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Community Association Law
2022 Legislative Session in Florida Wrap Up with Yeline Goin, Becker & Poliakoff
Take It to the Board: Keeping Cool With Jane Gilbert, Chief Heat Officer, Miami-Dade County
Community Update – September 2021
Take It to the Board: Association Advocacy with Commissioner Mary Molina-Macfie, City of Weston, FL
Take It to the Board: Reserve Funds and Studies with Robert Nordlund, Founder and CEO, Association Reserves
Las Olas Lifestyle’s Women of Influence: Donna DiMaggio Berger
Condo Owners, Put Your Masks Back On. COVID Rules Are Returning
Sweeping New Association Law Takes Effect in Florida
Donna DiMaggio Berger Addresses Service Animal/ESA Challenge for Community Associations
Legislative Changes on the Horizon
Take It To The Board! Becker Launches Community Association Podcast
Your Condo Building Still Can Require Masks & Much More
Symbols of Change
Does New Law SB 72 Protect Community Associations From COVID-19 Claims?
SPOTLIGHT: Donna DiMaggio Berger, Community Association Law
Community Association Boards Face Holiday Challenges During Pandemic
Fewer Snowbirds Flocking to Florida as COVID-19 Persists
Keeping Politics Out of Your Community Association
10 Things to Know About Florida’s New Emotional Support Animal Law
“Opinion: Condo Associations Must Set Clear Coronavirus Rules – and Enforce Them,” Miami Herald
How to Minimize Coronavirus Risk in Fla. Residential Communities
Water leaks in your condo: Who’s responsible? | Opinion
Community Associations Threatened With Website Litigation Under the ADA
Condo Boards Can’t Turn Down Applicants Just Because They Don’t Like Them
Are there skeletons in your Association’s closet?
Donna DiMaggio Berger Appears on Money Matters Top Tips Podcast
Mutual of Omaha’s 10th Annual Leadership Summit
“I SEE YOU”: The Growing Demand to Install Video Doorbells in Multifamily Buildings
Negligent Security Case Costs Association and Management Company Significant Money
Is Your Building Nearing its 40th Birthday?
The Association Can Inform the Members but Not Tip the Scales!
A Primer on Budgeting and Reserves
Some States are protecting First Amendment Rights in Private Residential Communities. Will the Sunshine State follow suit?
FL Division of Condos Proposes Greater Financial Penalties on Associations
Guess Who’s Coming to Speak? Florida Condominium Owners Have Statutory Right to Invite a Candidate for Public Office or a Public Officer to Speak in Common Areas.
Deadline looms for older Florida High-Rises to Install Engineered Life Safety Systems!
Know What You Are Getting into Before Your Board Agrees to an Indemnification Clause
What Are Your Board’s Rights and Obligations with Regard to Sales and Financing in Your Community?
Should Your Association Eliminate Some of Your Outdated Rules?
Mental Health Issues in a Community Association Context
When Construction Occurs Next Door, Your Board Needs to Get Involved Early!
Summer Shut-Down Considerations for Seasonal Communities
Getting A Mulligan (Do-Over) for Your Board in 2018
Improve Your Members’ Chances of Casting a Successful Election Ballot
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Board
In Defense of HOAs
Countdown to 7/1/18 and the New Website Requirements for FL Condominium Associations
Can Your Community Association Stop Bullying and Harassment in Their Tracks?
A Rude Awakening: Your Board May Not Have the Right to Screen Leases and Sales at All!
A Different Kind of Blog Post: A Letter to My Children
Community Association Questions Post Hurricane Irma
Associations Dealing with Unique Problems Post Hurricane Irma
Your Florida Board of Directors Now Has Emergency Powers as a Result of Hurricane Irma; What Will You Do With Them?
Five Mistakes Your Board of Directors Can Avoid if Hurricane Irma Hits
Could Your Community Association Turn into the Next Confederate Symbol Battleground?
When Differences Turn into Dysfunction: Why Your Board of Directors Needs a Code of Conduct
Going Too Far Down the Rabbit Hole: How Our National Political Discourse Parallels Our Community Association Discourse
“What’s in a Name?” Quite a Bit, Particularly for Association Board Members Who Have Been Defamed.
Would You Know If Financial Fraud Is Taking Place in Your Community?
