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DBPR secretary offers help to Fla. HOAs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 22, 2015 – Ken Lawson, Secretary with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), says the state has more than 26,000 condominium and cooperative associations, and DBPR can offer them help if certain problems arise.
Homeowners associations (HOAs) are typically a not-for-profit corporation that elects a board of directors.
“Elections to select the board of directors often occur during the fall and winter months as a majority of unit owners enjoy the Florida sunshine throughout this time of year,” Lawson writes in Fridays’ DBPR update, The Bottom Line. He notes two main DBPR functions over state HOAs:
Consumer protectionThe Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes provides consumer protection through developer disclosure, education, complaint resolution, and mediation and arbitration,” Lawson says. For condo buyers, DBPR is a resource and can be reached by phone at (800) 226-9101.
HOA complianceThe enforcement arm of the division will investigate complaints involving election disputes, financial disputes and disputes involving the right of unit owners to access official association records.
Lawson calls compliance a “broad category” that includes a developer’s failure to turn over control of the condominium association in accordance with the Florida Condominium Act, election notice requirements, candidate eligibility disputes, board member delinquency, the suspension of voter rights, the failure of the association to assess properly, the failure of the association to maintain official records and the failure of the association to timely comply with an official records request.
EducationThe division conducts seminars throughout Florida that provide guidance to unit owners. It also offers certification courses for board members and community association managers.
For more information regarding the division’s jurisdiction regarding condominium and cooperative associations, visit the DBPR website.
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Source: Florida Realtors Feed

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