Florida’s insurer of last resort grows as private market hits capacity. Citizens is back above 500,000 policies for the first time since 2015.

Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times By Jim Turner      Published October 18, 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 …

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.  …

DeSantis extends eviction and foreclosure moratorium until Sept. 1

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By David Harris and Mark Skoneki Published August 4, 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t wait until the final hours to extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures this time around. The governor on Wednesday night …

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 …

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 …

South Floridians harbor suspicions that support dogs are mostly pets

Article Courtesy of  The Sun Sentinel By Fred Grimm Published March 22, 2019   Life in South Florida engenders a certain skepticism. Perhaps, it comes from watching too many young women park Italian sports cars in handicap spaces, hang placards …

You say you have an ’emotional support’ animal? This bill says, ‘Not so fast.’

The bill is aiming at people who claim ‘emotional support’ pets to get out of paying pet deposits or into buildings that ban animals. Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times By Lawrence Mower Published March 14, 2019 “Emotional support” …

Can you smoke inside your own condo or apartment?

Article Courtesy of Channel 7 News Miami By Patrick Fraser Published January 2, 2019     Do you have the right to smoke in your own condo or apartment? And do you have any rights if your neighbor is a smoker …

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 …