Entries by Robert C. Samouce

Extra fees limited in condos; not in HOAs

We often get asked by board members, officers and managers of community associations whether their association can charge a capital contribution fee to new owners or charge a fee for processing unit sales and lease applications. The laws pertaining to such fees are quite restrictive for condominium associations while the laws for such fees in […]

How to get the proxy votes needed for approval

This is the time of year when most condominium and homeowner associations have their annual meeting. When there is something to vote on, such as amending the governing documents, approving a property enhancement project, or waiving the annual audit, proxies are sent to the owners so that the requisite vote can be obtained to approve […]

How to get the proxy votes needed for approval

This is the time of year when most condominium and homeowner associations have their annual meeting. When there is something to vote on, such as amending the governing documents, approving a property enhancement project, or waiving the annual audit, proxies are sent to the owners so that the requisite vote can be obtained to approve […]

Nuisance laws do not protect supersensitive people

With the return of snowbirds in season, we start getting phone calls from associations telling us some condominium unit owners are complaining about the conduct of their neighbors and they want the association to do something about it. The complaints are usually about either noise or smoke emanating from a neighboring unit or unit lanai. […]

Appropriate vehicle and parking rules for your community

A condominium or residential neighborhood can suffer detrimental effects to property values and the well-being of its residents if it does not have in place rules concerning residents’ and guests’ vehicles that the majority of the members in a community want. Condominiums have a limited number of parking spaces, and many newer gated communities have […]

Use of security cameras in communities

We are seeing more and more homeowners and condominium unit owners wanting to protect their property by installing security cameras. This can be a good idea but must be weighed against the privacy concerns of their neighbors. Many homeowner and condominium associations also want to protect the common areas from vandalism and rule violations; such […]

Snuffing out the smokers in condominium

Even as of a few years ago, it was almost unheard of for a condominium building to go nonsmoking. Apparently there was fear that in doing so, property values would suffer as potential smoker purchasers would look elsewhere. This is no longer the case. We are seeing more and more condominiums going to nonsmoking. To […]