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Community Association Matters

Ana Sanchez Rivero, CAM

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The podcast that provides solutions to the problems facing condominium and homeowner associations in South Florida.

Latest Episodes

Hurricane Preparedness 101

In 2017, Hurricane Irma came by Florida but luckily it was not a direct hit. Unfortunately, it still caused enough damage to a number of people and property. Though there were policies and procedures issued since this calamity, we as individual homeowners, board members, and associations still need to know what to do to get ready for a hurricane. In this episode of Community Association Matters, Assistant Code Compliance Director Edgard Estrada from the City of Doral explains the things we need to prepare before and after a hurricane hits. Before the hurricane Food and water. According to Edgard, 1 gallon of water should be allotted per person per day, while for pets such as dogs and cats, ½ gallon would be enough. Make sure to prepare with enough water for at least 3 days. As for food, it’s best to stock up on non-perishable foods such as canned goods (tuna, Spam, sausages, etc.) which would last you and your family for at least a week. Hurricane kit. The hurricane kit includes y...

32 MIN2018 SEP 21
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Hurricane Preparedness 101

Can your Association readily file defect claims against developers?

What happens when a condominium has a construction defect? A construction defect is a problem in the workmanship or in the materials used to build a structure, which ultimately causes harm to a person or property, usually amounting to huge financial damages. The common solution for many community associations in this circumstance is to file defect claims against the developer of the condominium. Under Florida law, an association can bring claims against a developer within 10 years from when the original construction was completed. But filing construction defect claims is not as easy as it sounds. In this episode of Community Association Matters, we speak with commercial litigator Phillip Joseph who co-chairs the law firms of Ball Janik. He identifies four common obstacles that associations face which prevents them from filing defect claims against developers… Board inaction Philip gives three instances of inaction where board inaction can hinder a defect claim: The first instance i...

48 MIN2018 AUG 24
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Can your Association readily file defect claims against developers?

Does your Association have the correct Collection Policy in place?

In 2008 Americans experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The drop in real estate prices caused tremendous turmoil and had far reaching impacts worldwide. Banking and insurance institutions closed down; the largest mortgage lender and the largest savings and loan companies crumbled; and the auto industry giants had to be bailed out by the Federal Government. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs and, in some cases, some lost their entire life’s savings. The economical outlook was bleak! It was no different for community associations. Many owners could no longer afford to live in their homes and stopped paying their maintenance fees. Associations’ receivables reached an all-time high and the number of foreclosures in South Florida went through the roof. Times were tough! However, associations with a strong collection policy were able to recover. The financial crisis of 2008 caused us all to evaluate our economical situations and in ...

51 MIN2018 JUN 23
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Does your Association have the correct Collection Policy in place?

Is your Association discriminating against persons with an Emotional Support Animal?

Lets assume your community has a no pet policy. For years that policy went unchallenged, but now your association finds itself with an accommodation request from an owner for an Emotional Support Animal. Is your association required to approve that accommodation? Is it legal for you to ask for additional documentation? What are the consequences if you deny such a request? These answers are becoming more common today than they were in the past. With the improvement in technology, associations are facing challenges to their policies and procedures that were unheard of just a few years ago. In order to answer these questions, in this episode of Community Association Matters, we speak with Donna Dimaggio Berger, Esq. from the law offices of Becker. First, we have to understand what is a disability. A disability is a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities. Major life activities include caring for oneself, walking, tal...

23 MIN2018 MAY 4
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Is your Association discriminating against persons with an Emotional Support Animal?

December 31, 2019 is fast approaching! Do you know why it is significant to your high-rise condominium?

Some time last year in the summer, I turned on CNN, as I typically do to bring myself up to speed with the news. I was horrified at the video before me; it was showing an apartment building ablaze in London. According to reports, 79 people perished in that fire and more than 600 residents were impacted by this fire that quickly spread through the 24-story apartment building. I immediately began thinking, could this happen here. Not only did this incident impact me, it also impacted Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to veto Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for House Bill 653. In his letter to the Secretary of State dated June 26, 2017 Governor Scott wrote, “[w]hile I am particularly sensitive to regulations that increase the cost of living, the recent London high-rise fire, which tragically took at least 79 lives, illustrates the importance of life safety protections.” What was Govern Scott referring to? HB 653 would have allowed high-rise buildings from opting o...

