Citizens board may delay rate hike [6-21-18]

Article Courtesy of The JAX 4 News By Lloyd Dunkelberger Published June 21, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Citizens Property Insurance is poised to delay a 7.9 percent rate increase for policyholders, after some board members suggested Tuesday another rate hike …

Miramar homeowners association pays up after woman loses leg to snake bite Homeowners association pays $5 million to victim [5-24-18]

Article Courtesy of Local 10 News By Jeff Weinsier Published May 24, 2018 MIRAMAR – A snake bite cost a woman her leg and a Miramar homeowners association millions of dollars. A University of Florida study found that venomous water …

Seven Accused of Taking Homes Worth $12 Million From the Living and the Dead [5-11-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Wayne R. Roustan and Anne Geggis Published May 11, 2018 A ring of thieves illegally took ownership of more than 40 homes across South Florida in a multimillion-dollar plan — even stealing properties that …

Citizens Insurance plans to reduce coverage for repairs it cannot control [3-28-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published March 28, 2018 State-run Citizens Insurance is finalizing a plan state insurance regulators hope will be copied across the industry: Beginning May 1, it will cap coverage of non-weather-related water damage at …

Spurned by private carriers, South Florida homeowners again forced into state-run Citizens Property Insurance [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published March 24, 2018 State-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the so-called “insurer of last resort,” is poised to again become the first choice for many homeowner insurance customers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. …

First-Impression Florida Condo Law Case Highlights Property Tax Oddity [3-23-18]

Article Courtesy of Daily Business Review By Celia Ampel Published March 23, 2018 Condo associations may not represent unit owners in property tax appeals brought by the county appraiser, even if it means flooding the courts with hundreds of nearly …

Florida Appeals Decision Clarifies Property Tax Liability on Condos With Land Leases

Article Courtesy of The Daily Business Review By Noah B. Tennyson Published January 24, 2018 In a recent Florida appellate decision, titled Beach Club Towers Homeowners Association v. Chris Jones, Property Appraiser for Escambia County, Florida, 2017 WL 4526773, (Fla. …

Governor Scott Signs Senate Bill 398- The “estoppel bill” is effective 7/1/17

By Susan P. Bakalar, Esq. Bakalar & Associates, PA CS/CS/CS/SB 398 – Estoppel Certificates The bill revises requirements for estoppel certificates for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations. Under current law, when an ownership interest in a condominium unit, cooperative unit, …