Florida’s Top 10 Most Common Community Association Problems
In Florida, there are roughly 50,000 community associations throughout the state. Studies have even indicated that most residents say they appreciate the work of their community association in helping to maintain standards in their neighborhood. And, 70% of homeowner and condo association residents have rated their overall experience living in a community association as “very good” or “good.” However, with such large numbers, there are bound to be problems. As homeowners’ lawyers representing homeowners and unit owners against Florida condominium associations and HOA’s, we constantly see many of the same issues coming up again and again, but just in different communities. As such, our office has put together the below list (in no particular order) of Florida’s Top 10 Most Common Community Association Problems:
- floods, leaks, water intrusion, mold, roof leaks;
- non-payment of maintenance dues, special assessments, liens, and fines;
- misappropriation of association funds, selective enforcement, failure to maintain common area, breach of fiduciary duty, elections and recalls, and class actions;
- official records requests, inspections, and document review;
- boundary disputes, fences, permits, easements, statute of limitations, and grandfathering;
- problems with the Architectural Review Board (“A.R.B.”), Architectural Review Committee (“A.R.C.”), landscaping, trees, planting, exterior changes in design, aesthetic appearance, garbage and trash, painting;
- parking spaces, parking violations, commercial vehicles, cars, and storage units;
- rental restrictions, leasing, sufficient funds, reserves, estoppel, and association approval;
- pets, service animals, and emotional support animals; and
- noise, disturbances, harassment, security, and breach of the peace.
Are you or your neighbors experiencing one or more of the above problems in your community? You may need to consult with an experienced HOA attorney that fights for the rights of homeowners. Whether it may be a document review, official records request, attorney opinion letter, arbitration, mediation or filing or defending a lawsuit, contact the Law Office of Ryan S. Shipp, PLLC at 561.699.0399.
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