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Recently Enacted Law Puts Florida Trees at Risk

July 19th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law,Real Estate Law

Florida is home to some of the most beautiful trees in the world and is known for its oak canopies and palm tree groves that give our cities and neighborhoods their unique look and feel.  Under H.B. 1159, or “Private Property Rights,” which went into effect on July 1, 2019, limitations have been placed on the ability of cities and municipalities to require a permit in order for a homeowner to prune, trim, or remove a tree from his or her property that may pose a danger.  The new law also prevents local governments from requiring a property owner to replant a tree that was pruned, trimmed, or removed.


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Preparing Your Community Association for the 2019 Hurricane Season

June 7th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

June 1st marks the official start to the 2019 hurricane season, however, now for the fifth straight year the first storm of the year was named before the season even began.  “Andrea” formed in late May and a new storm, Invest 91L, is currently brewing in the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to become “Barry.” 


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Protecting Associations During Mortgage Foreclosures

April 5th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

It has been roughly a decade since the Great Recession began and fortunately the U.S. economy has rebounded significantly since the late 2000s.  During the recession, community associations experienced a record number of delinquencies and mortgage foreclosures.


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When and How Can Community Associations Tow Vehicles?

February 22nd, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

One of the most effective self-help enforcement measures that exists for both Condominium and Homeowner Associations is the power to tow improperly parked vehicles from association-owned or common element property.


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What Condominium or Homeowners Associations Should Expect at Mediation

November 13th, 2018

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Condominiums and Homeowners Associations often participate in mediation either as part of a lawsuit or as an attempt to settle a dispute prior to litigation. Most Board Members have never participated in a mediation and usually have questions about mediation and the mediation process. Here are some basics about what a Community Association should expect when facing an upcoming mediation.

What is Mediation?

The first thing to understand about mediation is just what it is and what it isn’t. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where a neutral third-party (the Mediator) works with the Association and the other party to try to resolve the parties’ differences in a way that both sides can agree to. It is essentially a conversation, where each party shares their side of the dispute, and the Mediator tries to help them reach an agreement. A mediation is not a trial or hearing, and the Mediator is not a judge or jury. Instead, the Mediator facilitates the discussion about the sources of the dispute and the possible resolution. The benefit of mediation is that the parties are in control of the possible resolution so that it is not decided by a judge, jury, or arbitrator. In order to encourage the parties to be open and work together towards a settlement, the mediation is confidential, and nothing said or presented at mediation can be used against a party later or shared with anyone else.


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Notice and Eligibility Requirements for HOA Elections

October 19th, 2018

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

With the nonstop political advertisements on television you have probably figured out that Election Day, November 6, 2018, is right around the corner for the general election.  Homeowner’s Associations, Condominium Owners Associations, and Cooperatives also generally run elections for the board of directors of the association around this time of year.
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Are you a “Certified Board Member”?

August 17th, 2018

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Florida’s Mandatory Condominium, Cooperative, and HOA Certification Requirements for Newly Elected Board Members

All Florida Condominium, Cooperative, and Homeowners Association’s (“HOA”) should be aware that Florida law requires mandatory certification of newly elected members of an Association’s Board of Directors within 90 days after becoming elected to the Board. Failure of a Board Member to meet the certification requirements results in the Board Member being suspended from the Board until the certification requirement is met.


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Surviving Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act

July 6th, 2018

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act (“MRTA”), Chapter 712 of the Florida Statutes, was enacted to simplify the title examination process and facilitate real property transactions.  MRTA removes title defects and interests in title from properties and extinguishes stale claims which came into existence more than 30 years ago to enhance the marketability of title. Prior to MRTA’s enaction in 1963, practitioners would have to search title records back as far as the initial Spanish land grants. 
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