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The Ins & Outs of Preparing a Condominium Association Budget

The Ins & Outs of Preparing a Condominium Association Budget

In many ways, the managing and operating of a condominium association is akin to operating a business. A primary similarity is the importance of careful and accurate financial planning and budget preparation. The board of directors of an association has fiduciary...

Community Association Q&A: Are Videos Official Records?

Community Association Q&A: Are Videos Official Records?

Q: My condominium association has installed several security cameras in the common areas, including the pool area. There was an incident between myself and another owner last week at the pool and I requested a copy of the security camera video footage. I submitted my...

Owner Feels Locked Out from Information

Owner Feels Locked Out from Information

Q: I live in Canada and own a condominium unit in Florida. I cannot travel yet to go back to Florida and my condominium board president has blocked me from sending him e-mails. What are my rights to get information about finances, planned maintenance, and minutes of...

Becoming “55 and Over Condo” Requires Several Steps

Becoming “55 and Over Condo” Requires Several Steps

Q: Our condominium association is considering converting into a “55 and older” community. Is it true that 80% of our units must vote “yes” to effectuate this change? (D.J., via e-mail) A: No. The federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, as amended by the Housing...

Your Condo Building Still Can Require Masks & Much More

Your Condo Building Still Can Require Masks & Much More

Written by David Lyons, Sun Sentinel. For more than a year, condo associations had to become COVID-19 traffic cops for hundreds of thousands of Floridians in high-rises and sprawling complexes. They had to enforce the use of masks, social distancing and rules for...

Common Interest Is Broader Than You May Think

Common Interest Is Broader Than You May Think

Generally speaking, private conversations between an attorney and client are privileged and their contents cannot be discovered. The same is true with respect to an attorney’s work product and his mental thoughts and impressions. These privileges are so engrained in...

Rollover of Excess Funds Normal

Rollover of Excess Funds Normal

Q: If there is an excess in monies collected from the annual budget, must the excess be returned to owners, or can it be used to reduce maintenance fees for next year? (E.O., via e-mail) A: The annual budget estimates the revenues and expenses for the year. Although...

HOA Election Procedures Explained

HOA Election Procedures Explained

Q: What is the accepted practice that my homeowners’ association should follow for opening and counting secret ballots used to elect the board? (J.D., via e-mail) A: Section 720.306(8) of the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act provides that if the governing documents...

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