YOU ASKED AND WE DELIVERED! Florida High-Rises Achieve ELSS Opt Out Rights!
Be Prepared to Answer the Question “Why?” if You Want to Defuse Conflict in Your Community
Part III of the Breaking Up Series: Leaving the Past Behind You
Part II of the Breaking Series: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lawyer
FL Associations Beware: Governor Signs Law Today which Shortens Screening Time for Members of the Military!
Email Intelligence – Does Your Board Possess It?
Breaking up is hard to do: PART I – How to Navigate Management Company Transitions
Attention Boards: Your Two Favorite Menaces Have Combined: Airbnb and Pets!
Will Your Community Association be Sponsored by Advertisers Someday?
If Hillary and Donald Were Running for Your Condo or HOA Board Which One Would Get Your Vote?
Indemnity Provisions Can Leave Associations Holding the Bag for Someone’s Wrongdoing!
The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Fire Sprinkler Retrofits
Zika Virus and Your Community Association
Pokemon GO…. Away! Mobile Game Can Spell Headaches for Private Residential Communities.
The Fuss about Florida’s Fire Sprinkler Opt Out Deadline
How to Prevent an “Act of God” from Derailing Your Community.
Could Defective Pipes Be The Cause of Unexplained Water Leaks in Your Building?
Why You Need to Listen to The Dissenting Voices In Your Community
Are Criminal Background Checks For New Purchasers and Renters in a Community Association Discriminatory?
Online Voting Could Spell the End to Association Election Fraud in Florida!
Association Rules Specifying Children Can Spell Trouble!
Mistakes Both Presidential and Association Candidates Make When Trying to Get Your Vote!
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute – Just Make Sure Your Association Isn’t One of Them
Part II of Guns in Community Associations – Can your Board of Directors Restrict or Prohibit Firearms In and On the Common Areas?
Can your Board of Directors Ban Guns in Your Community?
Problem Parking in your Community Association?
Why Do Most People Hate Paying Legal Fees?
Why Should Your Community Consider Trademarking its Name and Logo?
Clearly defining nuisance activity in your governing documents can help association boards avoid future headaches
Does Your Community’s Relationship with Your Insurance Agent Qualify as a “Special Relationship”?
Florida’s Community Association Arbitrators Seek Salary Review
Will Florida’s New Online Election Law for Community Associations Spell Welcome Relief or More Headaches?
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Housing Law Could Have Wide-Ranging Impact on Community Associations
Has Your Community Ever Assigned Your Post-Loss Claim or Insurance Policy Benefits to a Contractor? Two Recent Court Rulings Uphold Your Right to Do So.
12 Angry Men-Classic Movie or Average Association Master Board Meeting?
Florida Shared Ownership Statutes Continue to Catch up with Digital Age
Five Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Serving on Your Association’s Board
Is It Time for Local and State Governments to Do Some of the Heavy Lifting for Community Associations When It Comes to Secondhand Smoke?
How Important Is It to Have a Title on Your Association’s Board of Directors?
Why Do Some Association Boards Decide to “Go It Alone”
Words Matter: Is Your Board Precise with Its Terminology?
Should You Stay or Should You Go? Directors- Think Twice Before Tendering That Resignation!
Trust but Verify-Does Your Board Do Its “Due Diligence” When Selecting Professional Advisers and Vendors?
What Is Your Community’s Most Outlandish Emotional Support Animal Request?
Governing Documents Determine How Parking Spaces Are Defined
Defining a Nuisance in Your Community
Filling out Lender and Title Agency Questionnaires-Should Your Community Association Take the Extra Step?
When Tragedy Strikes in a Community Association
Multiculturalism and Your Community Association
Videotaping Community Association Meetings-Where Do the Owners’ Rights Start and the Directors’ Rights End?
Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness-Especially in a Community Association!
How Can Your Attorney Help Build Your Community’s Brand?
Does Your Condominium, Cooperative or HOA Board Know If and When It Is Appropriate to Grant a Hardship Exemption?
Does Your Board Undertake “Due Diligence”?
Five Things a Community Association Board of Directors Should Never Do!
Building and Protecting a Brand for Your Community Association-Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on Association Branding!
Medical Marijuana, Google Glass and Other New Subjects for Association Use Restrictions
Which Affirmative Defenses Might Derail Your Community’s Enforcement Efforts?
