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Fines Authorized by Statute?

The great debate:  Can the HOA fine if the governing documents do not authorize it but Fla. Stat. 720.305(2) establishes procedures for fining? Many community association lawyers and community association managers say yes. My answer is no despite many of my colleagues disagreeing with me. The statute starts out “The association may levy reasonable fines… Read More Fines Authorized by Statute?

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Tenants Attending HOA Meetings

A common question I run into involves HOAs and condo associations (COAs) denying tenants attendance at meetings.  This is a big mistake for the associations. The problem started with revisions to the Florida Statutes. Years ago Chapter 720 (HOAs) and Chapter 718 (COAs) used to provide rights for the members or “their authorized representatives” to… Read More Tenants Attending HOA Meetings

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HOA Rant

There is a great article posted on CyberCitizens for Justice yesterday.  It’s a rant from Lindsey Nesmith in an article she wrote which printed in the Florida Weekly.  My hat is off to Ms. Nesmith for saying the obvious, but what many of us are afraid to say. You can read the article at:  http://www.ccfj.net/HOARANT.html

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How An Association Can Get Into Trouble Over Assessments – BOARD MEMBERS PAY ATTENTION!

With the volatile economy more and more associations are changing property management firms and law firms, but there are some problems which can arise and the association would probably be on the losing end of litigation. Many owners contact me because their associations have made these changes and now they are unable to pay their… Read More How An Association Can Get Into Trouble Over Assessments – BOARD MEMBERS PAY ATTENTION!

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Announcing Our Expansion to Florida’s Space Coast – New Location Opening Soon!

The Law Offices of Stage & Associates, P.A. is proud to announce the future opening of our satellite office in Brevard County, Florida in February of 2015. Our firm has had the pleasure of representing clients and associations alike through-out the state of Florida. While centrally located in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, the Law Offices… Read More Announcing Our Expansion to Florida’s Space Coast – New Location Opening Soon!