Oftentimes when someone mentions mediation, divorce instantly comes to mind, not how it applies to your HOA. Some states have adopted mediation as the “go to” standard in HOA disputes prior to entering litigation. The State of Florida Homeowners Association Act requires presuit mediation before … [Read more...]
Mediation – Looking at another’s point of view
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” (Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, 1960). How poignant this quote from a fictional lawyer and father who teaches his children in part to see life from another person’s … [Read more...]
A Brief History of the HOA…Ever Wonder Where It All Began?
Depending upon your age or chosen profession, or where you grew up, curiosity or love of American history, you may or may not know of Levittown, New York. In 1947 the construction firm Levitt & Sons began building the first development of tract housing. This development occurred in response … [Read more...]
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!!
Last month I had viewed online a compelling news report regarding the Mainlands 3 Retirement Community in Tamarac, Florida. The report discussed the homeowner’s dispute with their Association Board. In a nutshell, the Board declared what I would consider ‘mutiny’ and clear nepotism upon its … [Read more...]
2014 Florida Legislation Affecting Community Associations
Last week I attended a very informative legal update seminar at the Law Offices of Rosenbaum Mollengarden in West Palm Beach, FL. The topic was the legislation affecting community associations effective July 1, 2014 and case law update. Highlights included new requirements for community … [Read more...]