35 MIN2018 MAR 30
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December 31, 2019 is fast approaching! Do you know why it is significant to your high-rise condominium?

Thought you knew it all about surety bonds?

Whenever a community is working on a project, I often wonder whether they will need a Surety Bond. I have heard they can be expensive and can be complicated to enforce. At other times, I have heard that they are a must! I was lucky that Alex Barthet of The Lien Zone was available to help us learn a little bit more about surety bonds. Alex is a partner at Miami Construction Lawyers, which, as its name implies, specializes in construction law. Alex has been an attorney for almost 20 years and has served as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Council, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013) and Chairman of the Education Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013). He hosts his own podcast, Lien Zone, and is a mechanical engineer by education. He is a leading expert in the field and I was very fortunate that he took time out of his busy schedule to sit with me. It is important to understand the difference between a surety bon...

25 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Thought you knew it all about surety bonds?

MRTA can have a serious effect on your Homeowner Association, find out how.

Most of us move in to homeowner associations because we want to live in a neighborhood where owners have a minimum requirement to maintain their home. Can you imagine your neighbor painting their home in bright purple? Without the association’s governing documents, the association may not have a way to enforce a color scheme or worst may not have a way to maintain the common areas in the community. In this week’s podcast of Community Association Matters we interviewed Daniel Lopez, Esq. an attorney with the Law Offices of Frank Perez-Siam, PA to discuss the Marketable Record Title Act (also known as MRTA) and the impact it plays on the validity of homeowner association governing documents. This podcast is full of valuable information and explains step by step what your homeowner’s association must do to renew their governing documents. Daniel also tells us what HOAs must do should their governing documents expire. Don’t miss out on this important episode.

34 MIN2017 OCT 6
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MRTA can have a serious effect on your Homeowner Association, find out how.

How does the passage of HB 1237 affect your condominium association?

Learn about the numerous changes to FS 718 with the passage of HB 1237 and the impact these changes will have on your condominium association. Maria Arias, Esq. joins us in this episode to break down those changes.

67 MIN2017 AUG 11
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How does the passage of HB 1237 affect your condominium association?

How does irrigation help increase property values in your condominium or homeowner association

There are many factors that contribute to your condominium or HOA unit’s property value. One of the fastest ways to impact property values in your association is by revamping your community’s landscaping. New bushes, seasonal flowers, and fresh mulch can go a long way in helping your community stand out. Buyers pay very close attention to a community’s entrance and their overall upkeep when considering buying a home in a condominium or homeowner association. To keep your newly landscaped area looking its best, it is important to ensure that your association’s irrigation system is working properly. In this week’s podcast of Community Association Matters we interviewed Laura Vasquez of the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension to help us understand the different components of an irrigation system and how to ensure that it is working efficiently. The Miami-Dade Extension has several programs, one of which is the Urban Conservation Unit where members of the team come out to condomini...

31 MIN2017 AUG 4
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How does irrigation help increase property values in your condominium or homeowner association

Why doesn't your landscape look as nice?

I had a very difficult time passing the science courses in college. In fact I struggled so much that I had to drop it twice and failed a third attempt. I knew that it was impossible; and certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. I was so pleased when I learned, that as an alternative, there was an Environmental Science class that could substitute the biology requirement; and an Environmental Pollution class that substituted the chemistry requirement. I knew that was my way out. Those classes were by far the most enjoyable classes I had taken. Not only did it provide me with a thorough understanding of the natural environment in South Florida it also gave me a new appreciation for our environment. So for this week’s podcast, I invited Henry Mayer of the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension to join us and talk about how the environment impacts our condominium and homeowner associationsand what we need to do to safeguard them. In particular there is a great concern that there is too much d...

