solar Panels Penalizes Florida Homeowners Seeking to Save Energy” – Miami Herald

In this op-ed for the Miami Herald, Becker Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger, dissects the conflict that solar panels can cause between insurers and homeowners. While homeowners do have a right, insurers often cite risk of injury, the use of the building for commercial purposes, and the risk of roof uplift during heavy winds. Until Florida’s […]

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Community Update – August 2022

This month’s edition of CUP is packed with insightful information. In addition to our featured articles, be sure to check out new episodes of the Take it to the Board Podcast including conversations with community association professional coach, Carmelo Millimaci, and Broward County Property Appraiser, Marty Kiar. Also, find out why it’s important to do your due […]

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CALL ALERT: Upcoming Deadline for Elevator Upgrades

By December 31, 2023, safety door closing devices must be installed on all elevators in Florida. These requirements originated with the DBPR and were incorporated within the Florida Administrative Code and the Florida Building Code. On March 23, 2021, the DBPR adopted Section 61C-5.001, Florida Administrative Code, which incorporates several provisions of the American Society […]

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Take It To the Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part I

With Trim Notices having just gone out to Broward County property owners, our conversation with Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, is especially timely. Marty’s Office serves Broward’s two million residents. He is a lifelong resident himself, as well as an attorney, and has an extensive career in local politics. Marty has served on the […]

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