30 09, 2019

Should Our HOA Implement a Social Media Policy?

Community Association, Condominium Association, Homeowners Association, Rules and Regulations, Social Media / Communication|

Benefits of social media in the community association context are numerous, not the least of which are speed and reach. Various online platforms enable communities to instantly deliver information to potentially hundreds or thousands of their residents who are regularly glued to their screens. As a result, however, many communities approach the use of social

16 09, 2019

Florida Appellate Court Muddles FAR/BAR’s Finance Contingency Putting Escrow Deposits at Risk

Contracts, Court Decisions of Importance, Real Estate Law|

In Florida, most residential real estate transactions utilize the form FAR/BAR Residential Contract for Purchase and Sale (“FAR/BAR Contract”). With over five million residential closings in Florida each year, the terms of the FAR/BAR contract impacts millions of transactions. Recently, the Fourth District Court of Appeals, in Florida Inv. Group 100, LLC v. Lafont, Case

4 09, 2019

Who’s on First? Condominium Unit Owner Joint and Several Liability for Delinquent Assessments After Foreclosure

Assessment Collection, Condominium Association, Court Decisions of Importance, Foreclosure, Homeowners Association, Legislation|

The First District Court of Appeal decision in Coastal Creek Condominium Association, Inc. v Fla Trust Services, LLC, Case No. 1D18-1457 (Fla. 1st DCA, July 16, 2019) addressed whether a current condominium unit owner is jointly and severally liable for delinquent assessments accruing during the ownership of a remote owner.  Having found that the joint

29 08, 2019

Frank J. Lacquaniti Promoted to Partner

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Orlando, FL. (August 29, 2019) –

Arias Bosinger, PLLC, a top real estate law firm serving clients across the Central Florida, is pleased to announce that Frank J. Lacquaniti has been promoted to partner, effective immediately.

Frank’s practice encompasses multiple areas of community association law, real estate, civil litigation and corporate law. He is a Florida Bar

19 08, 2019

New Florida Law Aims to Change the ABCs of AOBs

Insurance, Legislation|

 

Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed an Assignment of Benefits (“AOB”) reform bill aimed at protecting Florida consumers from predatory insurance practices. The new law, which took effect on July 1, 2019, is memorialized by the addition of two (2) entirely new sections to Chapter 627 of the Florida Statutes. The new law addresses abuse of

6 08, 2019

Enforce or not to Enforce? A Community Associations’ Liability in Tort Cases.

Community Association, Condominium Association, Court Decisions of Importance, Homeowners Association, Parking, Rules and Regulations|

The Fourth District Court of Appeals recently addressed an association’s liability for failure to enforce no-street parking restrictions in Seminole Lakes HOA, Inc. v. Esnard, Case No. 4D18-15 (Fla. 4th DCA December 19, 2018). The case arose out of a car accident between Esnard and another driver which occurred inside the Seminole Lakes community.

The restrictive

17 07, 2019

Another Fair Housing Case for Community Associations to Swim Around

Condominium Association, Court Decisions of Importance, Fair Housing Act Issues, Homeowners Association, Rules and Regulations, Uncategorized|

The Federal Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 prohibits housing providers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status and disability. Most states, including Florida, have their own anti-discrimination laws, such as the Florida Fair Housing Act. In Florida, community associations are bound by both the Federal and Florida

1 07, 2019

Florida’s 2nd DCA Affirms Exception to General Rule of Defendant’s Entitlement to Attorney Fees After Plaintiff’s Voluntary Dismissal

Community Association, Condominium Association, Court Decisions of Importance, Homeowners Association|

The Second District Court of Appeals ruling in Valencia Golf and Country Club Homeowners’ Association, Inc. v. Community Resource Services, Inc. and Orangetee Homeowners Association, Inc., Case No. 2D17-4986 (Fla. 2d DCA, May 22, 2019) is instructive for community associations, and litigants in general, of a party ensuring the issue of entitlement to attorney fees

20 06, 2019

The Attorneys of AriasBosinger Voted by Their Peers as Florida Legal Elite

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

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(727) 892-2638; acorty@FloridaTrend.com

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PETERSBURG, FL. (June 22, 2019) – Attorneys Carlos R. Arias, Sonia A. Bosinger, and Laura M. Ballard of Arias Bosinger, PLLC were recognized in the 2019 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The recognition marks the fourth consecutive

14 06, 2019

2019 Legislative Update – What Became Law?

Condominium Association, Homeowners Association, Legislation|

As we discussed in our previous Legislative Update post, the Florida Legislature was working on number of bills that would have impacted community associations on a wide range of issues, and would have resulted in major revisions to Florida’s Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act. However, as the 2019 legislative session came to a close,