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Barbara Stage’s Legal Guides

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  • HOA Bullies and Condo Commandos

    Dealing with harassment and bullying in community associations. Harassed much? The biggest complaint I hear recently from people calling my firm for help is bullying and harassment by their associatio

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  • HOA Foreclosures

    What you need to know in order to keep your home. No Defenses Florida law guaranteeing the rights of associations to receive assessments is very powerful and favors the associations. There are no def

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  • Time to Pay Those Assessments - Even If You Did Not Receive A Bill

    Number 1 problem in community living is past due assessments because the owner did not receive a bill from the association. Here's some things you need to know about Florida and the collection of ass

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  • Community Association Managers

    When community association managers (CAMs) start making board decisions there could be consequences. Introduction In the past few weeks I have been contacted by community associations regarding issues

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  • HOA Emergency Powers (FS 720.316) NEW LAW!

    Commentary on the new law enacted July 1, 2014 giving HOAs unrestricted powers during emergencies. Introduction There is trouble brewing on the horizon and it doesn't come from a hurricane, but the ef

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  • Covenant Violations and the Fining Process - What Homeowners Need to Know

    An overiew of the fining process and how to protect yourself from HOA abuse by an association not regulated by the State of Florida. Introduction This is the time of year where our firm gets a lot of

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  • Buyer Beware - You Are About To Become A HOA Victim

    Growing trend of liening and foreclosing on new owners. Introduction NOTICE: New out-of-state home buyers -- welcome to Florida and please turn over your new home to the HOA. This has been going on

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  • Abuse of Power - Living in A Florida Community Association

    The problems homeowners encounter living in HOAs, COAs and mobile home parks. Introduction If I had to briefly describe Florida community associations (COAs, HOAs, Mobile Home Parks) I would sum it up

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  • No Deed Restrictions - A Costly Error

    A recent trial court ruling invalidated the deed restrictions for one HOA for not using the correct voting procedures. The Rules Apply to Everyone, Including the HOA Itself Yesterday was a good day f

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  • How to Spot a "Bad" HOA (or Condo Association)

    A guide on signs your association is behaving badly. The Signs When potential clients tell me they think they made a mistake and bought into a "bad" HOA or COA, if it's a condo association, I tell the

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