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New Law Impacts 55+ Communities

New Law Impacts 55+ Communities

Q: I heard there is a new law that impacts the registration process for “55+” communities. What are the details? R.W. A: You heard correctly. Effective July 1, 2020, Section 760.29(4) of Florida Statutes was amended to delete the requirement for “housing for older...

Parking Controversy Raises Questions

Parking Controversy Raises Questions

Q: Does a condominium unit owner have the right to prohibit anyone from parking in his assigned parking space while he or she is residing in their northern home? (J.M., via e-mail) A: It depends. If the parking space is designated by the declaration of condominium as...

Hurricane Insurance Claims for Condominium Associations

Hurricane Insurance Claims for Condominium Associations

There is a lot of information on how associations can prepare for hurricanes but much less information as to what happens after the hurricane, particularly as it pertains to insurance claims. A question that managers and board members need to consider is, what is...

Condo Association Doesn’t Cover Unit Finishes

Condo Association Doesn’t Cover Unit Finishes

Q: I own the top unit in a two-story building. Heavy rains caused roof damage which caused significant ceiling damage in my unit. The property manager quickly sent a roofer to fix the exterior problem. They will provide service to replace my ceiling sheet rock but...

Law Change for “55 and Over” Communities

Law Change for “55 and Over” Communities

Q: We heard a rumor that our “55+ Park” is no longer required to register with the state. Is this true? (D.R., via e-mail) A: Yes. Effective July 1, 2020, Section 760.29(4) of Florida Statutes was amended to delete the requirement that “housing for older persons...

Update on Emotional Support Animal Legislation

Update on Emotional Support Animal Legislation

Q: In a recent column you said a new law passed about “emotional support animals,” which is supposed to cut down on bogus requests.  When does this law take effect and what are the details?  M.H. A: Senate Bill 1084 did become law.  It was signed by Governor DeSantis...

Fining Procedure Discussed

Fining Procedure Discussed

Q: What is the maximum fine an association can impose on an owner for a rule violation? (H.H., via e-mail) A: It depends. Condominium and cooperative fines are capped at $100.00 per day, and further capped at $1,000.00 in the aggregate for continuing violations....

Pandemic Has Changed How Boards Do Business

Pandemic Has Changed How Boards Do Business

Q: Our condominium association board held online/telephone monthly meetings during the pandemic enabling owners to listen and ask questions. Normally, our board holds meetings where owners may attend in person. When the Florida Governor implemented Phase 2, the board...

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