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HOAs in Florida

HOAs in Florida Nationwide, HOAs collect $96 billion per year from homeowners.There are 49,000 HOAs in FloridaRoughly 9.6 million Floridians live in HOA communities.Each Florida HOA has on average 200 residents.45% of the state’s population lives in HOA communities.>65% of Florida homeowners are part of HOAs.Some 3.5 million Florida homes are part of HOA communities.Homeownership [...]

Who’s Who in an HOA?

A homeowner's association (HOA) is an organization that governs a planned community or condominium building.  It consists of members, directors and officers and enforces rules across all of the association’s common area property as well as rules imposed upon owners and residents. Homeowners who are members of a homeowners association (HOA) may want to understand [...]

Q&A: Florida HOA Board Member Certification

In order to ensure all board members of homeowners associations (HOAs), condo associations, mobile home associations and co-op associations are up to speed on applicable regulations, board members are required to obtain a certification.  Question: How much time do board members have to complete the certification course and pass the test? Answer: Board directors must [...]

Four Different Types of Planned Community Associations

Many community associations including HOAs, Condo Associations and Cooperatives all have similar characteristics.  However, there exist differences depending on the types of residences under management and the type of financial arrangement made by the owners of the homes.  There are four distinct types of association in the state of Florida. Planned Community HOAs Planned communities [...]

Condo Associations and Their Responsibilities

The recent tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida has drawn the nation’s attention to condo associations in this state. Much of this attention centers on the roles, characteristics and responsibilities of condo associations throughout Florida.  Florida condo associations are fiduciaries, (usually) non-profit entities, consist of decision-making panels of community representatives and are [...]

Emotional Support Animals and Florida Condo Associations

Chapter 760 of the Florida Statutes protects residents of the state who need emotional support animals (ESA) while penalizing providers of fake online certificates that are designed to claim that any animal is an ESA. The statute specifies the type of certification used to verify an ESA, therefore protecting those who have legitimately documented animals [...]

Starting an HOA for A Florida Community

Many Florida-based planned communities were started with a Homeowners Association already in place.  However, a number of existing neighborhoods in the State of Florida have not yet formed an HOA to govern their communities.  In such cases, a group of residents may take it upon themselves to launch an HOA. Doing so requires a degree [...]

HOAs, Condo Associations and Solar Panels

The State of Florida has regulations in place to protect the rights of homeowners who use renewable energy practices and install solar panels and other renewable energy hardware.  While homeowner associations (HOAs) define the aesthetic of their neighborhoods with rules on what improvements can be made, they have limited leeway in restricting residents' rights to [...]

HOAs: 4 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Property Management Company

Many associations in the state of Florida manage their properties by hiring a property management company.  A property management company is a third-party entity that is contracted to handle the day-to-day operations of a real estate asset. Whether or not to hire a property management company depends on a number of factors that includes the [...]

What to Know Before Serving in an HOA or Condo Association

The Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or Condo Association is the governing administration of a housing or condominium community.  The vast majority of new developments and nearly every condo or townhome development in the State of Florida has an HOA board that is made up of volunteer homeowners. There are some basics that all residents who are [...]