31 MIN2017 JUL 29
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Why doesn't your landscape look as nice?

Latest Episodes

Hurricane Preparedness 101

In 2017, Hurricane Irma came by Florida but luckily it was not a direct hit. Unfortunately, it still caused enough damage to a number of people and property. Though there were policies and procedures issued since this calamity, we as individual homeowners, board members, and associations still need to know what to do to get ready for a hurricane. In this episode of Community Association Matters, Assistant Code Compliance Director Edgard Estrada from the City of Doral explains the things we need to prepare before and after a hurricane hits. Before the hurricane Food and water. According to Edgard, 1 gallon of water should be allotted per person per day, while for pets such as dogs and cats, ½ gallon would be enough. Make sure to prepare with enough water for at least 3 days. As for food, it’s best to stock up on non-perishable foods such as canned goods (tuna, Spam, sausages, etc.) which would last you and your family for at least a week. Hurricane kit. The hurricane kit includes y...

32 MIN2018 SEP 21
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Hurricane Preparedness 101

Can your Association readily file defect claims against developers?

What happens when a condominium has a construction defect? A construction defect is a problem in the workmanship or in the materials used to build a structure, which ultimately causes harm to a person or property, usually amounting to huge financial damages. The common solution for many community associations in this circumstance is to file defect claims against the developer of the condominium. Under Florida law, an association can bring claims against a developer within 10 years from when the original construction was completed. But filing construction defect claims is not as easy as it sounds. In this episode of Community Association Matters, we speak with commercial litigator Phillip Joseph who co-chairs the law firms of Ball Janik. He identifies four common obstacles that associations face which prevents them from filing defect claims against developers… Board inaction Philip gives three instances of inaction where board inaction can hinder a defect claim: The first instance i...

48 MIN2018 AUG 24
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Can your Association readily file defect claims against developers?

Does your Association have the correct Collection Policy in place?

In 2008 Americans experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The drop in real estate prices caused tremendous turmoil and had far reaching impacts worldwide. Banking and insurance institutions closed down; the largest mortgage lender and the largest savings and loan companies crumbled; and the auto industry giants had to be bailed out by the Federal Government. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs and, in some cases, some lost their entire life’s savings. The economical outlook was bleak! It was no different for community associations. Many owners could no longer afford to live in their homes and stopped paying their maintenance fees. Associations’ receivables reached an all-time high and the number of foreclosures in South Florida went through the roof. Times were tough! However, associations with a strong collection policy were able to recover. The financial crisis of 2008 caused us all to evaluate our economical situations and in ...

51 MIN2018 JUN 23
Comments
Does your Association have the correct Collection Policy in place?

Is your Association discriminating against persons with an Emotional Support Animal?

Lets assume your community has a no pet policy. For years that policy went unchallenged, but now your association finds itself with an accommodation request from an owner for an Emotional Support Animal. Is your association required to approve that accommodation? Is it legal for you to ask for additional documentation? What are the consequences if you deny such a request? These answers are becoming more common today than they were in the past. With the improvement in technology, associations are facing challenges to their policies and procedures that were unheard of just a few years ago. In order to answer these questions, in this episode of Community Association Matters, we speak with Donna Dimaggio Berger, Esq. from the law offices of Becker. First, we have to understand what is a disability. A disability is a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities. Major life activities include caring for oneself, walking, tal...

23 MIN2018 MAY 4
Comments
Is your Association discriminating against persons with an Emotional Support Animal?

December 31, 2019 is fast approaching! Do you know why it is significant to your high-rise condominium?

Some time last year in the summer, I turned on CNN, as I typically do to bring myself up to speed with the news. I was horrified at the video before me; it was showing an apartment building ablaze in London. According to reports, 79 people perished in that fire and more than 600 residents were impacted by this fire that quickly spread through the 24-story apartment building. I immediately began thinking, could this happen here. Not only did this incident impact me, it also impacted Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to veto Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for House Bill 653. In his letter to the Secretary of State dated June 26, 2017 Governor Scott wrote, “[w]hile I am particularly sensitive to regulations that increase the cost of living, the recent London high-rise fire, which tragically took at least 79 lives, illustrates the importance of life safety protections.” What was Govern Scott referring to? HB 653 would have allowed high-rise buildings from opting o...

