I’ve been spending a good deal of time recently attending the annual membership meetings of a number of the ROCs we represent and helping many of our communities prepare for these meetings.

I thought I’d list a few reminders for board members and managers of condominium and cooperative associations preparing for annual meetings:

  • The annual

I cringe every time a member of a resident owned condominium or cooperative association mentions that an event has been scheduled to "meet the candidates" running for the board of directors of that community. 

It’s clear from the Florida Statutes governing the election of directors in condominium associations and cooperative associations that there is a

Governor Crist signed Senate Bill 1196 into law last week and I’ll be posting several entries about the amendments to Florida’s statutes affecting condominiums, cooperatives, and mandatory homeowners’ associations in the coming weeks. 

I’d like to first mention a provision in Senate Bill 1196 that corrects a "glitch" in the statutes governing cooperative associations.

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ROC managers, board members and the professionals that advise them quite often long for the "good old days" when the Florida Statutes governing condominium associations (Chapter 718) and cooperative associations (Chapter 719) were almost identical in provisions concerning elections, eligibility to run for the board, and waivers of financial reporting requirements. 

Those days are, for

We are now well into our "season" in Florida and most resident owned communities will be holding their annual meetings during the next few months.  It’s thus a very good time to remind my blog readers that are members of condominium or cooperative associations of some of the important differences between ballots and proxies:

  • In general

Our first set of ROC seminars for the 2009-2010 "season" have been scheduled.   We’ll discuss how the new "Red Flag" identity protection rules will affect resident owned communities, cover election procedures and the differences between ballots and proxies, provide some updates on developments in the Fair Housing area and recent court cases and highlight proposed legislation that