South Florida Condos – Is Condo Property Insurance a Real Concern for Owners, Sellers and Buyers?: Condo Water Damage Losses.

| May 14, 2013

Florida condominiums are used in several ways, as year-round homes, as vacation homes, and as investment properties. Many Florida condo owners permanently live in other parts of the country as well as around the world. In fact, our local area is well-known with foreign buyers: the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of International Home Buyers has […]

Florida Homeowners’ Associations Filing Foreclosure Lawsuits Against Florida Banks: Foreclosing on Banks Defaulting on Florida Community Association Fees

| December 27, 2012

Florida banks are getting sued again, and this time it’s pretty interesting.  Why?  This time, the banks are in the role of defendants in Florida foreclosure lawsuits filed in the bottle necked Florida judicial system. That’s right: the banks are having to mount a foreclosure defense strategy.  Lenders are having to file answers and appear […]

For Owners, Renters, HOAs, Timeshare and Condo Boards – Alert: 4 New Laws Effective July 2012 for Florida Condos and Florida Timeshares

| June 19, 2012

A week from Sunday, on July 1, 2012, several new laws will go into effect here in Florida that govern how things work for those who live in Florida condominiums and Florida timeshares and the associations and boards that run things in these communities.  Here’s a synopsis of the new Florida Statutes that were passed […]

Florida Condo Owners: 3 Things You Should Know About Your HOA Rights as a Member of a Florida Condominium Association

| May 22, 2012

In Florida, condominiums are very, very popular.  Accordingly, the Florida Legislature has passed lots of laws to govern how shared properties like condominium projects (including time shares) are to be managed and how those managers of the shared spaces and condo properties are to respect the rights of the individual unit owners and condo residents.  […]

New Florida Condo Law Gives Builders and Developers Break on Responsibility for Flaws in Roads, Sewers, and Other Infrastructure in Florida Communities and Condo Projects

| May 10, 2012

Florida condo owners along with home owners’ associations (HOAs) and community associations and the like better get ready:  the legislation that we have been monitoring regarding common area implied warranties for Florida builders and developers just got signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Read our earlier post giving details on the Senate version […]

Dispute Resolution of Condo Controversies Outside the Courtroom: Settlement, Mediation, and Arbitration of Condo Association and Selective Enforcement Controversies

| April 19, 2012

The State of Florida does its part to protect home owners living in shared residential communities (condominiums, timeshares, mobile homes) not only through the passage of legislation designed to assist in the resolution of disputes that may arise, but also by the creation of an agency designed especially to resolve controversies:  the Florida Department of […]

Selective Enforcement Defense Against Florida Condo Boards and Community Associations (HOAs): Are Condo Associations Playing Favorites? Can Florida Home Owners Fight Back?

| April 17, 2012

Last Update: 08/01/16 When you buy a home in a community – be it a condominium or gated community – that is subject to a condo or homeowners’ association, then like it or not, you are giving up a bit of your freedom in order to live there.  The benefits of living in the shared […]

Homeowners’ Associations Foreclosure Sales: Is This Another Florida Real Estate Mess to be Cleaned Up? Do Florida Home Owners and Renters Need to Be Wary?

| March 22, 2012

Here’s another example of how the Florida real estate market is just a Wild West; a chaotic mess that will take years to clean up.  Wildcatters are taking advantage of Florida homeowner association (HOA) foreclosures by going after those homes in HOAs that haven’t paid their maintenance fees and are being foreclosed upon by the […]

SB 1196 Goes to Governor Scott’s Desk: Will He Veto New Law That Ends Implied Warranty of Developers and Puts Burden on Homeowners’ Associations and Individual Florida Home Buyers?

| March 15, 2012

The Florida Legislature has passed SB 1196 and it’s setting on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his decision on whether to veto the darn thing or sign it into effective Florida law.   Here is the full text of the law: Section 553.835, Florida Statutes Implied warranties.— (1) The Legislature finds that the courts have reached different […]

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

| 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 […]