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HOA Disputes & Alternative Dispute Resolution

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Disputes between members of a homeowners’ association (HOA) and its board are fairly common, but the methods by which they are resolved will differ. Community associations in Florida have quite a lot of power, but they cannot simply act with impunity. One of the requirements that the law imposes is that most disagreements between… Read More »

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Landlord & Tenant Rights And Responsibilities In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In this day and age, more and more people are opting to rent their homes instead of buying them. Many Floridians prefer the flexibility of renting, while others feel obligated. Regardless of one’s motives for choosing to rent, it is always important to be aware of the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and… Read More »

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Major Changes To Florida Condo Law After Surfside

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

On June 24, 2021, the south tower at Champlain Towers in Surfside, FL partially collapsed, killing 98 and rendering all of the 136 units in the tower uninhabitable. While the ultimate cause of the collapse is still under investigation as of this writing, Florida’s legislature has seen fit to start the process of preventing… Read More »

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Florida Passes New Condominium Safety Bill

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

After the June 24, 2021 partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, FL, which killed 98 people, Florida lawmakers immediately began to search for ways to improve the safety regulations and general standard of living for condo dwellers all across Florida. In late May 2022, the Governor signed what is known as the… Read More »

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Breach Of Contract In Florida Real Estate Sales

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Real estate transactions are often highly complex, with many moving parts. Each party is making a legally binding commitment to perform their part of the contract – but sometimes, one party will fail to do as they have promised. This is what is known as a material breach of the real estate contract, and… Read More »

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Short-Term Rentals In Florida Community Associations

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

With the continuing popularity of Florida real estate, both for relocation and for vacations, more and more people are renting out their homes and condos for short-term use. However, this is not done in a vacuum; short-term rentals may be godsends to unit owners, but they can be nightmares to the neighbors and to… Read More »

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Explaining Florida Real Estate Liens

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A lien is a claim against a person’s assets that can be used to satisfy a debt. There are several different types of liens that may be levied on a piece of Florida property, but too often, an owner or prospective owner is unaware of a lien until they are forced to deal with… Read More »

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The Role Of A Property Management Company In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Approximately half of all Floridians live under either a homeowners’ association (HOA) or a condominium association, governed by their respective boards of directors. There are advantages to living in a community of this type; the association by-laws help to avoid potential disputes between neighbors and establish guidelines to keep the community’s “curb appeal” high…. Read More »

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Residential Tenant Rights In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Home ownership may be part of the so-called American Dream, but many people choose to rent their living space, either for reasons of economy or just because they prefer not to be tied to a certain location for however long the mortgage lasts. There are both several positives and negatives about being a residential… Read More »

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Use Restrictions In Florida HOAs

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

When someone moves into a house that is in a Florida homeowners’ association (HOA), they tacitly accept some use restrictions in exchange for an orderly community. However, it is sadly not uncommon for HOA board members to overstep their bounds and try to impose restrictions that are either unenforceable or just plain unreasonable. It… Read More »

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