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Don’t Pay More than Your Fair Share of Property Taxes

Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

Every August, the Office of the Property Appraiser mails a Notice of Proposed Property Taxes to all property owners. To ward against paying more than their fair share of taxes, property owners have the option to petition for an appeal. And condo owners have a unique opportunity where tax appeals are concerned. Florida law allows condominium association Boards to file a joint petition for property tax appeal to cover all units in the building.

The Facts About Radon and What Exposure Can Mean for You and Your Family

Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

If you asked most people to name a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring gas, often found in homes and buildings, that can pose a threat to our health and well-being, they are likely to say carbon monoxide. And they would be right. But could those same people name another?  Most would fail to come up with radon, and yet it poses a similar risk. Below is a basic overview of what radon is, where it’s found, its risks and how you can protect your home and your family from it. 

Public Policy Strategies for Associations

Posted on Friday September 02, 2016

As a member of your association Board, you know that your association does great things for the residents of your community. But not everyone is aware of the benefits of associations. Sometimes the very legislators and decision makers that are tasked with creating policies and laws directly affecting communities and associations have very little knowledge of their inner workings.

Factors That Will Shape Association Living in the Next Two Decades

Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

If you’re a Board member, chances are that you have a pretty good idea of what the future holds for your association – more than likely because you were part of that planning process. But what about the issues that pop up and are out of your control? How will you address them when they arise? And what type of influence will they have on the strategies you and your fellow Board members have developed to ensure your community is a great place to live?

The Deadline for Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting is Fast Approaching. Is Your Condominium Ready?

Posted on Friday August 19, 2016

As the deadline for Florida condominiums to opt out of fire sprinkler retrofitting draws near, confusion surrounding the issue continues to grow. Questions of the statute’s applicability to all condominiums as opposed to just high-rise condominiums (buildings in excess of 75 feet in height) continue to arise and many are saying it’s a matter of interpretation.

The Future of Community Management in Florida

Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2016

The profession of community management is relatively young, only going back about 50 years. In that short time, however, it has made significant strides, as have the communities who benefit from having professional, skilled teams managing their property.

First Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Cases Confirmed in Florida

Posted on Monday August 08, 2016

In early February, the World Health Organization declared “a public health emergency of international concern” when cases of the Zika virus began to spread through Latin America and the Caribbean. Before long, the virus arrived in Florida, which came as no surprise given the abundance of travelers from Zika-prone countries who frequent the Sunshine State and the high volume of mosquitoes that call Florida home.

Building a Community Residents are Proud to Call Home

Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

When you think about a great community you are likely to picture happy families, residents enjoying the amenities available to them, and buildings and neighborhoods that look pristine and well-kept. But creating, and more importantly maintaining, the kind of place that people love to call home takes a lot of hard work.

Master Associations and Subs-associations: Why it’s a Good Idea for the Same Property Management Company to Serve Both

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Master-planned communities are large-scale developments with a variety of amenities that clearly separate them from a standard housing subdivision. This can include a number of neighborhoods, sub-divisions and recreational facilities, such as parks, golf courses, lakes, bike paths and jogging trails, all falling under one umbrella community. The focus, not surprisingly, is on providing its residents with a certain level of convenience, lifestyle and quality of life. 

Association Elections Are as Important as Presidential Elections

Posted on Monday August 01, 2016

There are 9.4 million Floridians living in communities governed by a condominium or homeowners association (HOA), paying nearly $10 billion annually to maintain their communities.* These associations are under the direction of an elected board of volunteer homeowners who make decisions that affect all residents of the community. Association board actions have a direct effect on the value of a home, community reputation and overall resident quality of life — factors that influence the desirability of the neighborhood. Yet, while much attention focuses on who will be our next president, significantly less attention is spent by homeowners on elections that will directly impact where and how they live: the vote for HOA and condo association board members.

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