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    • Homeowners' Association

    • Being on the board of a community association can be both rewarding and difficult — a minefield for even the most seasoned and well-intentioned mediator. Laws at the federal, state and local levels are changed, passed, or modified; buildings start showing their age; interest rates come and go more than two-celebrity marriages, and that doesn’t even take into account budget constraints, insurance companies and community elections. If you are among the more than 66 million Americans who [...]

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      Legal Matters - Richard DeBoest Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross respond to questions about Florida community association law. With offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Coral Gables and Boca Raton, the firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law. Q: Our governing documents allow pets but prohibit pit bulls. A person has submitted an application to [...]

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      By Laura Otto For the eighth time in 15 years, Americans living in homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives say they’re overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities, according to the 2020 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey published by the Foundation for Community Association Research for Community Associations Institute. The biennial, nationwide survey is administered by independent researcher Zogby Analytics and provides a better understanding [...]

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      By Amy Repke omeowners associations have adjusted to a new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes remote meetings and elections, closed common areas and amenities, and social distancing.   As states lifted their stay-at-home orders and businesses began to open their doors, homeowners associations started to decide how and whether to reopen common areas and amenities. Board members, community managers, and business partners asked: What approach should we [...]

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      With summer here, now is the time to begin taking the necessary safety precautions for residents of your HOA. Some of these tips might depend on the types of property and the current services provided, but with the increased temperatures and reliance on air conditioning, here are a few of the most important summer safety tips for your HOA residents. Follow Grilling Requirements Some properties do not allow grilling outside of individual units. If this is protocol it is important for all [...]

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      By Amada Merritt Are you looking to increase the safety and security of your community with security cameras? If so, look no further. Here are a few tips you’ll need before you get started.

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      If your community association allows pets--but with restrictions--you need a plan for dealing with scofflaws. Here are five rules for addressing negligent owners in your homeowner association. 1) Enforce the rules. Though you may love pets yourself, people have bought into your HOA in part because they liked the rules that governed owners' behavior. It's your job--and fiduciary duty--as a board member of your homeowners association to enforce those rules. It doesn't matter that Sparky is [...]

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      Just like zoning laws enacted by local governments to preserve and ensure the safety, health, and character of a community, your HOA covenants and by-laws exist to protect your property values, ensure an expected standard of living, and allow for efficient management of HOA resources. Knowing the HOA covenants/by-laws prior to purchasing ensure you have the proper fit to your lifestyle. Why on earth would you move into a community that you know conflicts with your lifestyle? Know that the [...]

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      Many individuals who are elected to serve on their Association’s Board of Directors quickly discover that they do not have an adequate background for all of the tasks that they must perform as a board member. They realize that they don't have the resources, experience, or knowledge to respond to all of the issues that arise in the management of the Association. As a result, the decision is often made to hire a professional HOA management company. Communities Attract Better Residents As [...]

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      Every home buying process is unique. No circumstances or instances will be very similar. Sometimes, your preferred house may be subject to the rules and regulations of a HOA or Homeowner's Association. In this entry, you'll be presented with the top 4 benefits of living in a HOA Community. Reduced maintenance responsibilities A homeowner's association collect due fees to its members. This is in exchange of lesser maintenance responsibilities within the community. Every member will be [...]

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