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FL: HB 5005 would open Florida to abuses from the past

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

My rabbi in Ohio, where we lived before moving to Florida, asked our class, “Why these Ten Commandments?” Our spirited discussion led us to the answer: Because it’s what the people were doing at the time. The Commandments spoke to the existing evils.
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Should Florida dump the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman?

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

A new Florida bill proposes to do away with more government services, including the closure of the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman, the agency dedicated to assisting and educating condo owners and boards about the law. The bill also seeks to shut down the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes.
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HOA Reserve Funds: The Pros and Cons of Underfunding Reserves

“I have a board member right now who wants to get his board to roll back assessments by 50 percent and not fund reserves,” says David C. Swedelson, principal at Swedelson & Gottlieb, a law firm that represents associations in the Los Angeles area. “He’s in [financial] trouble. So he’s getting a petition of homeowners to compel the board to vote to reduce assessments.”

In this ever-scary economy, Swedelson is surely not the only attorney to field questions from boards about whether they can stop or reduce their funding for reserves as a way to ease the burden on homeowners. Some, but not all states, have laws governing associations’ reserve practices, so investigate your state law before your board takes any action.

Here, attorneys offer a taste of how state laws work from their perspective at each end of the country—California and Florida.

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