CONDOMINIUM LAWYER IN NAPLES FL.
Living in a condominium in Florida is a new experience for many, and serving on a condominium board can be a challenge unlike any other. We believe that your condominium living experience should be everything you hoped for…fun, with the right amount of structure and planning. The fact is, when you buy a condominium, you give up certain freedoms you would enjoy as an owner of a home on a large plot of land. In exchange, you should have the peace of mind that your investment is protected by a condominium association that is dedicated to the well-being of the condominium property and its residents. When choosing legal counsel for your condominium association matters, we believe you should value three (3) things:
- Clear and Concise Legal Direction
Our law firm provides clear, concise and proactive legal solutions to condominium associations that are taking the lead and providing a quality of living that is second to none.
ENFORCEMENT & ARBITRATION
Do you have Rules Violations in your condominium that are not being managed or corrected? Are these violations interfering with your quality of living? When it comes to rules violations, a condominium association should be fair and reasonable, but there are times when an association must act in a stern and decisive manner in order to protect the rights of owners and tenants who follow the rules. We have extensive experience with violations of every sort, and we can provide your association with a custom and standardized rule enforcement process that has worked for other communities. Contact us to discuss effective solutions that your condominium board probably has not considered.
BUDGETS, FINANCES & COLLECTIONS
If you were running your own business, would you pay close attention to your business’s financial performance? Would you want to know about the various ways you could raise capital for projects that are essential to growth and longevity? Of course you would, so why would you treat your condominium association any different? Although not organized to make a profit, your condominium association is a business and should be treated as such. It is essential that your condominium board members have a clear understanding of the association’s finances.
When adopting the annual budget, establishing reserves for future maintenance or reviewing various ways to pay for special projects, your condominium board will need guidance from experienced attorneys who provide clear direction. If your association faces challenges with unpaid assessments and collections, the board will need attorneys who have recovered unpaid assessments from delinquent owners in even the most challenging of circumstances. Contact us if you are looking for clear direction from experienced attorneys who have helped condominium associations find smart business solutions for the financial needs of their community.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT & COMPANION ANIMALS
Federal and state laws concerning Emotional Support Animals & Companion Animals are very serious and can be very harsh against an association that does not have a process in place for complying with these laws. If you receive a request for a waiver of a pet restriction as an accommodation to a handicap or disability, it is imperative that your board consults with its legal counsel to discuss how to properly evaluate and respond to the request. We have handled dozens of these requests on behalf of our clients, and we have successfully defended associations who receive a charge of discrimination from housing authorities. Remember that these laws are not limited to companion or service animals and that they also apply to any request for a rule waiver, structural modification or other accommodation that is claimed to be necessary due to a disability or handicap.
INSURANCE & DISASTERS
Almost every condominium association will deal with a disaster involving water, leaks and/or mold. Insurance coverages and responsibility for repairs following a water-related disaster is one of the most misunderstood issues in Florida condominium law. When damage occurs, do not assume that the condominium association is responsible for all repairs. The association’s insurance only covers casualty-type events that are insurable under its policy. It does not provide coverage when the damage is caused by the negligence or intentional act of a unit owner or tenant. In those cases, the condominium documents dictate responsibility for repairs. The association may or may not be responsible for drywall repairs, and the association most certainly will not be responsible for damage to the contents inside of your unit. These laws are complex, and when a disaster or casualty situation arises, it is important to get a legal opinion from experienced legal counsel.