Monthly Archives: September 2010

Aggressive collections strategy–promises and results

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A few months ago, Florida passed new laws that give our condominiums the power to restrict non-paying owners (and their guests and tenants) from using the common elements of the property.  This includes facilities like pools, exercise rooms and other … Continue reading

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Emotional support animals are NOT Service Animals–An important change to the ADA

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I’m not sure how this one flew under the radar, but on July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the ADA that can be found here.  Many of these changes can sometimes affect shared ownership communities. … Continue reading

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Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA–What are their loan requirements?

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One of the most painfully complex areas relating to shared ownership communities (condos, co-ops and hoas) are the varied and sometimes impenetrable rules laid out by three very important organizations–the Federal Housing Administration, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. I’ve written … Continue reading

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Astroturf and xeriscaping–part of the solution or the problem?

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Several weeks ago, Daniel Vasquez of the Sun-Sentinel wrote an article about Lesia DeFelice, a homeowner in an HOA in South Florida who replaced her lawn with Astroturf.  DeFelice argues that the turf is a necessary adjunct of xeriscaping, a … Continue reading

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Why Are Attorney Bills Privileged?

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This excellent blog post by David Swedelson, a shared ownership attorney in California, explains why attorney bills are not available to owners for review.  Definitely read the blog, but I’m going to add a bit of information myself to try … Continue reading

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Condo Comedy

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Three retirees are sitting and chatting by their condominium pool. First one says, “Windy, isn’t it?” Second one says, “No, its Thursday!” Third one says, “So am I. Let’s go get a beer.”

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 4–How to Create a Screening Procedure that’s Consistent and Fair

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This is the final installment in our How To Series regarding tenant and owner screening entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts And Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” So, given all of the difficulties I’ve previously addressed, as well … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 3–Is it a Good Idea?

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Determining Whether Screening is a Good Idea This is the third installment in our How To Series entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts and Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” We’ve already discussed whether screening is legal, but is screening … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 2–Is it Legal?

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This entry is the second installment in our How To Series on screening Condo or HOA owners or renters.  Our first question–Is it legal? Before your condo or HOA board decides to screen owners or tenants, understand at the outset … Continue reading

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Meeting Notice Requirements for FL SOC Boards–A Great Reference Chart

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Lisa Magill of the Condo/HOA Law Blog has written an excellent summary of Florida’s condo and HOA notice requirements–this is a great article to have linked in your favorites for future reference.

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