35 MIN2018 MAR 30
Comments
December 31, 2019 is fast approaching! Do you know why it is significant to your high-rise condominium?

Thought you knew it all about surety bonds?

Whenever a community is working on a project, I often wonder whether they will need a Surety Bond. I have heard they can be expensive and can be complicated to enforce. At other times, I have heard that they are a must! I was lucky that Alex Barthet of The Lien Zone was available to help us learn a little bit more about surety bonds. Alex is a partner at Miami Construction Lawyers, which, as its name implies, specializes in construction law. Alex has been an attorney for almost 20 years and has served as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Council, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013) and Chairman of the Education Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013). He hosts his own podcast, Lien Zone, and is a mechanical engineer by education. He is a leading expert in the field and I was very fortunate that he took time out of his busy schedule to sit with me. It is important to understand the difference between a surety bon...

25 MIN2018 FEB 23
Comments
Thought you knew it all about surety bonds?

MRTA can have a serious effect on your Homeowner Association, find out how.

Most of us move in to homeowner associations because we want to live in a neighborhood where owners have a minimum requirement to maintain their home. Can you imagine your neighbor painting their home in bright purple? Without the association’s governing documents, the association may not have a way to enforce a color scheme or worst may not have a way to maintain the common areas in the community. In this week’s podcast of Community Association Matters we interviewed Daniel Lopez, Esq. an attorney with the Law Offices of Frank Perez-Siam, PA to discuss the Marketable Record Title Act (also known as MRTA) and the impact it plays on the validity of homeowner association governing documents. This podcast is full of valuable information and explains step by step what your homeowner’s association must do to renew their governing documents. Daniel also tells us what HOAs must do should their governing documents expire. Don’t miss out on this important episode.

34 MIN2017 OCT 6
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MRTA can have a serious effect on your Homeowner Association, find out how.

How does the passage of HB 1237 affect your condominium association?

Learn about the numerous changes to FS 718 with the passage of HB 1237 and the impact these changes will have on your condominium association. Maria Arias, Esq. joins us in this episode to break down those changes.

67 MIN2017 AUG 11
Comments
How does the passage of HB 1237 affect your condominium association?

How does irrigation help increase property values in your condominium or homeowner association

There are many factors that contribute to your condominium or HOA unit’s property value. One of the fastest ways to impact property values in your association is by revamping your community’s landscaping. New bushes, seasonal flowers, and fresh mulch can go a long way in helping your community stand out. Buyers pay very close attention to a community’s entrance and their overall upkeep when considering buying a home in a condominium or homeowner association. To keep your newly landscaped area looking its best, it is important to ensure that your association’s irrigation system is working properly. In this week’s podcast of Community Association Matters we interviewed Laura Vasquez of the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension to help us understand the different components of an irrigation system and how to ensure that it is working efficiently. The Miami-Dade Extension has several programs, one of which is the Urban Conservation Unit where members of the team come out to condomini...

31 MIN2017 AUG 4
Comments
How does irrigation help increase property values in your condominium or homeowner association

Why doesn't your landscape look as nice?

I had a very difficult time passing the science courses in college. In fact I struggled so much that I had to drop it twice and failed a third attempt. I knew that it was impossible; and certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. I was so pleased when I learned, that as an alternative, there was an Environmental Science class that could substitute the biology requirement; and an Environmental Pollution class that substituted the chemistry requirement. I knew that was my way out. Those classes were by far the most enjoyable classes I had taken. Not only did it provide me with a thorough understanding of the natural environment in South Florida it also gave me a new appreciation for our environment. So for this week’s podcast, I invited Henry Mayer of the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension to join us and talk about how the environment impacts our condominium and homeowner associationsand what we need to do to safeguard them. In particular there is a great concern that there is too much d...

31 MIN2017 JUL 29
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Why doesn't your landscape look as nice?
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