THE CASE OF THE SMELLY DRYWALL - "CHINESE DRYWALL"
Until 2008, Florida condominium associations had a distinct advantage over Florida homeowner associations as far as pursuing construction defect and financial claims on a class action basis. Basically, Florida condominium associations by court rule since 1977 had automatic standing to represent their owners as a class on matters of common interest. Florida homeowner associations, on the other hand, had no standing to represent their members as a class. Members of homeowner associations were relegated to bringing a traditional class action with individual members acting as class representatives on behalf of the members. The procedure for attaining class action status in a homeowner association context was cumbersome and time consuming.