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Sunshine and Structure: Mastering HOA Board Meetings in Florida
James “Jim” Turffs
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In Florida, the successful operation of HOAs hinges on a crucial forum: the board of directors meeting. These gatherings, governed by Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes and guided by the principles of Robert's Rules of Order, ultimately determine how the association is operated. To increase efficiency and reduce conflicts with members, HOAs can us
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The First Amendment And Managed Communities
James “Jim” Turffs
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Homeowners associations often look like mini governments. If you ask a lot owner facing a fine or other violation, they will probably tell you that their HOA is an authoritarian regime oppressing the innocent owners in the community or that the Board of Directors is on a power trip. That said, Florida courts have consistently held that HOAs are not
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Florida Legislature Opens the Runway for Increased Use of Drone Delivery Services
Jon Lemole
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Drones.  Love them or hate them, there are some compelling considerations for more widespread availability of drone delivery services.  With the explosion of home delivery by online retailers and grocery stores, it’s not unusual for condo and homeowners associations to see multiple daily visits by heavy delivery trucks.  Besides bloc
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Don't Let the Florida Statute of Repose Catch Your Association by Surprise
Alan E. Tannenbaum
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As of January 1, 2024, was the temporary or final certificate of occupancy for any of your buildings (condos, townhomes/duplexes administered by an HOA, HOA clubhouse, etc.) issued more than six years prior but less than ten years prior? Or, as of January 1, 2024, were any improvements at your development (paving, drainage structures, tennis courts
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Innocuous Association Rule or Covert Discrimination?
Destinee Small
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One of the basic functions of homeowners' and condominium associations is to create rules governing member and guest behavior. In undertaking this role, homeowners' and condominium associations face the risk of acting in a manner that is discriminatory. The Fair Housing Act ("FHA") in 1968, and the additions to that Act since that time have codifie...
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Florida SB 154 - The Condominium Safety Legislation "Glitch Bill"
Michelle Colburn
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Alan Tannenbaum, Esq.: My name is Alan Tannenbaum of the law firm of Tannenbaum, Lemole & Hill. And I have my partners, Jon Lemole and Cindy Hill, and our associates, Destinee Small and Jennifer Myers, are on with us today. Today's program is going to be run by Jon and Cindy, who have been more closely attending to the particular bills at issue...
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A Quick-Reference Guide to Complying with Florida’s New Condo Safety and Reserve Funding Legislation After SB-154 (2023) – The “Glitch Bill”*
Jon Lemole
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The recent Florida condominium safety and reserve funding legislation has proved to be a source of confusion for many Florida condominium associations.The stakes are high since these statutes took effect as of July 1, 2022.In SB-154 (the "Glitch Bill"), the Legislature attempted to remove various ambiguities in the original legislation.For many con...
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Smart Board & Property Manager Legal Guide: Key Elements In A Repair Contract
Michelle Colburn
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Alan Tannenbaum, Esq.: My name is Alan Tannenbaum, and our firm is Tannenbaum, Lemole & Hill, and we are giving a presentation today on key elements in a repair contract. Since the last Smart Board, we've had two lawyer additions to our firm. And you'll see today, Destinee Small and Jennifer Myers, who have joined our firm as associates and the...
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Demystifying Budgets & Assessments: Insights from Industry Leaders
Michelle Colburn
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Video Insights: Importance of Reserve Studies The Surfside tragedy in Florida highlighted the importance of saving funds for older buildings and brought attention to the lack of best practices in funding reserves. The latest law on waiving reserves is increasing the threshold for waiving or partially funding reserves, encouraging boards to stop pas...