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  • Covenant Enforcement Options for HOAs Covenant Enforcement Options for HOAs on peytonbolin.comWhat you can do when good neighbors go gaudy What happens when someone decides they want to put up gaudy decorations on their front lawn or decides to let the yard “go back to nature” rather than mow it and keep it in shape? What do you do when a house in the community has a van parked out front where they allow their friends to sleep? If you are part ... Read more...
  • PeytonBolin Honored Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States PeytonBolin Honored Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States on peytonbolin.comInc 5000 names PeytonBolin #3,228 in list of fastest growing private companies PeytonBolin, a leading real estate law firm, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. The prestigious rankings were announced earlier today and PeytonBolin was honored at number 3,228 by growing more than 100 percent over the past three years. FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (PRWEB) AUGUST 12, 2015 PeytonBolin, a top real estate law firm based in Florida, ... Read more...
  • What to Do When Your Community Association Puts You in Collection What to Do When Your Community Association Puts You in Collection on peytonbolin.comHow to respond to an HOA’s demand letter or delinquent assessment notice Your homeowners association exists to govern community rules and administer common areas and activities that benefit the entire community. When you signed the closing agreement, you agreed to pay your mortgage, insurance, taxes and any membership dues or assessments your association requires. When an assessment becomes delinquent, the association has the right to pursue the payment. However, there are certain ... Read more...
  • How Community Associations Can Build Community Spirit How Community Associations Can Build Community Spirit on peytonbolin.com6 activities that can foster a vibrant, responsive and healthy community association A community with spirit is a community that takes pride in itself. Like safe neighborhoods, spirited communities attract like-minded residents and generally have higher resale values. The emotional investment residents make in the community will also set it apart from others and make it more attractive to potential buyers. So what can you do to build a vibrant, responsive and ... Read more...
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Wants HOAs Registered With The State of Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Wants HOAs Registered With The State of Florida on peytonbolin.comUnless registered with the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes, Citizens will not insure or renew. In a 2013 legislative session, changes were made to homeowners’ association governance (720.303(13)) that require community association managers, or the management firm and every manager within the firm, to register with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes (Division). When there is no ... Read more...
  • Pros and Cons of Community Lounge Areas Pros and Cons of Community Lounge AreasMaking the Right Decision for your Community Association Common lounge areas are a great way to bring your community together and give them a comfortable space to gather, meet, socialize, or simply relax. As its most basic level, your common lounge area can have a few couches or some tables and chairs. You can also add a few televisions, a pool table, a book shelf, a game room, and more. There is an ... Read more...
  • Safety Tips for Families Using Communal Areas Safety Tips for Families Using Communal Areas on peytonbolin.comStaying Safe in your Community As residents in a community association, part of your responsibility is to help maintain the different communal areas also known as common areas. While your association dues/assessments will take care of most of the tasks associated with community upkeep, you still have to give a lot of attention to how you tend to such common areas as the pool, BBQ spot, and other shared spaces. Summertime Is ... Read more...
  • Partner Jane Bolin is Selected to 2015 Florida Rising Stars List Jane Bolin Selected to 2015 Florida Rising Stars ListJane Bolin, Founding Member of leading Florida-based law firm PeytonBolin, has been named to the Florida Rising Stars List for 2015. Compiled by the Super Lawyers rating service, only two and one-half percent of the lawyers in each state are selected for this honorable distinction. Jane F. Bolin, Managing Partner and CMO of top community association law firm PeytonBolin, has been selected for the Florida Rising Stars List of 2015. Each ... Read more...
  • The Updated Florida Statutes for Homeowner Associations The Updated Florida Statutes for Homeowner Associations on peytonbolin.comNew Laws for Associations Effective July 1, 2015 What should HOA members should know? The Florida statutes for Homeowner Associations were updated on July 1, 2015 and are now officially in effect. These updates may change the way you and your association do things, so it’s important to understand what changes have been made and how your community will be affected. Here are some important parts of the new laws for Homeowner Associations: Condominiums and ... Read more...
  • PeytonBolin Partner Joseph Giannell Named to Florida Super Lawyers List for 2015 PeytonBolin Partner Joseph Giannell Named to Florida Super Lawyers List for 2015 on peytonbolin.com Joseph S. Giannell, Esq., Board Certified Real Estate Attorney and Partner at leading Florida-based firm PeytonBolin, has been named to the prestigious 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list. The patented third-party rating system combines peer evaluations with independent research and evaluates candidates on 12 indicators of professional achievement and recognition. This list serves as a credible and objective resource for fellow attorneys, as well as consumers searching for outstanding lawyers. Only five ... Read more...
  • Why You Have Homeowner Association Dues Why You Have Homeowner Association DuesHow to Help your Residents Accept Their HOA Dues One of the elements that cause many people to dislike the idea of having a homeowner’s association is the fact that there are dues. However, the dues are necessary to ensure the community continues to thrive and that there is money to pay for all of the community’s needs. Without the dues, the complex could turn into chaos rather quickly. After all, ... Read more...
  • PeytonBolin Hurricane Preparation Guide Download our Hurricane Preparation and Insurance Claims Process Guide. PB Hurricane Prep & Insurance Claims Process June 2015 Read more...
  • Is Living in a Community Association Right For You? Is Living in a Community Association Right For You? on peytonbolin.comWhat should you consider before moving into a Community Association You’ve decided you want to simplify your life and move into a condo on the beach but you’ve never lived in a home where you were part of an association and you are not sure it is for you?  Here are some simple guidelines to help you determine if association living makes sense. First let’s define what community homeowner associations, commonly referred to as ... Read more...
  • Community Association Code of Ethics to take it from Good to Great Community Association Code of Ethics, PeytonBolin, Fort Lauderdale, FL on peytonbolin.comEvery community association needs a clear, concise code of ethics. These codes help protect the community and provide guidelines for leaders and board members. Community Association Institute  put together Principles for Community Association Success. We’ve highlighted some key information from that resource guide in this article which is part 3 of a 3 part series. Part 1 covered Rights and Responsibilities of Homeowners which can be found here, and Part 2 covered the Rights and Responsibilities ... Read more...
  • Advertising on your Community Association’s Website Advertising on your Community Association’s Website on peytonbolin.comConsider these facts before advertising on your Community Association’s Website. Your community association website should have one ultimate goal: enhancing communication. This includes communication between the board, residents, owners, and community leaders. Websites can be used to post notices, conduct surveys, publish board meeting information, upload classifieds, and release inspection requests. Neighborhood links, FAQs, forums, events listings – there is no limit to what you can post on your community website. However, ... Read more...