Jonathan Ellis and Kathleen Reres attended the Fall 2015 Tampa Bay Condo & HOA Expo at the Tampa Convention Center on October 21, 2015. This Expo attracts industry leaders who share their specialized knowledge and experience and provide relevant, practical tools and information that attendees can take and put to use in their capacity as a board member or property manager.
On July 1, 2015, recent amendments to Chapters 718 and 720, Florida Statutes went into effect which will impact all condominium and homeowners’ associations in the state of Florida.
Chapter 720, Florida Statutes was officially renamed the “Homeowners’ Association Act,” and among the more significant changes, the procedure for fining unit owners for violations of the governing documents has been amended to clarify that fines must initially be levied by the board of directors, subject to an opportunity to be heard before an impartial fining committee whose role is limited to confirming or rejecting the fine. It remains unclear whether a fine must be reviewed by the fining committee where a unit owner fails to actually request a hearing. As a result, we continue to recommend that all fines be made subject to review by the fining committee. Continue reading