Florida property insurance market is ‘unhealthy,’ Citizens chief warns

Article Courtesy of News Service of Florida By Jim Turner   Published September 27, 2020 TALLAHASSEE — Homeowners are again starting to flock to the state-backed property insurer of last resort as the private market becomes economically stressed, the president of Citizens Property …

Florida’s ban on evictions has expired. What now for tenants who are months behind on rent?

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published October 4, 2020 Gov. Ron DeSantis has finally allowed his moratorium on residential evictions to expire, six months after it took effect on April 2. In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, …

Some gated communities are pulling back to slow coronavirus

Article Courtesy of  The Palm Beach Post By Mike Diamond     Published July 31, 2020 With Palm Beach County’s stubborn trend of COVID-19 cases, some age-restricted gated communities west of Boynton Beach and Lake Worth are again going into shut-down mode.  …

Insurance Coverage vs. COVID-19 Co-ops & HOAs May Be Left Holding the Bag

Article Courtesy of The Cooperator By A.J. Sidransky Published August 5, 2020 By its very definition, insurance coverage is planned protection against both the expected and the unexpected. Life insurance clearly provides financial security in the event of death, which of course …

New Laws Spurring Fla. Community Associations to Implement E-Voting, Websites

Article Courtesy of  The Daily Business Review By Nicole R. Kurtz  Published August 25, 2019 Technology has been the focus of many recent changes to Florida laws, including those that now allow community associations to implement electronic voting and require …

A Homeowner’s Guide to HOAs: Homeowners Associations, Explained

Article Courtesy of  The REALTOR.COM By Terri Williams Published September 2, 2019 Many homes across the United States are part of an HOA, or homeowners association. So what does that mean? In a nutshell, an HOA helps ensure that your …

Pitfalls for Community Associations When an Owner Files Bankruptcy

Article Courtesy of The Daily Business Review By Zach Shelomith Published July 22, 2019 Last year, over 750,000 bankruptcy cases were filed in the United States. Therefore, it is only natural that a significant number of owners of properties in community associations …

Iguana population in Florida grows as temperatures stay high, residents urged to ‘kill’

Article Courtesy of  ABC News By Jon Schlosberg   Published July 5, 2019 The green iguana population in Florida is exploding — and consistent warm weather is only exacerbating the problem. It has gotten so bad, in a post to its …

Announcement: Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium & Planned Development Law

Posted by Bakalar & Associates, PA 7/10/19 The Law Offices of Bakalar & Associates, PA is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2018 attorneys Susan P. Bakalar and Leonard Wilder have received their certification in Condominium & Planned …

Florida drags feet for decades on fire safety for condos

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Steve Bousquet Published May 21, 2019 Man discovered fire hundreds of thousands of years ago. And for almost that long, or so it seems, politicians and taxpayers in Florida have been arguing about …