In the first few years of this new century, the view was pretty rosy; it seemed
like property values would do nothing but rise forever. Monthly HOA meetings
actually attracted crowds. HOA boards even had extra money in their budgets.
This in an anxious time in which to sit on the board of directors. With defaults
and foreclosures accounting for some 20 percent or more of the units at some
condominiums, frustration among association members is off the charts.
If you live in a condo or a co-op, you’ve probably noticed that your building has at least one annual unit owner or
shareholder meeting each year.
It’s not random. The annual meeting is actually a Florida state-mandated law tha…
Birds in flight may be beautiful, but their departure sometimes leaves the nest
unprotected. And when that nest is in a condominium community, property
managers and boards must do their best to compensate.
This region is full …
The rippling effects of the recent recession has required all boards and
property managers to investigate progressive ways to ensure that their bottom
line is covered. While the latter has always been the inherent goal, the
When you’re decorating your home, there are two things you want to bear in mind if you
have children. You want to keep the design functional, but safe. After all,
anyone who’s ever had, or just looked after, a baby or toddler, can tell …
Clear and open communication between a condo or HOA board and its manager keeps
a community running like a well-oiled machine, with roles defined and followed.
Strains in that relationship can cause breakdowns in the machine, a…
Previously overshadowed by its neighbor—Miami—during the past few decades Fort Lauderdale has become a stand-alone
destination. It's a major yachting center and resort area that has become a
major port for cruise passengers. Despite the…
The big issue in our condominium complex is to gain control over the number of
rentals in the association. Is there a hard-and-fast rule as to the effect of
rentals on the value of our units? Owners who rent claim that controls are
If there is damage to my roof and it leaks into my condominium unit and I
reported it to the board three times with no repairs made, can I repair it
myself and deduct the cost from my common charges? Please advise.