Florida Homeowner Associations and Condo Owner Associations: What kind of Conflicts Are There and Do You Have to Live With This Nonsense?

Posted By on March 14, 2012

For those that move to Florida from other parts of the country or from other parts of the world, one bit of culture shock may be the reality that homeowners associations are commonplace in our state.  You may know them by another name:  neighborhood association, community association, condo association, etc. — but they are all the same essentially: a non-profit organization established to provide services, regulate activities, levy assessments, and otherwise monitor and control things including filing lawsuits if they choose to do so.

These groups are created as part of the development itself, be it a condominium project, a planned unit development, etc. and they are run by a board of directors and a group of officers, and sometimes they even have committees with memberships that oversee specific concerns, like the community pool or safety concerns through a neighborhood watch.

For many who buy condominiums, townhouses, or single family homes in Florida the reality is that the rules and regulations and the Powers That Be that implement them through the local homeowners association (or community association) may impact their daily lives in their new home much more than the laws of the city, county, or state governments.

There’s no choice here, you cannot opt out:  if you buy the property, you buy it subject to the control of the association.  The association’s governing rights “run with the land.”

Needless to say, problems come up.  Sometimes there are difficult property owners who don’t care about their neighbors or property values.  Other times, there are out of control association officers or boards that exceed their powers – or exert favoritism for some, or at the other end of the continuum, do nothing that they are supposed to do.

What Conflicts Arise with Homeowners’ Associations in Florida?  You Name It, We’ve Seen It.

Issues that come into conflict between individuals and homeowners’ associations run the gamut, and can include things like:  Noise Issues, Construction Defect Claims, Condominium Foreclosure Defense, Construction Contracts, Developer/Turnover Issues, Election Abuse/Annual Meeting Assistance, Lien Foreclosures, Improper Rule Enforcement, Selective Rule Enforcement, Slip, Trip and Falls, Preparation and Review of Purchase Contracts, Purchase and Sale of Condo Units, Terminating Contracts, Disputes with the Association/Other Residents, Late Fees and Assessments, Improper Special Assessments, Damage Caused by Residents and/or Guests, Theft, Damage to Vehicle, Slander, Parking Issues, Pet Issues, Broken Pipes /Air conditioners and Discrimination.

In Florida, There’s Practically a Homeowners’ Association On Every Corner: Consider Hallandale Beach as an Example

For example, here is a list of the homeowners’ associations located within the city limits of Hallandale Beach, Florida, where our law offices are located:

