Ansbacher On Associations

A discussion of Florida Real Estate with an emphasis on Condominiums and Homeowner Associations

Florida Legislature Preparing for 2014 Legislative Session

The Florida Legislature meets every year to consider new laws.  The annual session for 2014 will begin on March 4, 2014 and continue through May 2, 2014.  All bills must be approved by both the Florida House and the Florida …

Today is the Deadline to Register Florida Homeowner Associations with Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes

The Florida Legislature amended Chapter 720 Florida Statutes this year to require registration of every Florida community association.  The law requires the community association manager to file the registration no later than November 22, 2013.If an association does not use …

Florida Supreme Court Approves Receiverships for Condo Associations

On October 31, 2013 the Florida Supreme Court settled the dispute over when a Court can appoint a receiver for a Florida condominium association.  One side of the debate argued that the Court’s role and discretion was limited to those …

Affidavit of Annual Budget Mailing Critical to Ability to Collect Assessments

In a recent case heard in Pinellas County, Florida the Court denied the homeowners association entitlement to an award of its assessments the community association manager filed an “ambiguous” affidavit to prove that the notice of annual budget meeting was …

Check Your Insurance Policy!

We recommend that every condominium association and homeowners association review their insurance policies on an annual basis.  Every year the board of directors should request that the insurance agent(s) for the association provide the following information: A list of every …

Florida Bar Seeks to Better Define Role of Lawyers vs. Role of Community Association Managers

The Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law held hearings to determine if the rulings on which activities performed by non-attorney licensed community association managers constituted the impermissible practice of law. In response to written submissions and testimony at the …

Property manager not covered by Fair Debt Act

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal appellate court with jurisdiction over Southeastern states including Florida, issued a ruling finding that property managers collecting debts incidental to their management services, are not considered debt collectors under Federal law. In their ruling, the court found that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act did not apply to the activities of the community association management firm.

Although this case involved a Georgia community, the same reasoning should apply in Florida. For more information, please give us a call. 904.737.4600

Learn About Florida’s Merit Retention Before You Vote.

Florida’s independent judiciary is under political assault. There is an attempt to remove all sitting judges simply to allow the current governor to ‘stack the deck’ with his own political appointees.

Learn more at: http://www.floridabar.org/thevotesinyourcourt

Can Florida homeowners sue builders for bad roads, walls?

Can Florida homeowners sue builders for bad roads, walls? February 07, 2012|Daniel Vasquez – On Condos, On Condos Whether a Florida buyer of a new home in a shared community has the right to sue a developer for faulty roads …

2012 Florida Legislative Session Reaches Midpoint

Florida’s legislature began its annual 60 day session on January 10, 2012.  As the session reaches its midpoint, we have begun to track bills of interest to community associations and condominiums.  As always, many new laws are proposed as last …