Homeowners Association Director Nominations in Advance of the Annual Meeting

Traditionally, all phases of homeowners association board of directors elections, including nominations, voting,

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Clinton Morrell

and vote counting, are conducted at the annual meeting. However, the time consuming nature of this process has led some homeowners associations to require nominations prior to the annual meeting instead of “from the floor” at the meeting. This saves time at the annual meeting by allowing the Association to confirm the eligibility of the candidates ahead of time. Continue reading

Hurricane Shutters and Hurricane Protection Policies: Does your Condominium have what it needs?

With the recent threat from Hurricane Irma, many condominium associations were faced with emergency requests from unit owners for the association to install or for the association to allow owners to install hurricane shutters or other forms of hurricane protection.

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Monica Johnson

If an association had no hurricane protection policy in place, the association was likely unprepared to field these requests. Most board members would cringe at the thought of plywood being mounted on the windows, but if the association has not addressed what hurricane protection is acceptable, nor made arrangements for the association to install hurricane protection, the board of directors may not have the ability to deny an owner’s request to install their own form of code-compliant hurricane protection. Continue reading

Condominiums and Conflicts of Interest: How to interpret the rebuttable presumption

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Kathleen Reres

The legislature recently amended Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, relating to condominiums, to create a rebuttable presumption that a conflict of interest exist in certain situations.[1] A conflict of interest is a real or seeming incompatibility between one’s private interests and one’s public or fiduciary duties. Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).  Continue reading

Assignment of Condominium Limited Common Element Use Rights

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Clinton Morrell

Condominiums are comprised of “units” owned by individual owners and “common elements” owned collectively by all owners. Pursuant to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, “units” include all areas designated as such in the particular condominium’s governing documents, while “common elements” includes all other real property of the condominium which is not included within the units. Typical examples of common elements include pools and clubhouses. Generally, all owners are equally entitled to utilize the common elements of the condominium. Continue reading

Two’s Company, but Three’s a Crowd: A Third Party’s Right to Intervene in a Foreclosure Lawsuit

Jason Davis

Are subsequent title holders who obtain an interest in real property during the pendency of a foreclosure lawsuit where a lis pendens has been properly recorded (referred to as a “Purchaser Pendente Lite”), entitled to join in the lawsuit to protect that interest? In Bonafide Properties v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 198 So.3d 694 (2d DCA 2016) the Second District Court of Appeal says no and affirms the long standing doctrine of generally barring the intervention of a purchaser pendente lite in a pending lawsuit for foreclosure. Continue reading