Entries by Tiffany

Beach Access Restricted?

Although summer is gone and fall is nearing its end, the truth is that even in the heart of winter we never truly have to wait long to enjoy the beach in Florida. The problem this year however is who can access the beach. During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Bill (HB) […]

Keeping Meeting Minutes Forever

How long is a condominium required to keep minutes of its meetings?   Prior to July 1, 2018 the answer was seven years.  This requirement had both its pros and cons.  Likely the biggest advantage was minimizing storage requirements, as months, years, and even decades of minutes add up, particularly for older communities or those that […]

Charging the Way: New Law Opens the Door for Electric Charging Stations in Condominiums

A recent amendment to Chapter 718, Florida’s Condominium Act, facilitates a unit owner’s ability to install and use an electric-vehicle charging station within their condominium. Section 718.113(8), Florida Statutes, which took effect on July 1, 2018, created a new provision stating that a declaration of a condominium or the board of administration of a condominium […]

Those Pesky Little White Balls

Living in a golf course community is the ultimate dream for many. However, a golf course address can equate to some rather nightmarish liability issues for many community associations. Those issues often stem from misdirected golf swings or “errant” shots. There is no statutory law that governs golf ball liability. However, the Supreme Court of […]

Associations Can Require a Key

Q: I recently received an e-mail from my condominium association asking for a key to my unit. I have a problem with the board having a key to my unit. Am I required to provide a key? Can the association enter my unit at any time? (J.M. via e-mail) A. Florida law gives your association […]

Weathering the Storm of Unexpected Community Association Financial Needs

In Florida, particularly in the summer months, a beautiful sunny day can suddenly morph into a torrential downpour. Similarly, an association with no obvious financial problems can suddenly find itself in the perfect storm that arises when restrictive financial language in governing documents, unexpected-yet-necessary repairs and a shortage of funds collide. There are various ways […]

Some States are Protecting First Amendment Rights, Will the Sunshine State Follow Suite?

In 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that a condominium owner could place election signs on his front door and side window of his townhome over the objections of his association. Wasim Khan, an oncologist who was a Democratic candidate for the Morris County Board of Freeholders, fought the Mazdabrook Commons HOA when they […]

10 Fun Ways to Engage Your Residents

Building great relationships with your residents will lead to lease renewals, positive online reviews, referrals, and less angry phone calls. There are plenty of fun, cost-effective ways you can show your residents you care about them and their experience at your property. Here are our top 10 ideas to boost resident engagement without breaking the […]

Utility Billing: 6 Things Property Managers Need to Know

If you’re a multifamily or HOA property manager, billing your residents or homeowners for their utility use has likely crossed your mind. Many properties have already started utility billing programs. The prevalence of this practice has grown as utility rates and fees continue to rise, impacting a property’s cash flow and bottom line. Whether you’re […]