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Special Taxing Districts Explained

Special Taxing Districts Explained

Q: What is an “MSTU”? My neighborhood association, which is voluntary, is considering getting one set up to maintain our roads. (P.K., via e-mail) A: Counties have the authority to create a special taxing district, known as a Municipal Service Taxing Unit, commonly...

Fining Procedure Details Explored

Fining Procedure Details Explored

Q: Fining for violations has always been confusing to me, since most fines are cumulative or compounding for each day the violation is not corrected. Should the due date be following correction of the violation or whatever date the fine ceases? (R.N., via e-mail). A:...

Condo/Co-Op/HOA Meeting Agendas & Notice Requirements

Condo/Co-Op/HOA Meeting Agendas & Notice Requirements

Florida laws governing community associations require notice of meetings to encourage owner participation. Here is a helpful guide summarizing the notice requirements under statute; however, this guide is not intended to be all inclusive and is only for general...

Authority of Board President Questioned

Authority of Board President Questioned

Q: An issue has come up in my condominium association regarding the role of the association president. Some members, including the current president, feel that the president of the association has the authority to take any action on behalf of the association without...

Responsibility for Tree Branches and Roots

Responsibility for Tree Branches and Roots

Who is responsible for a tree branch that perilously hangs over a neighbor’s house or yard? Who is responsible for tree roots that are damaging a sidewalk or driveway? Florida common law provides that a property owner (owner of the tree) does not owe a duty to remove...

The Membership Poll – The Pros, Cons and Confusion

The Membership Poll – The Pros, Cons and Confusion

The line between what an association’s board can legally do as a matter of law and what the board should do as a matter of good practice is often blurred without any practical guidance available for well-intentioned directors who want to do the very best they can for...

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...

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