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Property Management Companies vs HOAs: Who’s The Boss?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Many homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in Florida are what is known as self-managed; they handle their finances in-house, out of either necessity or a simple belief that outside help is not necessary. Associations that are larger, or deal in more complex financial transactions, can and do engage outside help to manage their affairs, though they… Read More »

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Parking Questions In Florida Homeowners’ Associations

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

One of the most commonly disputed issues for many Florida homeowners’ associations (HOAs) is parking. Sometimes, parking spots are necessarily limited due to lot size or other issues, but even necessary rules can lead to disagreements and disputes – if an HOA is not careful, it may even find itself faced with a civil… Read More »

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What Are Special Assessments?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

One of the major duties for homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and condominium boards is to maintain an appropriate reserve fund in order to replace and maintain common items and areas. However, if something happens where major repairs or replacements are needed, the association may simply not have the funds on hand to make the changes…. Read More »

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HOAs and Collecting Delinquent Assessments

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A homeowners’ association (HOA) has several different roles in dealing with their unit owners, but one of the most difficult is collecting assessments – particularly delinquent assessments. Since most HOAs have limited budgets, owners are usually charged assessment fees in order to help with upkeep of common areas. When an owner falls behind, the… Read More »

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Can My HOA Prevent Me From Working From Home?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

The strong majority of Florida homeowners’ associations (HOAs) prevent homeowners from engaging in any kind of commercial or ‘non-residential’ activity out of their home. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who might otherwise do their work in offices have found themselves stuck at home telecommuting. With the existing prohibitions… Read More »

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Homeowners’ Associations Can Regulate ‘Yard Displays’ This Election Season

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In 2020, election season has been drawn-out and passionate, with many strong opinions on all sides of the political spectrum. Because of the depth of feeling present, many people are inclined to try and show their support for one candidate or another, most often by placing signs or flags out on their property. However,… Read More »

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Common Reasons For HOA Lawsuits

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In Florida, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have a lot of power, with the ability to regulate almost every facet of life for the association’s members, because when someone moves in, they are generally required to sign a form displaying the association’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). While the HOA can file suit against a homeowner… Read More »

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Foreclosing On HOA and COA Liens In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and condominium associations (COAs) want to work with their residents in order for everything to go smoothly. However, residents must live up to their end of the bargain, and if they fail to pay dues and assessments on time, it is the right of the HOA or COA to obtain a… Read More »

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Pros & Cons Of Self-Managed Homeowners’ Associations

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A homeowners’ association (HOA) is a body that makes and enforces regulations for condominiums, townhouses, and other so-called planned communities. Many of them engage a property management company to handle day-to-day operations like collecting rent, dealing with resident complaints, and managing staff, but others choose to manage themselves. There are positives and negatives to… Read More »

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