With Kathy Naughton, CMCA, AMS and Matt Kuisle Reserve Advisors, Inc. at the Community Associations Institute Leadership Forum participating in informative, educational sessions including a FL legislative update by Travis Moore and disaster relief with Tara Munoz, Leeyen Sieza, Gary van der Laan, … [Read more...]
“Your Condo HOA Tip of the Day” Retrofitting Your Condo’s Fire Sprinkler System
“Your Condo/HOA Tip of the Day” is all about the latest hot topics due to the recent statutory changes to community association law. Today the focus is on Florida's Gov. Rick Scott’s eleventh hour veto of HB 653 to amend the condo fire sprinkler retrofitting and engineered life safety systems (ELSS) … [Read more...]
Know When to Hold ‘Em
"Your Condo/HOA Tip of the Day" Do you know the conceal carry laws in your state? If you live in a Community Association the governing documents, upheld by the Board, may prohibit you from carrying a weapon into the common elements, i.e. the clubhouse or pool. Although the 2nd Amendment allows us … [Read more...]
Mediation and Your Community Association
How is dispute resolution handled in your Condo or HOA? Some states have adopted mediation as the “go to” standard in community association (CA) disputes. For example, The State of Florida Homeowners Association Act requires presuit mediation before litigation.[i] Colorado’s Judicial Department … [Read more...]
Heart and Soul of a CAM
When speaking about experiences living in a community association more often than not, there are war stories and complaints coming from all sides. But having recently attended a conference for Community Association Managers (CAM) I must admit I did not feel remotely close to a battlefield or to any … [Read more...]
Ho Ho Ho and This Year “Uh… No.”
Every December since I’ve moved in to my (HOA) community our Board of Directors along with the residents have held a holiday party in a common area within the community. Our community park has a lovely paved, well-lit path that leads into a long, … [Read more...]
CAM vs. Board: What is their Role?
What is the role of your CAM (Community Association Manger) versus that of your Association Board? Ask any homeowner or Board Member what they think the role of the CAM is and undoubtedly based on how many people were asked you will get that number in different answers! If you live in a community … [Read more...]
Receivership Options … Best Interest or Trouble for My Association?
Is a receiver needed or in the best interest of your condominium or homeowner’s association to carry on its affairs under certain circumstances? Association and board members may not even understand the duty of a receiver as defined by their state laws and governing documents. “State laws for … [Read more...]
Difficult Association Members and How to Deal With Them
There’s always one… that one difficult neighbor. The person who always has an issue or complaint, whether it’s maintenance; your yard; or your music is too loud, the list is endless. Crafty complainers will conjure up frivolous issues; cite Florida law even when they have no legal background! While … [Read more...]
Electronic Voting: Good or Bad for Your Community?
As of July 1st of last year Florida Statutes were amended and now provide that Homeowner Associations (HOA) and Condominiums may conduct elections via an internet- based voting system. While a good option in theory, there has been much hullabaloo surrounding this issue. First, there are many … [Read more...]