Category Archives: Bylaws

New Neighborhoods–The Hierarchy of Laws

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff The Hierarchy of Laws Dear Poliakoffs, When deciphering condominium documents and rules and regulations promulgated by the board, when the documents are out of synch – i.e., the articles and bylaws … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Responsibility for Pipe Maintenance and Non-Owners on Board

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Responsibility for Pipe Maintenance and Non-Owners on Board Dear Poliakoffs, First, let me tell you that your column is always informative, and condo owners appreciate your efforts.  Now it is my … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration Dear Poliakoffs, My mom moved into an assisted living facility and was no longer able to pay her dues and assessments on her condominium.  She quit … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–How to Control Messy Pets in Condos, Co-Ops and HOAs?

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Hi all!  First, I wanted to apologize for the infrequency of my posts during the past couple of weeks.  I had a family emergency that I had to deal with, but I promise to get back on track this week. … Continue reading

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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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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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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 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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