How Much Can A Condo Charge For Rental Applications?

How Much Can a Condo Charge for Rental Applications? The The Florida Condo Act prohibits Condo Associations from charging renters more than $100.00 per applicant or $150.00 per married couple. Specifically, Florida Statue 718.112(2)(i) states: “No charge shall be made by the association or any body thereof in connection with the sale, mortgage, lease, sublease, […]

Appeal Puts Spotlight on Fee Claims Against Lenders After Foreclosure

Florida Business Review (Online) A question about attorney fees for collection efforts pursued after a foreclosure sale puts Florida’s safe harbor provisions in the spotlight. The state’s safe harbor provision protects lenders recovering property after foreclosure from paying the full amount of overdue association dues. Under the rule, lenders pay a year’s worth of dues […]

How Unintended Consequences of a Federal Law Can Put Attorneys at Risk

Florida Business Review (Online)July 17, 2017 Monday A federal law designed to protect consumers is doing the opposite for creditors rights attorneys – stripping them of defenses and heightening their exposure to legal malpractice suits. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aims to combat unfair, abusive and deceptive debt collection practices. But a series of […]

Homeowners in Legal War Allege Retaliation by Condo Board

They say lawsuits, harassment, car towings follow their complaints MARGATE, Fla. – The Applegreen condos in Margate are a lot like other complexes, seemingly rundown with crumbling door frames, holes in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, lousy laundry machines and a lot of residents wondering what they are getting in return for their monthly […]

Community Association Work Generates Jobs for Law Firms

Becker & Poliakoff and Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, law firms that specialize in community associations, are bulking up with new personnel and facilities to handle the effects of the recession. Becker & Poliakoff recently leased office space in Miramar for a “collections and foreclosure center.” The firm hired 27 people, mostly paralegals and assistants, to […]

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