Rembaum's Association Roundup

Survivors of Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session: Waiting to Become Law, Unless Vetoed

Sometimes the right thing happens for the wrong reasons. This is one of those times. Much of our prior discussion regarding Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session was centered on the overtly draconian Estoppel Bill (House Bill 611 together with its companion, Senate Bill 736) and the financial harm it would have caused to community associations throughout […]

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace – An Association’s Right to Surplus Foreclosure Proceeds

As today’s real estate market continues to strengthen and the economy continues to grow, lenders are foreclosing against delinquent borrowers with more and more haste. Bargain hunters continue to monitor foreclosure sales, often bidding an amount greater than the amount of the foreclosure deficiency. This result leads to surplus funds. For example, a delinquent borrower […]

Contractor and Engineer Liability: How to Better Protect Your Association – If Your Association is Planning a Maintenance, Repair or Restoration Project, You Better Read this First!

At some point in time, every association is faced with a major maintenance and repair undertaking, whether it be concrete restoration, elevator refurbishment, new roofs or a similar monumental task, which requires the association to place their trust, and a large sum of their money, in the hands of contractors, engineers and architects. The bid […]

The 2015 Legislative Session – Association Estoppel Certificates – The Devil is in the Details

Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session began on March 3, 2015, and several bills regarding community associations were filed. An already paired set of such bills, House Bill 611 and its companion, Senate Bill 736, are creating great controversy among Florida’s community associations. Both bills propose significant changes to the laws regarding the issuance of estoppel certificates […]

How to Be an Ineffective Board Member – You Know It’s Time to Resign When…

Being a lawyer whose practice concentrates almost exclusively on the representation of community associations throughout the State of Florida, I thought I had seen it all. These days, it is becoming harder and harder to surprise me with stories about association living. But, every now and then, admittedly, I find myself shocked. Sadly, today’s column […]

Do Board Members Owe a Duty of Care and Loyalty to their Association?

A community association is a corporation, in many ways similar to any other corporation, be it a for-profit or not-for-profit company. In exercising decisions, for the most part, the community association’s board members must adhere to the “business judgment rule.” As I like to explain it, this means that the board member’s decisions might be […]

Statute of Limitations in Foreclosure Action: Timing is Everything

Timing is everything – in love, in life and in lawsuits. Unlike timing in love and in life, timing in lawsuits is governed by certain laws including those referred to as the statute of limitations. Determining when the statute of limitations’ clock begins to tick can be tricky. For example, and as further discussed in […]

Developer Sells HOA’s Common Areas

In this December 3, 2014 case, Bethany Trace Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Whispering Lakes I LLC and Waterman-Pinnacle, Inc., the association’s subsequent developer, Waterman-Pinnacle, sold lands designated in the Bethany Trace HOA’s declaration as common areas. As a result, when the Bethany Trace HOA found out, it sued Waterman-Pinnacle to get its common areas back. […]

Contracts, Be Careful What You Sign

Did you read that contract and fully understand your obligations before signing it? Almost every day, we are faced with new terms and conditions for the mobile app we can’t live without. Most people do not take the time to read every word before we hit “I agree” to those new terms and conditions. While […]