You may have noticed recently that our firm name changed to the Stage Law Firm, P.A. Rest assured that our name may have changed from the Law Offices of Stage & Associates, P.A., but we are here to offer our same quality services to homeowners and associations alike.
We frequently hear about disputes with homeowners who are fighting with their association (“HOA”) over their right to Florida-Friendly Landscaping (“FFL”). For those of you who are going “what?,” several years ago Florida passed several laws to help conserve water and reduce the amount of chemicals applied to landscaping as an initiative to save our… Read More Fighting Over Your Lawn and the Florida Friendly Landscaping Statute
Our firm limits its practice to community association law, which is the technical term for the field of law dealing with homeowner associations (HOAs) and condominium associations (COAs). We also handle work with other types of communities, such as mobile home parks. We represent both associations and individual homeowners, so we see both sides of… Read More Tips & Tricks for Living in a Florida HOA (or COA)
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I continue to be amazed by the number of condominium owners who contact me after they have lost everything in a disaster and had no insurance to cover their personal property and the improvements in their unit, such as kitchen cabinets, or to protect them from liability for damages to adjacent units. The “this will… Read More The Importance of Insurance for Condominium Owners
Here are the 2018 Legislative Updates to the Condominium Act, Chapter 718, with my comments in bold italics: FS 718.303(3)(b), which is the statute authorizing fines and suspensions for violations, has been revised to mirror Chapter 720, the Homeowner Association Act, and provides a fine cannot be imposed unless the unit owner is given at… Read More 2018 Legislative Update – Chapter 718 The Condominium Act
Here are the updates to the Homeowners Association Act, with my comments in bold italics, which will go into effect July 1, 2018: FS 720.303(2)(c)(1) was revised to allow electronic notices by facsimile if the member consents to electronic notices. Previously electronic notices were limited to email addresses only. FS 720.306(1)(e) was added to require the… Read More 2018 Legislative Update – Chapter 720 Homeowners’ Association Act
A large majority of my practice involves clients who hire me to help them resolve their issues with past due assessments. Most people do not realize you cannot withhold assessments for any reason, including financial hardship, divorce, death or being dissatisfied with the way the association is being managed. Once an owner is past due… Read More Winning the Assessment Game
That’s an easy answer — the Board of Directors!! Strange how many boards or management companies do not understand this simple concept. The management companies are agents of the association. They are not the board of directors and they must follow the wishes of the board of directors, who make decisions by a majority vote. … Read More Who Runs the Association — Management or the Board of Directors?
Last year’s legislation attempting to give homeowners greater protections hit some bumpy roads when everyone tried to apply the law, most notably the recall statute revisions. It was simply a case of laws with good intentions, but poor wording. Any hope at fixing these laws to make them more useful and enforceable is being undermined… Read More House Bill 841. (2018)