The Role of the Board of Directors in a Homeowners Association

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27th Apr 2016

An effective Board of Directors in a homeowners association is one that understands its duties under the governing documents and statutes and works as a team to effectively and efficiently provide the required services to its members. Directors need to … more

BEWARE THE IDES OF MRTA!

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24th Nov 2015

Did you know that there is a provision in Florida law that could result in the expiration of the covenants of the homeowner’s association? The Marketable Record Title Act, Chapter 712 of Florida Statutes (“MRTA”), provides that the declaration of … more

Florida Courts Leave Associations Out in the Cold

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15th Jun 2015

Once again, the Florida appellate courts have left community associations out in the cold. Homeowners’ associations cannot rely on their remedies under Florida statutes in bank foreclosure cases if the statutes are in conflict with the governing documents, so said … more

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

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20th May 2015

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER! Foreclosure mill Butler & Hosch closes its doors. Butler & Hosch, the Orlando-based foreclosure mill, shut its doors on May 14, 2015, after Bob Hosch, the firm’s CEO informed employees that the firm’s strategic plan of … more

Don’t Let the Rules Get in Your Way

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30th Mar 2015

Robert’s Rules of Order were developed to provide a standard procedure to facilitate orderly meetings of parliamentary organizations. To some, however, Robert’s Rules are a confusing morass of protocols that impede, not promote, a Board’s effectiveness. It’s worth noting that … more

The Legislature Proposes More Legislation to Help Struggling Community Associations

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17th Mar 2015

Always inspiring to see the Legislature leap to the aid of Community Associations. Here’s a quiz: Who (1) caused and (2) reaped the most financial benefit from the collapse of the housing bubble and onset of the Great Recession: (a) … more

Montagues, Capulets and Light Spillage

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6th Mar 2015

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is… my neighbor’s landscape lighting and it’s driving me crazy. That may or may not be a made up quote (OK, it is), but in the case Leamer v. White, LLC, … more

The Real Condo “Terminator”

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28th Feb 2015

Actually, you won’t be back. Imagine that you are a senior citizen and that you own your condominium free and clear. Now, imagine that a developer has come to you and told you that he is going to buy your … more

Don’t Abandon Hope and Enter Here.

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26th Feb 2015

One headache for associations that has remained consistent since the collapse of the housing bubble is what to do about units that sit vacant month after month after having been abandoned by the original owner. Often, the bank has stalled … more

Latest Court Decision on the Statute of Limitations in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases is as Clear as Mud

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“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. “No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?” “I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”  … more