Use of Consumer Reports in Determining Approval for Sales and Leases – Is your Association in Compliance?

Community associations have an interest in the safety and integrity of their communities. Generally speaking, boards of community associations would like to be reasonably certain that potential owners, renters and other occupants have the financial capability to meet their financial obligations. Also of concern are potential purchasers’ and tenants’ criminal backgrounds, if any, so as […]

Creating Conditions that Lead to a Horrific Accident does not Always Create Legal Liability

From a recent Fourth District Court of Appeal case, Seminole Lakes Homeowner’s Association, Inc. v. Esnard, decided December 19, 2018, we once again learn that application of prior case law sometimes creates strange and convoluted results. Just because an association negligently creates obvious conditions for an accident to occur does not necessarily mean the association […]

What do you Mean, I can’t Bring my Own Personal Trainer to the Clubhouse Gym?

In the recent Fourth District Court of Appeal case of Charterhouse Associates, Ltd., Inc. v. Valencia Reserve Homeowners Association, Inc., decided November 28, 2018, the Court determined whether a homeowner is entitled to bring their own personal trainer to the association’s fitness center where the association’s board of directors enacted a new rule prohibiting private […]

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 […]

Nuisances – What is a Board to do?

The dog barks, and the parrot squawks. A neighbor is cooking with too much garlic, again. An owner is smoking non-stop on their balcony making it unpleasant for everyone else. A neighbor, several neighbors, or even many neighbors are complaining to the board. What is a community association board to do? In dealing with any […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Condominium Fire Sprinkler Retrofit and Engineered Life Safety System Requirements

There appears to be some confusion surrounding the compliance date of the Engineered Life Safety System for those condominium associations that previously voted to opt out of the requirement to install condominium fire sprinkler retrofit. What is not confusing is that the safety of all occupants living in high-rise condominiums is paramount. No one wants […]

What a Difference a Day Makes – The Need for Strict Compliance with Fining Notice Requirements

The ability to impose a fine on an owner who has violated the conditions and regulations of a community association is one of the tools an association may use to bring about compliance with its governing documents. Notwithstanding the provisions regarding the fining process that may be set out in the association’s governing documents, the […]

Think Rules and Regulations Do Not Need to be Recorded? Think Again!! – Recent Legislative Changes Affecting Homeowners’ Associations

Many Floridians live within a community operated by an association of some kind, be it a community of single-family homes under the jurisdiction of a homeowner’s or property owner’s association, or a condominium building maintained by a condominium association. These owners should be well-aware that many aspects of life within these communities are subject to […]