Court case could increase cost for homeowners associationsA pending opinion from the Florida Supreme Court could dramatically increase operating costs for thousands of homeowner associations statewide and substantially drive up condo owners’ expenses. The looming decision is connected to a recent Florida Bar opinion that, if enacted, will force community association managers to hire attorneys to handle various administrative duties now done primarily in-house.
Manager can’t take on role of liaison between board and attorneyQuestion: I have been on my homeowners association board for two years. All communication between the board and the attorney goes through the association’s manager before distribution to the board. I just discovered the manager has been withholding communications the attorney has written to the board.
Legal merger affects community associationsMany of Central Florida’s largest community associations will have a new law firm starting Dec. 1 when Altamonte Springs-based Taylor & Carls merges with Becker & Poliakoff of Fort Lauderdale. About 1,000 community associations, mostly in the four-county Metro Orlando area, will shift from the 32-year-old Taylor & Carls firm to the state’s biggest firm for community-association legal work.
Local condo guru releases new bookWhen it comes to condominium law, attorney Robert Meisner wrote the book – and the law itself. He’s the author of “Condo Living 2” (Momentum Books, 2013), the second-edition guide to buying, selling and operating condos, and he helped draft the 1978 Michigan Condominium Act and its 2001 amendments.
25 years of condo law, and communal fruitThis month, I celebrate 25 years of practicing “condo” law. I would like to say that I have seen it all, but I probably have not done so. After all, I have practiced on the west coast of Florida. I have no idea what Miami would be like, and I do not want to know.