Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Mortgage Money Mess
2015 December Q&A: Mortgage Money Mess

Q. I am trying to purchase a condominium in Western Florida, but it seems that the board is dragging its feet and holding up the process based on my financial status. I don't know what the problem is because I have an excellent credit his…

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing for Dollars
2015 December Q&A: Dealing for Dollars

Q. My question is on the ethics of awarding contracts to relatives or those vendors who are getting preferential treatment because they are familiar to board members. What happens when a board president creates a landscape contract specif…

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Q&A Q&A: Non-Paying Board President
2015 November Q&A: Non-Paying Board President

Q.  Can a condominium owner be elected president if they have a lien on their condo due to them not paying some of their maintenance fees that they owe to the condo association? Is this a conflict of interest?              —Concerned Cond…

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Q&A Q&A: Are We Covered?
2015 November Q&A: Are We Covered?

Q.  A group of unit owners in my building formed a committee in reaction to some rules the board made. We’re worried that we might get into a lawsuit with the board, and we want to know if the association’s insurance would cover us against…

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Q&A Q&A: Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
2015 November Q&A: Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Q. Much to my dismay I’ve learned that we’ve had a bed bug infestation in our condominium development. How do we handle this? Who is legally responsible for 1) coordinating treating and 2) paying for treating bedbugs in a condominium unit…

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Q&A Q&A: Let’s Go to the Videotape
2015 November Q&A: Let’s Go to the Videotape

Q. Are there any restrictions or rules in Florida that would permit videotaping of condo board meetings? Is it legal? If taping is permissible, do the parties in the room being taped have to be told of it beforehand? What are the legal an…

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Q&A Q&A: Contractor Blues
2015 October Q&A: Contractor Blues

Q I recently hired an outside contractor to do some repairs in my condominium unit. Now, my building management is accusing said contractor of damaging the door to the unit. My contractor is not aware of the damage or and doesn’t belie…

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Q&A Q&A: Strictly Confidential
2015 October Q&A: Strictly Confidential

Q My question is about the board’s handling of complaints and due process. When a management agent of a condominium receives a complaint from a homeowner about another homeowner, is management allowed to tell the homeowner the name of …

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Q&A Q&A: Can You Hear Me Now?
2015 October Q&A: Can You Hear Me Now?

Q I live in a 3-floor, 4-room, 30-unit condo, mostly 50-plus, with the only family with children (ages two and three) living on the third floor above me. For the past year there has been an excessive amount of constant running; playing…

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Q&A Q&A: Threat of Foreclosure
2015 September Q&A: Threat of Foreclosure

Q I am three months behind in my homeowner's association payments. Can the condominium foreclose on my unit? My mortgage payments are up to date, and I called my lender who said no, they cannot foreclose. I wrote a letter to the board …

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