New Blog Name…Even Broader View of Community Association Issues!
What Exactly Does Grandfathering Mean in Your Community?
Could Your Condominium Be Voluntarily Terminated?
Construction Cranes Are Going up but Would You Buy a New Condo?
BP Oil Is Still Paying on Claims. Could Your Association or Individual Community Members Be Eligible?
Some Guidance for New Board Members
Should Your Community Seek FHA Certification?
Does Your Community File the Proper Tax Return?
Moms’ Best Advice for Community Associations
Does Your Community Association Have Its Own Brand?
How Well Informed Are You on Directors & Officers Coverage?
Is Anyone Performing Background Checks on Directors?
An Owner’s Right to Privacy vs. Association’s Need to Perform Preventative Services
My Emotional Support Animal Is Bigger Than Yours!
Five Things Your Board of Directors and Neighbors Won’t Tell You.
Are Golf Course Communities Becoming a Thing of the Past?
A Legal Homecoming
“A Man Cannot Serve Two Masters” – Directors and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Pro Se Appellant Wins Big Against Bank
Are Developers Starting to Build Consistently with Community Association Trends?
When Your Home Is Also Your Office: Dealing with Single Family Use Restrictions
What I learned at the Annual CAI Law Seminar
Common Elements Require Common Sense
Squatters Rent out Foreclosed Properties – Today’s Realities
Does Your Board Define the Problem Before Passing Rules?
Do You Know an Association Manager Worthy of the Manager of the Year Award?
Is Secondhand Smoke Impacting your Community? Take CAN’s Up In Smoke Survey.
Directors Do Your Duty!
Has Your Community Ever Encountered a Non-Compete Clause?
Court Rebukes Delinquent Landlord Who Attempts to Evict Tenants Paying Rent to Condominium Association
Do You Know What Air Bed & Breakfast Is and How It Might Impact Your Community?
Not Every Child Should Grow up to Be a Lawyer
Should Community Association Boards Speak to the Media?
Have You Ever Been the Victim of a Crime in Your Community Association?
Do You Attend Community Association Trade Shows?
And the Academy Award Goes To…..Your Community Association?
Condominium Association Could Pay Price for Failing to Comply with Division’s Discovery Demands
Hanging On: Directors Who Fail to Turn over Association Records and Property
Should Associations Articulate the Reason for Denying a Proposed Renter or Purchaser?
Could Academic Principles Transform Private Residential Communities?
Bank Awarded Fees After Condominium Association Pushes Too Far!
Community Associations and Property Insurance: Many Questions, Many Concerns
Where Does Your Condominium, Cooperative or HOA Board Hold Its Meetings?
How to Start Building a Valuable Brand for Your Community Association? Part II of Our Branding Series!
Think Before You Hit Send: Directors, Managers and Emails
What Is Keeping People from Serving on Their Community Association Boards?
What Will Trayvon Martin’s Legacy Be for Community Associations?
Do You Know the Top 10 Costliest U.S. Natural Disasters from 1980-2010?
What Lengths Would You Go to in Order to Stop Speeding in Your Community?
Three Things Every Community Association Board of Directors Should Never Underestimate
Annual Check-up for Community Associations
Do You Have Directors Who Are Missing in Action?
What Are the Real Reasons for Certain Association Rules?
Association Restrictions a Welcome Relief from Ineffective City Ordinances?
What Individual Owner Behaviors Pose a Safety and Security Risk for Your Community?
Speedier Bank Foreclosures in Florida Thanks to Recent Legislation!
My Time on My HOA Board
Owner Sues HOA Board for Failing to Preserve Restrictive Covenants
The Tax Man Cometh for Associations Too!
Jury Finds Condo Association and Management Company 90% Liable for Child’s Death
Should Boards Reveal the Names of Delinquent Owners?
Are Folks Really Being Forced to Buy Homes Inside Associations?
Leaning In: Is there a Gender Gap on Community Association Boards?
Recent Florida Supreme Court Ruling Helps Association Injured by Insurance Broker
Different Perspectives on Foreclosures Could Hurt Association Bill’s Chances
Hanging on for Far Too Long…Developers’ Reservation of Rights Often Pose Long-Term Problems for Association Residents