  1. 2300 DIANA CONDO ASSN INC
  2. 8TH STREET TOWNHOUSES CONDO ASSN INC
  3. AMBASSADOR NORTH INC
  4. ANCHOR BAY CLUB CONDO ASSN INC
  5. ANDERSON VILLAS ADD LOT 8 CONDO ASSN INC
  6. APRIL BREEZE ASSN INC
  7. APRIL MIST ASSN INC
  8. APRIL SONG ASSOC.
  9. ASHLEIGH HOUSE HOMEOWNERS ASSN INC
  10. ATLANTIC LAWNS CONDO NO. 1 ASSOC., INC.
  11. AVANT GARDE CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  12. BAY PLACE CONDO ASSOC.
  13. BEACH GARDEN OF HALLANDALE CONDO ASSOC, INC
  14. BILTMORE MANSIONS CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  15. CAPTAINS PARADISE CONDO INC
  16. CARALLTON ISLES CONDO ASSN
  17. CASA BLANCA APTS ASSN INC
  18. CASA BONA CONDO APT INC
  19. CHELSEA BAYVIEW CONDO ASSN INC
  20. CLIFTON CONDO ASSOC INC
  21. COASTAL GARDEN CONDO INC.
  22. COLONIAL HOUSE CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  23. CRYSTAL CONDO, INC.
  24. CRYSTAL COVE INC A CONDOMINIUM
  25. CURCI VILLAGE CONDO ASSOC, INC
  26. DESOTO PARK NORTH CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  27. DE SOTO PARK CONDO ASSN INC
  28. DIPLOMAT GOLF & RACQUET CLUB CONDO ASSN INC, THE
  29. ELDORADO COUNTRY CLUB TOWERS SOUTH ASSN
  30. EL DORADO COUNTRY CLUB TOWERS NORTH ASSN INC
  31. EL DORADO COUNTRY CLUB ASSN
  32. ELDORADO PLAZA EAST ASSN INC
  33. ELDORADO PLAZA WEST ASSN INC
  34. ENVOY APTS ASSN INC
  35. ENVOY NORTH CONDO ASSOC.
  36. FAIRWAYS RIVIERA NORTH ASSN INC
  37. FAIRWAYS RIVIERA ASSN, INC
  38. FAIRWAYS ROYALE ASSOC INC
  39. FIRST GULFSTREAM GARDEN APT CONDO INC
  40. FOURTH GULFSTREAM GARDEN APTS CONDO INC
  41. GOLDEN HORN CONDO ASSN INC
  42. GOLDEN HORN SOUTH CONDO ASSN INC
  43. GOLDEN ISLES CONDO APTS INC
  44. GOLDEN ISLES LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSN
  45. GOLDEN ISLES TOWERS CONDO INC.
  46. GOLDEN ISLES YACHT CLUB CONDO ASSN
  47. GOLDEN LAKES CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  48. GOLDEN SAILS CONDO ASSOC
  49. GOLDEN SURF TOWERS CONDO ASSN INC
  50. GOLDEN VIEW CONDO INC
  51. GULFSTREAM VIEW CONDO ASSN
  52. GULFVIEW APARTMENTS CONDO ASSN INC
  53. HALLANDALE GARDENS CONDO INC.
  54. HALLANDALE TOWERS EAST INC
  55. HALLCREST CONDO APT ASSN
  56. HEMISPHERES CONDO ASSN INC.
  57. HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE CONDO ASSN INC
  58. IMPERIAL TOWERS CONDO, INC.
  59. IMPERIAL TOWERS NORTH CONDO, INC.
  60. IRVINGTON GARDENS CONDO ASSN. INC.
  61. ISLANDS-JAMAICA ASSN., INC.
  62. ISLANDS-MARTINIQUE CONDO ASSN., INC.
  63. LA LAGUNA CONDO ASSN, INC
  64. CONDO ASSN OF LA MER ESTATES INC
  65. CONDO ASSN OF LA MER ESTATES INC
  66. CONDO ASSN OF LA MER ESTATES INC
  67. LAKE POINT TOWERS CONDO INC
  68. LINDAL APARTMENTS CONDO ASSN INC
  69. MALAGA TOWERS CONDO ASSN, INC
  70. MALAGA TOWERS CONDO ASSN, INC
  71. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 10 INC
  72. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 1 INC
  73. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 2 INC
  74. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 3 INC
  75. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 4 INC
  76. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 5 INC
  77. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 6 INC
  78. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 7 INC
  79. MEADOWBROOK CONDO ASSN BLDG 8 INC
  80. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO A INC
  81. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO B INC
  82. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO C INC
  83. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO D INC
  84. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO E INC
  85. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO F INC
  86. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO G INC
  87. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO H INC
  88. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO I INC
  89. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO J INC
  90. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO K INC
  91. MEADOWBROOK TOWERS CONDO L INC
  92. MOFFETT CONDO INC
  93. MOFFETT PLACE CONDO ASSN INC
  94. OCEAN VIEW TOWERS ASSN., INC.
  95. OCEANVIEW PARK CONDO ASSN
  96. OLYMPUS ASSOC., INC. PH A-C
  97. OLYMPUS ASSOC., INC. PH A-C
  98. OLYMPUS ASSOC., INC. PH A-C
  99. ONE TWENTY ONE GOLDEN CONDO ASSOC., INC.
  100. PARADISE BY THE SEA CONDO ASSN
  101. PARADISE VILLAS CONDO ASSOC
  102. PARK LAYNE TOWERS OWNERS ASSN
  103. PARKER DORADO CONDO ASSN, INC.
  104. CONDO ASSN. OF PARKER PLAZA ESTATES, INC
  105. PARKER TOWER CONDO ASSN INC
  106. PARKSIDE MANOR CONDO A ASSN., INC.
  107. PARKSIDE MANOR CONDO B ASSN INC
  108. PARKSIDE MANOR C CONDO ASSN INC
  109. PARKSIDE MANOR D CONDO ASSN INC
  110. PARKSIDE TOWERS CONDO ASSOC INC
  111. PLAZA APTS ASSN INC
  112. CONDO ASSN OF PLAZA TOWERS NORTH INC
  113. PLAZA TOWERS SOUTH CONDO ASSN INC
  114. PRINCE GEORGE CONDO ASSN, INC.
  115. ROYAL PALM VILLAS CONDO ASSN INC
  116. SABAL PALM VILLAS CONDO ASSN INC
  117. SECOND GULFSTREAM GARDEN CONDO INC
  118. SEVENTEENTH GREEN CONDO ASSN INC
  119. SEVILLA PALACE AT HALLANDALE BEACH CONDO ASSOC, INC
  120. STAR PARADISE CONDO ASSOC
  121. STRAND PLAZA ASSN INC
  122. THIRD GULFSTREAM GARDEN APT CONDO ASSN INC
  123. TOWERS OF OCEANVIEW EAST CONDO ASSOC.
  124. TOWERS OF OCEANVIEW POINT ASSN INC
  125. TOWERS OF OCEANVIEW SOUTH CONDO ASSN
  126. TROPICS CONDO ASSN.
  127. TURF CONDO., INC.
  128. VENETIAN PARK CONDO I ASSN INC
  129. VENETIAN PARK CONDO II ASSN., INC.
  130. VENETIAN PARK CONDO III ASSN INC
  131. VENETIAN PARK CONDO IV ASSN INC
  132. VENETIAN PARK CONDO V ASSN INC
  133. WOODLAKE APTS. CONDO ASSOC.
  134. YACHT CLUB CONDO ASSN OF HALLANDALE, INC
  135. 932 MOFFETT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
  136. BEACH CLUB THREE OF HALLANDALE CONDO ASSN, INC
  137. BEACH CLUB TWO OF HALLANDALE CONDO ASSN INC
  138. BEACH CLUB OF HALLANDALE CONDO ASSN INC
  139. BELLAVISTA CONDO OF HALLANDALE CONDO ASSN INC
  140. DUO CONDO EAST ASSN INC
  141. DUO CONDO WEST ASSN, INC
  142. HALLANDALE BEACH PRIVATE RESIDENCE CONDO
  143. HALLS VILLAGE CONDO OF HALLANDALE, INC
  144. L’SOLEI AT HALLANDALE BEACH CONDO ASSN INC
  145. OCEAN MARINE YACHT CLUB CONDO ASSN INC
  146. TERRA AT HALLANDALE BEACH CONDO ASSN INC
  147. THIRD AVENUE CONDO ASSN OF HALLANDALE, INC

