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Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. is a  Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law and a community association lawyer with the law firm Kaye Bender Rembaum, in its Palm Beach Gardens office. His law practice consists of representing condominium, homeowners, and cooperative associations, developers and unit owners throughout Florida. He can be reached by email at JRembaum@KBRLegal.com or by calling 561-241-4462.

Rentals

Don’t Want Your Association to Be the Next Rental Community? Then You Better Read This

Many community associations throughout Florida struggle to deal with the increase in overnight and short-term rentals caused by the proliferation of online websites such as VRBO and Airbnb. As such, many communities fear being turned into “rental communities,” especially with so many large corporations buying homes in the South Florida area for the express purpose of renting

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Financial

Is Your Association Prepared? Expect Supply Shortages

There’s news once again reporting food and product supply shortages are on the horizon, if not already here, due to what can only be described as a logistics disaster. This morning’s news reported that there are thousands of shipping crates snarled in a logistical nightmare waiting to be off loaded with no relief in sight.

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Property Manager

It’s the Manager’s Fault…Or Is It?

Few professions have more demands placed upon them than that of the Florida licensed community association manager (CAM). Depending on whom you ask, the CAM is the organizer, rules enforcer, keeper of secrets (meaning confidential and statutorily protected information not limited to the medical record of owners and attorney-client privileged information), best friend, the “bad guy”

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Meetings

Electronic Board of Directors and Membership Meetings…In a Post-Covid-19 World

Well, it is not quite a post-COVID-19 world yet, but hopefully, it will be one day soon. We are, however, living in a post-governor-ordered-state-of-emergency world, meaning that the emergency powers granted to condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations’ boards of directors by virtue of the governor’s emergency orders have come to an end, with this caveat:

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Architectural

The Champlain Towers South Condominium Collapse | Initial Interim Lessons Learned From This Tragedy

Just after midnight on Thursday, June 24, 2021, tragedy struck Surfside, Florida, when 55 of 136 units of the 12-story Champlain Towers South Condominium tragically crumbled to the ground. Just prior, a sleepless sixth floor owner notices a two-finger-wide separation in her drywall and, fearing the worst, scrambles downstairs as the building begins to collapse

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Community Associations

The Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Differences Between Homeowners and Condominium Associations

Florida has created an abundance of legislation governing homeowners’ and condominium associations. You would think that, by now, laws affecting both types of communities would have more parity than they actually do. (Please note that that commercial condominiums are not addressed in this article.) Perhaps the most appreciative difference between a homeowners association and a residential condominium association

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Reserves

NBC NEWS Reports Condo Could Have Been Repaired Faster Under Prior Law | July 7th Building Maintenance Video Now Online

The Champlain Towers South collapse is a heartbreaking tragedy. While it may be months before the cause or causes of the collpase are determined, NBC News reporters Jon Schuppe and Phil Prazan look back at Florida’s laws governing condominium associations to determine if they could have made a meaningful difference. KBR attorney Jeffrey Rembaum provides

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Legislation

2021 Legislative Update

The 2021 Florida Legislature was busy indeed. This year’s new legislation brings tremendous clarifications of existing laws and new laws to Florida’s community associations. All of the bills discussed herein were approved by the Governor, and are now in effect (unless otherwise noted). To view the bills that were passed into law, please visit kbrlegal.com

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Architectural

The Champlain Towers South Condominium Collapse

HELPING THOSE IN NEED At Kaye Bender Rembaum, our attorneys and staff are heartbroken for the victims and their families who are suffering as a result of yesterday’s Champlain Towers Condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. We offer our hopes and prayers to the heroic efforts being led by first responders who are searching for victims

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Assessments

New Requirements for Collection of Delinquent Assessments

Robert Kaye, Managing member of Kaye Bender Rembaum, recently wrote an informative and telling article explaining the new collection procedures mandated to be in effect July 1, as a result of  the 2021 legislation. Every board member, manager, and developer needs to be aware of these important changes. ———————————– The Florida Legislature has revised the

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