Tampa Self-Managed Associations Lawyer
Some homeowners associations contract with a property management company to handle day-to-day operations, collect fees from unit owners and make sure members are complying with the covenants, conditions and restrictions in place for the association. Property management is a real estate activity under Florida real estate law, so property managers are required to have a broker license.
Other HOAs take care of these tasks in-house. These self-managed associations don’t have to be licensed brokers, even though they have a host of duties to perform typically conducted by professional property managers. Associations that manage themselves should take extra care to ensure they receive quality advice and technical assistance to help fulfill these tasks. Seward Law Office provides knowledgeable advice and assistance to Tampa self-managed community associations to help them manage their communities efficiently and effectively in accordance with Florida laws and their own internal guidance documents.
How Does Seward Law Office Help Self-Managed Associations in Tampa?
Tampa HOA attorney Alicia Seward and her team at Seward Law Office can help self-managed associations by providing practical, strategic advice and professional legal assistance across the spectrum of Florida HOA and COA law. Seward Law Office can help with any of the following:
Legal compliance – We know the law and the myriad local, state and federal statutes and regulations HOAs and COAs must comply with. Our team can prepare or review documents, advise on major decisions, and make sure actions are above-board and in the best interest of the association.
Avoid or handle lawsuits – Resolving disputes effectively, or avoiding them altogether, should be a goal of any association. Through assistance reviewing and revising governing documents, enforcement of association rules and collection of delinquent assessments, we can help your HOA run itself fairly and efficiently. If disputes do arise that can’t be resolved at the Board level or through negotiations or mediation, Tampa lawyer Alicia Seward is an experienced real estate litigator ready to represent your interests in court as needed.
Improve member relations – Without the buffer of an outside property management company between members and the Board, tensions can get high among neighbors in the community, leading to hurt feelings and lingering animosities. Seward Law Office provides practical advice based on experience regarding how to handle certain actions for the betterment of the community.
Improve Board relations – Board members are volunteers who give their time to help run the association. In the case of a self-managed association, duties can become all-consuming, or power can wind up consolidated in a minority of directors. Alicia Seward can attend Board meetings as needed and serve as an objective, independent voice to help keep Board relations on an even keel.
Transition from developer to owner control
Seward Law Office is available to amend and restate the governing documents, such as your Declaration of CC&Rs and use restrictions or Declaration of Condominium. We can set up your by-laws and make sure aspects such as voting procedures and meeting requirements are practical and in accord with Florida HOA or COA laws. Our team is with you throughout the transition process: we’ll attend the meeting of all owners and any transition committee meetings; prepare for and attend the initial developer turnover meeting; help gather existing plans, specifications, contracts and warranties; and make sure your CC&Rs are duly recorded with the County Clerk.
Let Seward Law Office Help Your Self-Managed Association Succeed and Thrive
With the right advice and professional assistance, your self-managed association can run smoothly and efficiently and successfully deal with any matters that arise. In Tampa, call Seward Law Office at 813-252-6789 for help from a knowledgeable and dedicated Tampa HOA attorney.