HOA bans smoking at Naples condominiumCREATED Apr. 12, 2014 NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples man is fuming after his HOA voted to ban smoking at the Laguna in Fiddler’s Creek. Rich Miller has spent the past two years in the community and said he enjoys smoking cigars while sitting out on his lanai.
2013 highlights for Illinois community associationsIf your community association’s meetings seem to be getting longer, it’s not your imagination. Myriad court judgments, legislation and hot topics this year have given boards plenty to talk about and added work to do. Here’s a rundown on the 2013 highlights for Illinois associations: Speed limits are enforceable.
Rob Samouce: Can associations pass rules to prohibit smoking in common areas?Condominium associations ask us again and again whether they can pass a rule or regulation to prohibit smoking either in the units, on the limited common element unit lanais or on the general common elements. With less and less smokers living in condominiums than in the past, some nonsmokers, who bothered by second hand smoke, are pushing for their buildings to go smoke-free.
Community Life: Pool smoking ban consideredQ: Our homeowners’ association wants to ban smoking at the outdoor pool. Our governing documents do not address smoking, but they do give the board rulemaking authority regarding the use of the common areas. Does the board have the authority to institute a rule banning smoking at the outdoor pool given that the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act only prohibits smoking in “enclosed indoor workplaces”?
Lipman: He can only fume about neighbor’s smokeThe information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Readers with legal problems, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult attorneys for advice on their particular circumstances.
Condo chain-smoker could become a nuisanceA South Florida condominium owner is burning mad about a chain-smoking neighbor. Another owner lives in a community with two covered parking garages, and wonders whether all owners have to pay to maintain those garages or just the ones lucky enough to use them. Daniel Vasquez seeks answers.
Common scents often become a condo issue“Something stinks around here.” It’s an increasingly common complaint in condominium buildings, where smells of all sorts waft throughout shared walls, hallways and ductwork. Two winters ago, a horrible odor filled Andrew Manocheo’s Chicago condo. He became dizzy and nauseous. Fearing natural gas, he called the utility company.
John C. Goede: Can the board make a no-smoking rule for inside an owner’s unit?Editor’s note: Attorneys at Goede & Adamczyk, PLLC respond to questions about Florida community association law. With offices in Naples and Miami, the firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law.