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Florida Legislature Considers Ban on Estoppel Fees

Should all homeowners pay for estoppel certificates when one owner is looking to sell? The Florida Senate is considering a new law to eliminate estoppel fees charged by homeowners and condominium associations (See, 2024 Senate Bill 278, https://legiscan.com/FL/text/S0278/id/2852034). An estoppel certificate is typically ordered by a title company as part of a closing for a […]

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Seeing Signs

The sign at the entrance or reception area of a business is often one of the first things you notice when you enter. More than just displaying the business’ branding and identity, it sends a subtle message that the business is established and, hopefully, here to stay. When I started DHN Attorneys in November 2013, […]

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Pointing Fingers: General Versus Sub-Contractors

Our townhome and condominium association clients are required to commence with multiple construction projects to meet the needs of their members. These primarily involve roofing or repainting projects but can also include upgrading amenities and common areas, improving security systems, or even improving energy efficiency through insulation or solar panel installations. Despite spending millions of […]

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2023 Legislative Updates: Part 2

The following is a summary of the recent legislative updates coming effective in 2023. This article is for general use only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about how this may impact your community association, we strongly encourage you to contact your management or legal professional partners for guidance. […]

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2023 Legislative Updates: Part I

The following is a summary of the recent legislative updates coming effective in 2023. This article is for general use only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about how this may impact your community association, we strongly encourage you to contact your management or legal professional partners for guidance. […]

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Shining the Light on Official Records

In the State of Florida, transparency and accountability are highly valued in both private and public organizations. The Florida Sunshine Laws not only apply to state government entities, but also homeowners associations. This blog will delve into what Florida Sunshine Laws are and how they apply to homeowners associations, what are considered official records of […]

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No Place Like Someone Else's Home

The proliferation of short term rentals has raised several concerns. What steps can your community association take to curb some of these issues? Short term rentals through popular portals such as AirBnB have become increasingly popular in recent years. With Airbnb, travelers can choose from a wide range of accommodations, from cozy apartments to luxurious […]

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2021 Legislative Changes affecting Associations (Part 2)

Senate Bill 56 has been signed into law and will take effect July 1, 2021. This act relates to community association assessment notice. We have outlined the most significant amendments below: CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS Affirmative acknowledges made pursuant to s 718.121(4)(c) are part of the official records of the association. This affirmative acknowledgement is an acknowledgement […]

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2021 Legislative Changes affecting Associations (Part 1)

Senate Bill 630 is anticipated to become law and would take effect July 1, 2021. How will this affect Associations? Please see some of the highlights below! CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION 718.111 Official Records Bids for work only need to be maintained for one year after receipt of the bid. Association members do not have to state […]

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