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Category: On The Board

Board Operations Running Effective Board Meetings
2015 July Running Effective Board Meetings

When it comes to the subject of meetings—specifically monthly board meetings or annual unit owner meetings in condos, co-ops, and HOAs—there seem to be no neutral opinions. A few folks actually like these exchanges, but most dread them. …

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Law & Legislation Avoiding Litigation
2015 June Avoiding Litigation

With dozens—and sometimes hundreds—of people living in a community governed by neighbors, acquaintances, and friends, disputes can transpire frequently, as is the case with condos and co-ops. Undoubtedly, disagreements among residents, boa…

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Law & Legislation Legal Tales from the Sunshine State
2015 June Legal Tales from the Sunshine State

Work in any business long enough, and chances are nothing will surprise you anymore. This is especially true of co-op and condo lawyers. Along with property managers, attorneys are keepers of some of the best stories to come out of South F…

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Law & Legislation The Condo as Legal Entity
2015 June The Condo as Legal Entity

In South Africa, it’s called a “sectional title.” In Quebec, it’s a copropriété divise or “divided co-property.” In Italy, they call it “condominio,” derived from Latin. Regardless of location, a condominium—commonly referred to as “condo”…

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Law & Legislation Legislative and Legal Update
2015 June Legislative and Legal Update

When you’re up to your earlobes in alligators, it’s hard to recall that your initial objective was to drain the swamp. —Old Florida Proverb A long-standing annual rite in the Florida Legislature is passage of an omnibus shared-owners…

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Law & Legislation Q&A: Unauthorized Spending
Q&A: Unauthorized Spending

Q I am a director, and during this past summer, a fellow director, along with our president who has been given approval privileges, have been spending and making unnecessary repairs without the knowledge or votes of the other 5 directors.…

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Law & Legislation Precedents in Condo Law
2015 March Precedents in Condo Law

By 2010, the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national organization providing resources for planned unit developments and homeowners associations, estimated that 24.8 million American homes, and 62 million residents are currently …

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Board Operations Loud & Clear
2015 February Loud & Clear

It's a truism that's been phrased many ways by many wise people: “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” That's the case in any number of situations, but it's especially applicable to the administration…

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Board Operations The Year Ahead in Florida
2015 February The Year Ahead in Florida

Florida is one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S., attracting people from across the country and around the world with its beaches, warm weather, natural wonders and wide array of recreational destinations. This isn't a new t…

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