Friday, June 17, 2011

A lot of reading material here for you:

This site has been on the blog for several years and worked its way to the bottom.  I've brought it back to the top and made some changes.  It is worth a look.

This is the main site, enjoy the music while you look at it.  http://www.ccfj.net/  

Condo News Articles:  http://www.ccfj.net/PNEWS.htm

Click on link for interesting articles about Condos in Florida, other states, condo stories and various Florida condo court decisions:
http://www.ccfj.net/condoaart.html

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Also FYI:   A condo advice column is available to read at: 
http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/condoblog/
and another is at: 
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-consumer-vasquez,0,710891.columnist

TAKE ALL THE RENT - NOT JUST SOME

When the statute was originally amended in 2010, the law allowed the condominium association or HOA to collect the monthly amount of the assessment from the tenant of a delinquent unit owner. The statute has now been amended in 2011, to allow the association to collect all of the rent from the tenant and apply all of it to the outstanding sums owed by the delinquent unit owner. In order to make the demand on the tenant, the association is required to use a form as provided for in the statute. A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the statute alleging that the landlord is deprived of due process because he or she never gets the opportunity to dispute the delinquency before the association takes his or her rent.

CANT RUN FOR BOD IF DELINQUENT

Now, a unit owner cannot even run for the Board in a condominium if they are delinquent in the payment of any fee, fine, regular or special assessment to the association at the time they submit their Notice of Intent to Be a Candidate. It is no longer sufficient to allow a delinquent candidate to run for the Board when delinquent and then become seated by becoming current prior to the votes being counted at the annual meeting.

CREATING COMMUNITY DIRECTORIES

Unit owners have always been provided the protection under Florida Condominium and HOA law from ensuring that certain personal information like phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses were protected from disclosure to other unit owners by the association. The statute has now been amended to allow these unit owners to waive this protection and consent in writing to disclosure of this information to fellow owners. The primary purpose of this amendment is to allow communities the ability to publish a community directory. 

Note:  Another way to find Owner address and tax information is by using the Bay County Appraisers site at:  http://qpublic.net/bay/index-search.html  The easiest way to access all the records at once is to click on the blue "Search by Parcel Range" choice and put in Starting:  40000-100-000  Ending:  40000-100-170.  Many owners do not live on property and this site will give you their mailing address as well as unit address and it is much more informative than our own records plus you can use the click on link to go directly to the County tax records.

BOARD MEMBER CERTIFICATION

The new law clarifies the certification requirement for Board members. Now, a Board member can get certified by attending a course one year before getting elected to the Board or within 90 days of having been elected. Moreover, recertification is not required if the director serves on the board without interruption. The Florida Legislature did not remove the ability to become certified by simply signing an affidavit.

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Misc FYI:  My blogsite has 300 posts going back to 2007, most people just look at the top 5-6 items and never get any further, take some time and explore the whole site, there is a lot of information plus all the condo documents.