Rembaum's Association Roundup

HOW TO REMOVE TROUBLESOME TREES

A great many streets in Florida’s residential communities are lined with oak trees. While they can look so appealing as a canopy, many of these trees can raise sidewalks and driveways. Their massive roots can grow into plumbing lines, cause various trip hazards and kill the grass, too.  Until recently, it was very problematic to remove these trees for a variety reasons. […]

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PAYMENTS: The Hidden Trap

originally published in the Florida Community Association Journal, February 2020 edition The owner of real property can end up paying twice when they pay their general contractor who, in turn, fails to pay the subcontractors and suppliers. However, this very real consequence can be avoided, too. While drafted to protect contractors and suppliers, Florida law also […]

New CEU Requirements for Licensed Community Association Managers

Effective August 15, 2019, the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers changed the requirements for continuing education for license renewal. The number of hours required have been reduced from 20 to 15 hours each license period. The new requirements are: All community association manager licensees must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing […]

Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009: Resurrected and Here to Stay

On May 20 2009, just after the peak of the national foreclosure crisis, a federal statute was enacted to help protect a residential tenant who was renting a unit subject to foreclosure from being evicted without being afforded a reasonable amount of time to find alternative housing. The federal law was known as “Protecting Tenants […]

The Lurking Danger of Association Websites; Accusations of Discrimination

Very recently, more and more condominium and homeowner associations find themselves as potential defendants in Federal Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”) discrimination litigation due to the association’s website. It is alleged that the failure to make the website easily accessible to those with visual impairments or who are blind is discriminatory. In short, the FHA […]

New Rules for FHA Financing – What Board Members Need to Know

For some home buyers, financing the purchase of their new home can be a barrier to entry. Many home buyers need the benefit of an FHA backed loan for their lower interest rates. The Federal Housing Authority (FHA), a part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has provided mortgage insurance on loans […]

You Get What You Pay For – Assistance Animal Application Packages

The complaint heard often from condominium and HOA board members is in regard to the influx of assistance animals in their “no pet” or pet restricted communities. Few other topics within the body of community association law cause more consternation then the application of the Federal, State and local Fair Housing laws. In fact, one […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Condominiums Going Green

While gasoline powered vehicles are still dominant on Florida’s roads, the ever-growing presence of electric vehicles cannot be ignored. The number of electric vehicles on our highways and streets continue to climb as they become more and more affordable. As consumers continue to embrace a greener lifestyle, Florida’s lawmakers have paved the way for condominium […]

Your Association’s Contractor Walked off the Job – Now What??

As happens far too often, contractors bid on an improvement project, start the work, only to later walk off the job. The contractor might do this for one of many reasons: the job was not bid correctly, prices go up, the laborers demand more money, and anything else that leads the contractor to believe they […]