Buying a new home or condo provides peace of mind on many fronts. You can trust that there aren't unaddressed issues lingering from decades of wear and tear. You know exactly how long the roof and other critical components have been in place. You don't have to wonder whether the property was neglected or improperly maintained by a previous owner.
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.
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.
Disputes are bound to erupt in any condominium community. Conflict comes with the territory. Whenever individual property rights intersect with those of the condo community as a whole, disagreements about those rights and responsibilities are inevitable.
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.
Conflict is not easy. It is something most people want to avoid at all costs. Of course, as a homeowner/condominium association board member or property manager, you know that isn't realistic.
On July 1, 2017, a new law went into effect in Florida. This new law has several components, one of which changed the process for updating building codes.
Engineers, builders, contractors, subcontractors and other parties involved in the construction of a condominium project need to know the ins-and-outs of building codes. The codes may not be fun to work around, but they are there for a reason: they help reduce the risk that homeowners could face problems with defective materials or designs.
One of the toughest aspects of the job for homeowner or condominium associations is dealing with construction defects that may affect units built around the same time, by the same builder or with the same materials.
Hurricane Irma has left our shores but left destruction in its wake. In the Florida Keys alone, 25 percent of homes were destroyed. Thousands of people across the state continue to deal with the aftermath of the storm.