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2015 July Q&A: Changing Management Companies

Q Our association recently hired a new management company. An announcement was sent to the homeowners announcing the change. A new board initiated this action with no input from the homeowners and no discussion. I have specifically reques…

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2015 June Q&A: Returning Surplus Funds

Returning Surplus Funds Q We are a 56-unit condominium. Our bylaws require that end-of-year excess funds be returned to unit owners either in a lump sum or credited to monthly installments until exhausted. Bylaws define excess funds…

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2015 June Q&A: Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere Q Our condo was built in the early ‘80s. The developer didn’t have the foresight to include a slope or pitch when constructing the balconies. (My building has 6 floors, for example). Needless to say, when it …

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2015 June Q&A: Error of Omission?

Error of Omission? Q Our association recently had to replace a pool safety cover. It was 14 years old and just could not be patched anymore. We got quotes for the cover and selected a vendor. Thinking this replacement would be funde…

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2015 May Q&A: Hitting a Sea Wall

My husband and I were not allowed to vote on a special assessment for a non-emergency sea wall. I believe this is in violation of Homeowner's Covenant and Florida Statutes 720.303. In 2011, the majority of our five-member board, who represe…

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2015 May Q&A: How Do We Set Up a Reserve Fund?

Q I am the board president of a condo association in Miami, Florida. I think it’s a great idea and fiscally prudent, as well, to have a reserve fund to take care of any unexpected expenditures that might arise. However, the residents in o…

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2015 April Q&A: When an Owner Falls Behind

I am a property manager and I manage a smaller-sized condo association in South Florida. Unfortunately, there happens to be one owner who is several months behind in paying their assessment. The board has followed the proper standard protoc…

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2015 April Q&A: Bad Board

I live in a condo community that is supposed to be represented by its board members and the board attorney but the two seemingly only serve themselves. In researching this board attorney, I am finding that he writes for several newsletters …

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2015 March Q&A: Maintaining Common Areas

Can you please tell me if a shareholder has any right regarding the maintenance and upkeep of a building's common area, especially in a case where said area has begun to affect said shareholder's property detrimentally? —No Curb Appeal i…

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