There are many advantages to condominium ownership in Florida. Many people enjoy the amenities, community resources, and to some extent, the rules. Anyone who has ever lived in a condominium association in Florida is well aware that the condominium association Rules and Regulations can be a serious point of contention. Rules and Regulations are necessary and without them in a condominium association, chaos would reign supreme. The last thing anyone needs, is a condominium living situation akin to Lord of the Flies.
However, there are always going to be those certain nit-picky rules that many condominium owners view as unnecessary or intrusive into their use and enjoyment of their individual condominium unit. Many residents become quite annoyed with parking rules, notice of overnight guest rules, and overly restrictive pet regulations, just to name a few. Usually such Rules and Regulations are valid and each condominium resident must adhere to them. Sometimes, on occasion Rules and Regulations may be enacted improperly. For a rule to be valid, the Board of Directors must have the authority to enact the rule. The Declaration of Condominium or other governing documents, such as the Bylaws must give the Board of Directors the authority to make the Rules and Regulations.
Additionally, the Rules and Regulations must not conflict with rights conferred in the Declaration of Condominium, other governing documents, or Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes. Finally, the Rules and Regulations must be reasonable, in that it must be in furtherance of a legitimate purpose of the Association. If the Board of Directors decides to change certain Rules and Regulations, they must follow the criteria discussed above, and also give proper notice for the meeting in which the Rules and Regulations are to be changed, as required under the Florida Condominium Act.
Should you have any questions regarding your condominium association’s Rules and Regulations affecting you, The Law Office of Ryan S. Shipp, PLLC is here to help you with all of your condominium association needs. Call us today @ 561.699.0399 to set-up your in-office consultation to visit us at our Lantana, Florida office location. We are located at 814 W. Lantana Rd. Suite 1, Lantana Florida 33462.
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