With the coronavirus having been declared a pandemic and rapidly spreading throughout the United States, many Florida community associations are confronting unique issues and need to know how to combat the spread of coronavirus and comply with recommendations from health professionals while remaining compliant with governing documents and Florida law. If you serve on your association’s board, you may be asking:
- What are the association’s emergency powers?
- Can the association reschedule or cancel board and membership meetings or prohibit members from attending meetings in person?
- Can the association close the recreational facilities and amenities?
- Should the association forgive payment of assessments for owners facing hardship due to the coronavirus or stop its collection efforts?
- Should the association stop sending violation letters or imposing fines?
The answers to some of these questions will depend on the language in your community’s governing documents and you may need to consult with the Association’s counsel regarding your unique legal situation. Notwithstanding, this article is intended to give general guidance and a place to start when looking for answers to coronavirus questions. Continue reading