4 06, 2018

Can Community Associations Enforce Parking Restrictions on Public Streets?

Community association regulation of parking on privately owned streets is common in Florida. Privately owned streets are most commonly found in condominium communities or gated neighborhoods. In those communities, the association’s governing documents dictate what can and cannot be enforced with respect to parking on the streets in the community.

However, community association governing documents often

1 06, 2018

Sonia A. Bosinger and Carlos R. Arias Certified by The Florida Bar as Experts in Condominium and Planned Land Development Law

“Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise.”

ORLANDO, FL –  Effective June 1, 2018, Sonia A. Bosinger and Carlos R. Arias, founding partners of Arias Bosinger, PLLC, will be among the inaugural class of attorneys who achieved board certification in Condominium and Planned Land Development Law by The Florida Bar.

Board certification is the highest level of recognition

15 05, 2018

Orange County Mandatory Residential Foreclosure Mediation Extended to Include HOA and Condominium Foreclosures

At the peak of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, Orange County implemented a mediation administrative order applicable to mortgage foreclosures. The mediation program was set up through the Orange County Bar Association – a not for profit organization that is capable of effectively managing a large number of mediation referrals. The program was designed to promote

1 05, 2018

Actual Cash Value vs. Replacement Cost Value: Making Sense of Home Insurance Policies’ Alphabet Soup

Florida homeowners and community associations have two main options when it comes to insuring their homes and their belongings. Homeowners can elect to insure their property for Actual Cash Value (“ACV”) or Replacement Cost Value (“RCV”). While both ACV and RCV insure your property and belongings, they provide for different recoveries to homeowners and community

20 04, 2018

Revisiting “Florida’s Billion Dollar Stucco Problem”

Florida is an ideal place to buy real estate. With a wide variety of home types and a lack of new buildings, demand is high for new construction.  That demand, just as occurred in the run up to the great recession, puts pressure on home builders to meet tight timeframes to construct and sell housing

11 04, 2018

How Many Votes to Amend?!

Many community associations want to amend their documents for various reasons such as they are out of date, over burdensome on the members, “need to be tweaked,” etc. But, when considering an amendment, how does a Board know what vote is required?

Condominiums

If the association is a condominium, Section 718.110 of the Florida Statutes provides for

15 03, 2018
  • condominium websites

New Statutory Requirements for Condominium Websites

Action alert!  By legislative enact last year, all non-timeshare condominium association with 150 or more units must have an independent, password-protected website or web portal accessible to association members by January 1, 2019.  The website must be wholly owned and operated by the association, or a website or web portal operated by a third-party provided

12 03, 2018

AriasBosinger Awarded Top Community Association Law Firm Honors for Third Consecutive Year

Orlando, FL – Florida Community Association Journal magazine announced its fifth annual  Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2018 issue of the magazine with an expanded section profiling notable winners for the year. Arias Bosinger, PLLC won top honors with a Diamond Award.

The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines

1 03, 2018

FHA Clarifies Position on Lending Guidelines and Leasing Restrictions

Many condominium associations have restrictions limiting an owner’s ability to lease their property.  These provisions are intended to preserve property values and protect unit owner quality of life.

However, such restrictions may limit financing options for prospective purchasers.  Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) clarified whether certain leasing restrictions within a

15 02, 2018
  • legislative session update

2018 Florida Legislative Session Update – Community Association Related Bills

Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session is in full swing. Following a fairly busy Florida Legislative Session in 2017, there are again a number of proposed bills relating to community associations currently being considered in Tallahassee.   As is our yearly ritual, we are keeping a close eye on proposed legislation relating to community associations. If passed and