Homeowner and condominium associations are very popular in Florida, at least with the developers, but not with the homeowners. These associations pose special problems to property owners because they are private corporations that trample on the constitutional rights of a property owner. Often these associations are managed and operated by a Board of Directors that is comprised of ordinary people who have no experience managing and operating a corporation. They often do a very poor job and hide under the assumption that they cannot be held liable for mistakes because they are volunteers.
The number of disputes between property owners and associations are on the rise. Often these associations count on property owners not wanting to risk spending large amounts of money on legal fees because if the property owner loses, they are responsible for paying the associations legal fees as well as their own. With attorneys fees and court costs averaging $100,000 to get a case to court, associations bank on the idea most homeowners will not risk that type of money to protect their home.