Community Associations Institute - Suncoast Chapter: Come have breakfast while CAI provides you updated information valuable to every board member and every unit/homeowner as an aid in providing the best management of your association.
Florida community associations are big businesses, with annual budgets for larger projects running into the tens of millions of dollars. At its inception to the point of transition to owner control (which usually is at least a couple of years), each association is operated by a board of directors appointed by the developer. During this "pre-transition" period, these developer-appointed directors are running the business of the association (collecting revenue, expending money, contracting for services, performing maintenance, establishing or waiving reserves, etc.). From the point each new owner closes on their unit or parcel, each is a shareholder and contributing member in the association.
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.