See below for important 2021 Statutory Changes
Community associations are multi-faceted corporations responsible for critical community functions such as budgeting and finances, covenant enforcement, and insurance and maintenance of common property and improvements.
A community association is obligated to perform its duties in the interest of its membership in accordance with the governing documents of the community association as well as applicable statutory and administrative law. To this end, it is critical that a community association be proactive rather than reactive in identifying issues of importance to the community and its members.
Emmanuel, Sheppard, & Condon’s attorneys can assist in identifying critical issues which may affect the community association, and work to develop a comprehensive solution to those issues.
If your community association is in need of legal representation, please contact us to request an information package about the services we offer.
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon’s attorneys routinely provide advice and services to our community associations such as:
- Compliance with applicable statutory law and administrative regulations
- Corporate governance and operation
- Collection of assessments and fines
- Foreclosure of claims of lien
- Covenant violations
- Document drafting, amendment, and revision
- Extension or reinstatement of covenants, conditions, and restrictions due to implications of the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA)
- Association management and service contracts
- Association mergers
- Termination of the condominium form of ownership
- Statutory pre-suit mediation for homeowners associations
- Election disputes and recall arbitration
- Mediation and arbitration before the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes
Maintaining Adequate Reserves
Does your association maintain adequate reserves?
- “Collapsed Florida tower could have been repaired faster under repealed law, experts say” – NBC News
- Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes: Department of Business and Professional Regulation – Budgets & Reserve Schedules
- Community Association Institute: Condo Safety Resource Guide
2021 STATUTORY CHANGES
July 1, 2021 the following Florida Statutory changes will be effective.
- Senate Bill 630: Major Changes Impacting Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners’ Associations
- House Bill 463: Swimming Pool Regulations
- Senate Bill 56: Notice Requirements for Collecting Assessments
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon offers Florida Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations Board Member Education Classes, presented by Suzanne Blankenship, a Florida Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer. The classes are approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for Florida Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations. Classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Class completion certificates are issued upon completion. For more information, please contact Lindsay Bouler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- More classes to come in 2023.
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