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Condominium conversions often come with construction problems

New construction is booming across Florida. But not all condominium communities are built from the ground up. Faced with limited land availability and sky-high demolition costs, some developers turn to existing structures - often apartment complexes - and convert them into condominiums.

Ensuring safe construction for playgrounds in home and condo communities

In Florida, it is not only the summertime during which the living is easy. One of the state's main allures is that outdoor activity is year-round. However, summer does happen to be the time when children are out of school. It's not uncommon for homeowner and condominium owners' associations to address this reality by providing playgrounds in a common area.

What should condo associations look for in a turnover inspection report?

Turnover is a major milestone in the life of Florida condominium communities. At this critical juncture, the baton is passed from the developer to the unit owners. The condo owners' association (COA) takes responsibility for the governance, maintenance, repair and other components of the community.

How thorough documentation can help avoid condo repair disputes

Condominium owners associations (COAs) and association managers have important responsibilities. Chief among them is the duty to repair common elements. When, for example, the roof, exterior, swimming pool or foundation need repair, it falls to the COA to get the work done in a prompt, thorough and competent manner.

5 common condominium disputes

Owning a condo isn't the same as owning a single-family home. On the one hand, you don't have to deal with unending yard work or maintenance nightmares. On the other, you don't have quite the same latitude of freedom as you would in a freestanding home. Your condo is just one part of a larger community, which means your individual property rights are subject to broader restrictions than most single-family homes. Disputes are virtually inevitable in condominiums, as in any common interest community.

Condo associations and vacation rentals: A recipe for conflict?

Florida is known for tourism and condominiums. Yet those two things don't always go hand-in-hand. The rise of vacation rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO has raised difficult questions for many condo owners associations (COAs). While individual unit owners reap a steady stream of income from short-term rentals, they often pose endless headaches for others in the condo community. Snowbirds and investors who essentially turn their units into hotels can jeopardize the quality of life for year-round residents. As a result, for many residential condo developments, setting limits on short-term rentals (or outright banning them) makes a lot of sense.

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