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Deciding Whether to Buy Within an HOA-Managed Community

If a prospective homeowner is looking to buy within an HOA it is worth doing a cost-benefit analysis to see if the relative inconvenience of purchasing a home and living within an HOA-governed area is worth the additional value of the property.  On the whole, properties within an HOA are worth more than their counterparts [...]

Removing a Board Member from A Homeowners Association

If homeowners are having difficulty removing a board member from their homeowners association (HOA), they may want to consider seeking professional legal assistance. Legal counsel can help homeowners navigate the often complex process of removing a board member from your HOA. We have a team of experienced professionals who can help you every step of [...]

HOA Open Meetings vs Closed Meetings

Homeowners Association (HOA) open meetings can be held in open sessions where all members can attend. Alternatively, HOA meetings can also be held in closed, private sessions that are not announced to the community of members.   Deciding which topics warrant discussion in a closed session or open session must be done with care.  HOA or [...]

Implementing Electronic Voting in Associations

A legal framework supporting electronic voting by homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominium owners associations (COAs) has existed in Florida since 2015.  However, it was during the two years following the pandemic of 2020 that the use of electronic voting by associations went into overdrive.  Now that the use of secure Internet-based platforms to gather and [...]

How to Handle Disagreements with an HOA

Some 20% of the US population lives in communities governed by condo owners associations (COAs), cooperatives or homeowners associations (HOAs). While there are certainly advantages to living under an association (such as enjoying higher property values compared to surrounding non-association communities), conflicts between residents and association boards are commonplace. Indeed, the Coalition for Community Housing [...]

7 Types of Unenforceable HOA Rules

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Condo Associations (COAs) have been given broad legal authority to create and enforce rules within their communities.  Associations are permitted to restrict, control and regulate the activities of their members all with the ultimate goal of increasing the market values of the properties they govern.  Although the powers of associations are [...]

The Collections Process for Condo and Homeowners Association Fees 

Moving into a homeowners association (HOA) or condo owners association (COA) comes with the necessity to pay assessments and fees. While most home and condo owners pay these assessments when they are due, inevitably, some are not willing or able to do so on time and must be referred to collections.  Since assessments are associations’ [...]

New Condominium Structural Safety Provisions in Florida

In early 2022, Senate Bill 4-D, a legislative response to the 2021 Surfside collapse, was signed into law. The bill includes provisions that result in significant changes to Florida Statutes Chapters 553, 718, 719 and 720.  The spirit of the regulations is to improve the life safety of buildings managed by Condominium Associations (COAs) in [...]

Drone-Related Disputes and HOAs (Homeowner Associations)

The use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes occurs more frequently every year. While there are many benefits to drone usage, the likelihood of drone-related disputes and incidents on homeowner association (HOA) property is of concern to many HOAs and HOA members. HOAs and members can take steps today to allay concerns about drone [...]

How HOAs can Deny a Sale or Rental 

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are made up of board members who are elected by the owners in a community. The HOA then serves as a governing body with the authority to make and enforce rules and regulations that affect the community at large. One of the HOA’s duties is to determine whether potential buyers and tenants [...]