Category Archives: Owner Rights

New Neighborhoods–Clean Title, Common Element Repairs and Virtual Board Members

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Clean Title, Common Element Repairs and Virtual Board Members Dear Poliakoffs, I am contemplating buying a condominium unit from a condominium association that acquired title by foreclosing on its lien filed … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Covering Non-Paying Owners and Confidential Personnel Information

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Covering Non-Paying Owners and Confidential Personnel Information Dear Poliakoffs, My HOA in Jupiter has informed us that, although this year our quarterly assessments will not increase, because many delinquent owners do … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Email Board Meetings and Temporary Shutter Rules

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Email Board Meetings and Temporary Shutter Rules Dear Poliakoffs, Is it considered a meeting of the board of directors if the president or another member of the board emails the other … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Handicap Access to Board Meetings and Conflict of Interest Dear Poliakoffs, I reside in a community governed by a homeowner’s association.  The board of directors conducts its meetings at a location … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Parking Rules, Non-Owner Boards and Multi-Condominium Funds

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Parking Rules, Non-Owner Boards and Multi-Condominium Funds Dear Poliakoffs, We live in a 135-townhouse HOA development.  Since the development opened, there has been one nine-space parking lot used for overflow parking … Continue reading

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Controlling the Common areas in a Condo or HOA–How Far is Too Far?

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Everyone knows that condominium associations and homeowner’s associations have some control over the use of the common elements–it’s in fact part of the board’s job to make sure that the common areas are properly used and maintained.  But far too … Continue reading

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Can a HOA Charge Dog Owners an Extra Fee?

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For today’s blog I’m going to jump right in and answer a question from one of my readers, M.N. from Arizona… I read your selection on issues with dog poop in HOA’s. I live in an HOA where that is … Continue reading

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Condo President charged with stealing over $30,000

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We know it happens.  There are over 300,000 shared ownership communities (condos, co-ops and HOAs) in the United States.  Just based on sheer statistics, there have to be crimes committed in some of those businesses every single day.  Embezzlement in … 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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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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