Condominium associations ban short-term rentals to protect residents from COVID-19

Article Courtesy of  The Treasure Coast Newspaper By Colleen Wixon Published October 23, 2020 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — While people self-quarantined in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, some communities tried to insulate residents from outsiders.       Armed with Gov. …

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 …

What Liens or Encumbrances Survive Against a Property After it is Sold at a Tax Deed Sale?

By Susan P. Bakalar, Esq., Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium & Planned Unit Development Law. Governmental liens and judgments survive the issuance of a tax deed sale and are satisfied to the fullest extent possible with any overbid monies …

What happens if you fall behind on HOA fees?

Article Courtesy of  Bankrate By Sarah Li Cain      Published September 17, 2020 What are HOA fees? HOA fees are a mandatory monthly, quarterly or annual fee paid by the homeowners living within a homeowners association to help maintain amenities and …

Oak and mahogany trees the root of hazardous sidewalks and rancorous neighborhood battles

Article Courtesy of  The Palm Beach Post By Mike Diamond     Published October 13, 2020 Twenty-eight years ago, it seemed like a good idea for Palm Beach County planners to require developers to install oak or mahogany trees between sidewalks and …

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, …

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 …