Why Waiting to Implement the New Condo Repair/Reserves Legislation is a Mistake
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
It has become apparent that certain condo boards in Florida are taking a "wait and see" attitude towards implementing the requirements of the new Condo Repair/Reserves legislation. The reasons cited have been: The legislation was thrown together at the last minute, and until The Legislature clarifies ambiguous portions of the legislation, it would ...
Good deal turns sour for buyers in Manatee County development after potential price increases
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
View full article below.  Published in Herald Tribune, July 7th by Derek Gilliam  Download PDF File Here
Construction Defects…Who Pays?
Jon Lemole
News
Community associations confronted with construction defects face some very difficult financial choices. Often, these choices come on the heels of turnover, when a newly minted, owner-controlled board is just getting their bearings on planning and managing their operating and reserve accounts. Or, the defect may emanate from an expensive major repai...
'I can't sleep': Sarasota, Charlotte homeowners in limbo over unfinished houses.
Michelle Colburn
News
Excerpt from article : Alan Tannenbaum, a Sarasota construction litigation attorney with Tannenbaum Lemole & Kleinberg, once represented about 125 investors who found themselves in a similar situation as many of the Konsul Development's clients, with large deposits paid out and half-finished homes in North Port and Charlotte County. That case e...
THE PITFALLS TO FLORIDA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS OF UTILIZING NATIONAL INDUSTRY FORM CONTRACTS FOR REPAIR PROJECTS
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
The American Institute of Architects and three national engineering associations publish contract forms (AIA owner/general contractor agreements) and (EJCDC owner/general contractor agreements) that are intended for use nationally on major new construction projects.It's an easy default for Florida architects, engineers and contractors to recommend ...
BUYER BEWARE: ONEROUS GENERAL CONDITIONS MANY ENGINEERS ARE ATTACHING TO THEIR AGREEMENTS, AND NOT WARNING YOU ABOUT
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
Florida engineering firms servicing condos, and connected townhome and duplex buildings under HOA control, before the tragic Surfside condo collapse were already paying very high premiums for professional liability insurance. Plus, the per claim deductibles under these policies were very high, sometimes up to $100,000 per claim. After the Surfside ...
Delayed HOA Turnovers -  Can the Lot Owners Force Turnover?
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
Florida has a strong, comprehensive Condo Act (Chap. 718). It has a weak HOA Act (Chap. 720). It is apparent that developers in Florida kicked themselves for having allowed a consumer-friendly Condo Act to have been passed in the early 1970's by The Florida Legislature and vowed never to allow it to happen for deed-restricted HOA communities. The r...
Pandemic Supply-Chain Problems Shine Spotlight on Force Majeure Clauses in Major Repair Contracts
Jon Lemole
News
Many Americans are by now familiar with the shortage of consumer goods resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.Condominium and homeowners' associations have also been faced with supply disruptions affecting planned or on-going major repair projects.Many a community association is being asked by its contractors to accept both delays and price increases...
CONNECTED TOWNHOMES ADMINISTERED BY FLORIDA HOAs
Alan E. Tannenbaum
News
ARGUMENT FOR AMENDING THE CCRs EARLY ON TO MAXIMIZE THE HOA's MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, AND CLAIM AUTHORITY For decades after condos were first developed in Florida in the '60s, developers desiring to build and sell connected townhomes (duplexes, triplexes, quadruplexes, etc) declared the buildings to condominium. Under the condominium regime, typically...

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