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Have you ever had someone point a camera in your face at your Condo or HOA board meeting?
Have you ever sat in a board or membership meeting only to notice at some point that someone in the audience is videotaping the meeting? Did the fact that you were being filmed concern you at all? The Florida Legislature ...
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Get started now on building your community's brand!
My last blog discussed why you should start considering your community's brand and how you are viewed in the marketplace by potential purchasers, vendors and even your local government officials. Today's blog will focus on th...
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Which new member behaviors require regulation?
Summer is the perfect time for many associations to speak with their association attorney about updating their rules and regulations. I have been busy for the past few weeks reviewing and updating rules and regulations for al...
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Which affirmative defenses might derail your community's enforcement efforts?
Most association boards can decide when they wish to pursue an owner who has violated the community's restrictions. However, it is the rare board that undertakes a thorough analysis before sending out those demand letters to determine if the owner can use a...
Most association boards can decide when they wish to pursue an owner who has violated the community's restrictions. However, it is the rare board that undertakes a thorough analysis before sending out those demand letters to ...
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What exactly does grandfathering mean in your community?
In the community association setting, we often hear about
certain things, people or practices being “grandfathered in” which basically
means that new restrictions cannot apply in those instances. The term “grandfather clause” has an ignominious past; it
aro...
In the community association setting, we often hear about certain things, people or practices being “grandfathered in” which basically means that new restrictions cannot apply in those instances. The term “grandfather clau...
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Construction Cranes are going up but would you buy a new condo?
We've all seen the construction cranes going up, now the data confirms our suspicions. According to Cranespotters.com, there are 247 South Florida condominium projects in the works. Condominium sales currently make up half the home sales in South Florida. T...
We've all seen the construction cranes going up, now the data confirms our suspicions. According to Cranespotters.com, there are 247 South Florida condominium projects in the works. Condominium sales currently make up half th...
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Election season is right around the corner so it is time for association boards to start contemplating the question of political signs.
As the November election approaches, communities all across the country are faced with a bit of a dilemma. How, and if, they can enforce a ban on signs in their community without trampling on First...
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What is your community's brand in the marketplace?
I just returned from the TOPS Software CAMfire conference in St. Petersburg and was mightily impressed with the entire program. I was honored to have been one of four keynote speakers as well as having been asked to teach a c...
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Condo and HOA Law Blog gets a new name-CommunityAssociationLawBlog!
Congratulations!! You are reading the first post I am writing under the name of my new blog, the Community Association Law Blog. If you are reading this post, it is likely that you have followed my association blog for some t...
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Perhaps you could comment on how to get Banks to foreclose on properties,  we have had a property since the owners death in 2008.  The place is a disaster - the estate was settled, but nothing.
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Not Your Ordinary Hurricane Guidebook!
Now that we are well into our  6-month hurricane season with Hurricane Arthur already having come and gone, it is still not too late for your board to learn a few new techniques to best prepare your community to weather a storm. The typical advice to purcha...
Now that we are well into our  6-month hurricane season with Hurricane Arthur already having come and gone, it is still not too late for your board to learn a few new techniques to best prepare your community to weather a sto...
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Could your condominium be voluntarily terminated?
Do you live in an older condominium building in a prime location? Have you ever thought about terminating your condominium in order to sell your older building to a developer desirous of your location? Has the fact that your older building is going to requi...
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BP Oil is still paying on claims. Could your association or individual community members be eligible?
As virtually every resident, property owner and business
owner along the Florida Gulf Coast knows, BP Oil has entered into a class action settlement designed to compensate
victims of the April, 2010, oil spill from BP’s Macondo well. The fund was originally...
As virtually every resident, property owner and business owner along the Florida Gulf Coast knows, BP Oil has entered into a class action settlement designed to compensate victims of the April, 2010, oil spill from BP’s Macon...
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Community association attorney for two decades, author, keynote speaker, community association advocate.
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Becker & Poliakoff 1 East Broward Blvd. Ft.Lauderdale, FL 33301
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Introduction

I am happy to be back home at the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff where I began practicing community association law two decades ago. My legislative work continues with the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL).

Please take a look at our website at www.bplegal.com where you can see the work our team of 170 talented attorneys is doing throughout Florida and the nation. With thirteen offices throughout Florida there is no community we cannot service regardless of size or location.

Education
  • Northwestern University
    English
  • University of Miami
    Law