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How HOAs Collect Delinquent Assessments

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In Florida and the other states that use them, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have the right to collect assessments from owners for unexpected expenses. While owners may complain, the right to do this is contained in both Florida law, and in most HOAs’ conditions, covenants & restrictions (CC&Rs), which must be approved before purchasing land… Read More »

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Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Emotional Support Animals

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Many people have pets and love them, but some companion animals have important work to do for their owners. Service animals are trained to perform specific tasks for their disabled owners, such as alerting a diabetic to low blood sugar, or providing pressure grounding and comfort for a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…. Read More »

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Can Individual HOA Board Members Be Sued In Florida?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Despite the fact that most board members in homeowners’ and condominium associations are volunteers, being a board member is a job that comes with quite a bit of responsibility. Community association boards generally have a fiduciary duty to their owners, and because of this, owners may file suit in an effort to hold them… Read More »

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Is Secondhand Smoke A Violation Of Florida Condo Laws?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that between 2005 and 2020, the number of U.S. adults who regularly smoke cigarettes has declined from roughly 21 percent down to 12.5 percent. Smoking has also become more and more proscribed in public – but in some cases, smoking can be a nuisance… Read More »

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Can HOAs Regulate Political Signage In Members’ Yards?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Elections are relatively frequent in the United States, from homeowners’ association board members to presidential contests. It has become common practice to put signs on a person’s lawn in order to signify one’s support for their chosen candidates – but in some places, it is permissible for those expressions of support to be regulated…. Read More »

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Condominium Mold Law In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

There are a variety of reasons why mold may appear in a Florida condominium, from sea air to plumbing damage to natural disasters. Many condo owners operate under the assumption that the condominium association is on the hook to cover any damage, but in reality, most insurance policies of this type have explicit mold… Read More »

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Can A Florida HOA Restrict Solar Panel Installations?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In early 2022, Florida Agriculture Commissioner ‘Nikki’ Fried announced her office’s intent to set goals for the state to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. While the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) governs utilities, and has shown little interest in starting the transition, individuals throughout the state have begun to switch their… Read More »

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Judge OKs $1.1B Settlement For Victims Of Surfside Collapse

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In late June, a judge in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court gave final approval to a $1.02 billion settlement worked out between the victims and several parties accused of contributing to the Champlain Towers disaster. Approximately one year ago, the south tower at Champlain Towers partially collapsed, killing 98 people, and while no ultimate cause… Read More »

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Dealing With Condo Termination In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

When you buy a condo in Florida, you are likely doing so with the expectation that you can live your golden years out there. However, recent years have given the lie to that statement, due to the evolution of a process that is known as condo termination. There are various reasons why this might… Read More »

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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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