Bottom line, if you are buying property in Florida, then you need to consider the community association that comes with that purchase.  Check it out.  Be aware of the impact it can have upon your day to day enjoyment of that property in the future.

Know your rights – and don’t hesitate to get legal counsel to protect your rights under Florida law if you have a conflict with a community association.  Resolving a legal conflict need not be time consuming and costly in homeowner association disputes.

Comments

11 Responses to “Florida Homeowner Associations and Condo Owner Associations: What kind of Conflicts Are There and Do You Have to Live With This Nonsense?”

  1. Fran says:

    If count I of an HOA foreclosure lawsuit is dismissed, can the HOA still go after the HOA member using count II for a money judgment? Or do they have to file a new lawsuit to try to get a money judgment.

    Without a deficiency judgment, I don’t think the association has standing to go after the HOA member for a money judgment??

    Their original lien was dismissed and as of right now they have no lien filed.

  2. Helen says:

    I own a downstairs unit in a two floor condo in … I’ve had an ongoing dispute with water damage in my kitchen ceiling…..

  3. Rita says:

    I would like to know what the bylaw is for strollers at a condo pool. Please respond. Is there one for wheelchairs and walkers? Thank you.

  4. Hi Rita,
    Each condo has its own particular bylaws. We cannot answer personal queries in blog post comments, so we ask that you give our office a call (see the toll free number above?) for a chat.

    Thanks,
    Larry

  5. Hi Helen.
    We cannot answer personal queries in blog post comments, so we’ve edited your comment to protect your personal information and ask that you give our office a call (see the toll free number above?) for a chat.

    Thanks,
    Larry

  6. Marivani says:

    Hi, I bought an apartment….
    Please let me know.
    Thank you

  7. Hi,
    We cannot answer personal queries in blog post comments, so we’ve edited your comment to protect your personal information and ask that you give our office a call (see the toll free number above?) for a chat.

    Thanks,
    Larry

  8. Tommy says:

    I am having my family member stay with me as a guest for some time. I will be back and forth in my unit while she stays….

  9. Sorry if this is frustrating! However, we’re not allowed to answer personal queries in blog post comments, so we ask that you give our office a call (see the toll free number above?) for a chat about your situation.
    Thanks,
    Larry

  10. jose aguiar says:

    i need a copy of the rules and regulations for number 39
    FIRST GULFSTREAM GARDEN APARTMENT CONDO INC

  11. Sorry if this is frustrating! However, we’re not allowed to answer personal queries in blog post comments, so we ask that you give our office a call (see the toll free number above?) for a chat about your situation.
    Thanks,
    Larry

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