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  • Avoid Breaking the Bank: Why Some HOA Attorneys Are Changing Their Pricing Model Avoid Breaking the Bank on peytonbolin.com  Flat fee retainer models create an innovative and cost effective partnership that every HOA should have.   Having an attorney to represent your HOA is a critical component to running your board smoothly and effectively. Many associations wait to enlist the services of an attorney until they have a legal problem or are in need of advice, but in reality these are some of the worst times to seek counsel. Although it ... Read more...
  • Don’t Let Good Ideas Fizzle! Put Your Board Goals Into Action Putting Your Board Goals Into Action on peytonbolin.comDevelop a plan that ensures your board’s success   Once you’ve begun to view your association as a business and have implemented strategies like an annual business cycle and enlisting the services of a trusted group of advisors, it’s time to ensure that you put all your plans into action to take your board to a whole new level of efficiency. Without a plan of action, a lot of your exciting ideas ... Read more...
  • PeytonBolin Secures Justice for Condo Association, Abating $300K in Fines to a Mere $800 PeytonBolin Secures Justice for Condo Association, Abating $300K in Fines to a Mere $800 on peytonbolin.comThe top Florida real estate law firm scored a big win for its clients at the Mediterranean Condominium Association, Inc. in Surfside last month.   Fort Lauderdale, FL – February 11, 2016 – PeytonBolin, a leading real estate law firm based in Florida, today celebrated its noteworthy recent success in effectively abating over $300,000 in excessive fines charged to its clients at Mediterranean Condominium Association, Inc. down to a mere $800. At a Code ... Read more...
  • KPIs Every Community Association Board Should Measure and Why Define, Measure, Track, Share on peytonbolin.comDefine, measure, track, share, succeed. Most business people have heard of KPIs or Key Performance Indicators and understand their value when it comes to evaluating success at reaching goals. But did you know that your community association board can use your own set of KPIs? It makes perfect sense, especially for those associations who view themselves as a business and have implemented many of the facets to running a company into ... Read more...
  • PeytonBolin Earns Third Straight Readers’ Choice Award for Legal Services from the Florida Community Association Journal PeytonBolinFBSummary: For the third year in a row, Fort Lauderdale-based real estate law firm PeytonBolin was honored with the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for Legal Services from the Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ). Fort Lauderdale, FL – PeytonBolin, a leading real estate law firm, is excited to announce that it has received a 2016 Platinum Level Readers’ Choice Award for Legal Services from the Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ). This is ... Read more...
  • The Cycle of Business for Association Boards   Here are five key elements that make up a community association board’s cycle.   How often does your community association board address all the issues and aspects that need to be handled for the entire year? If you’re thinking “never” or “as the need arises”, it’s time to take a better approach. Just as businesses have annual cycles, the same concept holds true for your association. Therefore, to be more effective, your ... Read more...
  • You Need 3: Trusted Advisors Every Community Board Must Have Filling in the knowledge gaps on your board When it comes to handling the many aspects of your community association, especially if you are running it as you would a business, it’s important to have certain professionals who act as your trusted advisors. When you do this, you’ll have an unbiased group that will assist the board by providing their specific expertise as it is needed to ensure the association runs ... Read more...
  • Why Associations Need to View Themselves as a Business Why Associations Need to View Themselves as a Business on peytonbolin.comHere’s the simple answer.   Because you are one. In essence, your community association is a not-for-profit business and although your board members are volunteers that were elected by popular vote, you are still required to follow certain requirements like other businesses. That being said, there are some real advantages to viewing your association as a business that you should be aware of. Let’s take a look: 1. To protect against liability While your ... Read more...
  • Top 10 PeytonBolin Blogs for 2015 Community-AssociationSo much to read and so little time. We’ve made it easy and put together 10 of our most popular community association blogs. Happy reading. How to Get Residents More Involved in Your Community Association In order for a homeowner’s association to work to its full potential, it needs to have the help of the entire community. However, that can be very difficult for a large number of the HOAs out there ... Read more...
  • Are HOA Members Entitled to Review HOA Documents? Are HOA Members Entitled to Review HOA Documents on peytonbolin.comThe short answer? Absolutely! As a member of any Florida HOA—from the smallest complex to grand-scale planned developments—you are guaranteed both legal rights and access to information with regard to your individual property, as well as the expectation of consistency in treatment and enforcement of regulations by the homeowner’s association with regard to your property and its function within the greater community. Review of official documentation can be vital to HOA members, ... Read more...
  • Preventative Services: Do Unit Owners Have a Right to Privacy? Preventative Services: Do Unit Owners Have a Right to Privacy? on peytonbolin.comA recent Florida case highlights interesting concerns about a homeowner’s right to privacy.   A condominium owner had repeatedly refused entry to her unit when her Association conducted pest control. According to the owner, she had a breathing disorder which would become more problematic if pest control were allowed inside her unit to spray various pesticides. The association, however, argued that they were well within their rights to enter her unit in ... Read more...
  • Is the Grandfather Clause a Myth? Is the Grandfather Clause a Myth? on peytonbolin.comNo! The Grandfather Clause is a useful tool that allows communities to update their rules without driving current residents away   Many community associations are aware of the potential benefits of the grandfather clause. As environments change, regulations may often change with them. It is not always easy to implement role changes, even when they’re necessary. Property managers in community associations should understand best practices for implementing new rules in the community ... Read more...
  • What You Should Know Before Joining a Common Ownership Community What You Should Know Before Joining a Common Ownership Community on peytonbolin.comHOAs and condo associations have a unique set of operational, legal and financial issues you must be aware of before you decide to move in Condominium associations, most homeowner associations and cooperative housing corporations (“co-ops”) are all common ownership communities. While each runs differently, they’re all regulated by State law and have binding rules that apply to all members. Buying a condominium unit or lot or purchasing a share in the ... Read more...
  • What Are the Rules for Videotaping Community Association Meetings? What Are the Rules for Videotaping Community Association Meetings on peytonbolin.comWhether you want to bring the camera or are uncomfortable because someone else has, here’s everything you need to know about videotaping condo, HOA and cooperative board meetings in Florida While condominium and HOA members in Florida have the right to videotape board and membership meetings, cooperative owners can only videotape board meetings. However, this right is still subject to the reasonable rules and regulations of the board. Why people want to ... Read more...
  • A Case for Nuisance A Case for Nuisance on peytonbolin.comHow associations can build a case regarding incidents of nuisance.   In some situations, the rules established by a community association just don’t do enough to deter conflict. There are probably no specific rules outlined in your governing documents that ban behavior like setting off fireworks or rollerblading in the common areas. Most community associations assume that these kinds of things are implied, but not having them clearly explained in the governing ... Read more...