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‘Estoppel’ Fee Explained

‘Estoppel’ Fee Explained

Q: I recently contacted my condominium association to get an account status for refinancing my mortgage. I was charged $299.00, which seems like a lot. Is this a valid charge? (J.R., via e-mail) A: The Condominium Act, the Cooperative Act, and the Homeowners’...

Questions Linger Regarding the New Law Addressing Building Safety

Questions Linger Regarding the New Law Addressing Building Safety

Q:  I read the articles summarizing the new law that addresses building safety for certain condominiums. In my condominium association, the owners are responsible for their windows, not the association. However, if I understand it correctly, the new law requires the...

State Publishes Mandatory Condo Form

State Publishes Mandatory Condo Form

As previously discussed in this column, the Legislature adopted SB4-D effective May 26, 2022. In addition to imposing new requirements for structural inspections for buildings of 3 stories or more in height, and significantly changing the reserve laws, the new law...

Neighbor’s Secondhand Smoke A Bother

Neighbor’s Secondhand Smoke A Bother

Q: Can a condominium association ban smoking inside condominium unit? I have discomfort and health concerns related to my neighbor’s constant smoking. (M.C., via e-mail) A: There is no case law on this topic, and it is not addressed in the statute. The board is...

Notice of Board Meetings Must Be Posted

Notice of Board Meetings Must Be Posted

Q: It is my understanding that board meetings require paper posting of notice on the condominium property. However, our board does not always post notice saying that “they forgot.” What action can be taken to address a failure to post meeting notice as required?...

Can I Get a Restraining Order?

Can I Get a Restraining Order?

Over the past few years there seem to be more communities with persons who are threatening, being aggressive, or even stalking board members and/or the association’s manager. In those cases where the person acting in a threatening manner is not an owner, such as a...

HOA Rental Amendments

HOA Rental Amendments

The Homeowners’ Association Act (Chapter 720, Florida Statutes) was amended during the 2021 Legislative Session to address a homeowners’ association’s authority to adopt amendments to its governing documents pertaining to rentals.  The new law, Section 720.306(1)(h),...

Options for Dispute Resolution in Condominium Associations

Options for Dispute Resolution in Condominium Associations

On July 1, 2021, changes to Florida law opened the door to allow condominium and cooperative associations a new option for addressing disputes between unit owners and the association through presuit mediation. Previously, certain disputes between condominium...

New Structural Safety Laws Create Questions

New Structural Safety Laws Create Questions

Q: I have heard that there will be efforts to change the new condominium law about inspections and reserves. Can you shed any light on what the proposals might be and their chances of passing? (S.G., via e-mail) You can read my initial summary of the new statute in my...

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