15 01, 2019

When Does Interest Accrue on Delinquent Assessments?

The ability to collect interest for delinquent assessments is found in a community associations governing documents and is also recognized in Fl. Stat. Chapters 718 for condominium associations and 720 for homeowner associations. Specifically, section 718.116(3), Florida Statutes for condominium associations provides in part that unpaid assessments shall bear interest from the due date until

2 01, 2019

Court Decision Touches on Condominium Airspace Property Rights

In property law, owning land includes owning the earth under the surface and air above the surface. Florida’s First District Court of Appeals recently addressed airspace condominium parcel rights in Sterling Breeze Owners’ Ass’n, Inc. v. New Sterling Resorts, LLC, Case No. 1D17-1553 (September 5, 2018).

The developer of Sterling Breeze built a 145 residential unit,

19 12, 2018

Arias Bosinger, PLLC Named a Top 25 Real Estate Law Firm in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 18, 2018) —

Central Florida law firm Arias Bosinger, PLLC today announced the Orlando Business Journal has listed the firm among Central Florida’s Top 25 Real Estate Law Firms in its most recent issue. Of the firms ranked, Arias Bosinger, PLLC weighs in at No. 18.

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13 12, 2018

My Master Association is a Condominium Association… Maybe?

Even though you own a condominium, is it possible one of the associations governing your condominium unit thought to be a condominium association for decades is actually a homeowners association? Yes, it is.

Many owners in the State of Florida own condominium units under the jurisdiction of two community associations. The first, a smaller condominium association

3 12, 2018

Court Decision Extends Time to File Construction Defect Claims Following Proper Pre-Suit Notice

A new decision out of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal addresses whether providing a mandatory pre-suit notice of construction defect claims satisfies the requirements of Florida’s 10-year Statute of Repose in §95.11(3)(c), Fla. Stat. (2014), even if an actual lawsuit is not filed within that period. In a win for Florida homeowners, the Court

15 11, 2018

Appellate Ruling Limits Viability of Blanket Receiverships

 

Lack of proper notice was central to the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision in Federal National Mortgage Association v. JKM Services, LLC, Case No. 3D17-370 (Fla. 3d DCA October 3, 2018)  limiting a receiver’s ability to recover fees and costs incurred in his efforts to collect rent after having been appointed by a condominium

5 11, 2018

Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Applicability of Contingency Fee Multipliers May Make Litigating Insurance Coverage Cases More Affordable for Associations

Generally, each party involved in a lawsuit is responsible for his or her own attorney’s fees, regardless of who prevails. As with any rule, there are exceptions. For example, a statute or contract can provide that the prevailing party in litigation is entitled to recover their attorney’s fees and costs. The Florida legislature has created

16 10, 2018

The Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act is Back

In 2009, during the peak of the financial crisis, the US Congress enacted the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (“PTFA”), which required the party taking title at a foreclosure sale to provide bona fide tenants with a notice 90 days before requiring them to vacate the property and allowed the tenants with leases to occupy

1 10, 2018

Swimming Around Pool Rules in Community Associations

A community associations pools typically have prominently displayed pool rules. Beyond the typical “no diving” or “no glass container” rules, we also often see rules prohibiting children under the eighteen (18) from swimming without an adult supervision. Although these rules may have been enacted from a risk management standpoint, they must also be considered against

17 09, 2018

HUD Considering New Emotional Support Animal Guidelines to Crack Down on Abuse

Many community associations’ governing documents contain pet restrictions, sometimes prohibiting them all together. Most owners residing in such communities expect they will not encounter a pet not permitted to reside in the community. However, these assumptions are quickly becoming less common with the increasing number of requests for an accommodation by owners wanting to keep