Journal Notes—April 2021

Journal Notes—April 2021

by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published April 2021

     This April issue is focused on life in HOAs and the issues that are often unique to HOAs. The article from Down to Earth addresses the establishment of a well-thought-out landscape budget. AppFolio shares seven ways to streamline communications to keep homeowners connected and engaged with one another. Holbrook Asphalt identifies a potential problem with asphalt preservation plans, while Friends of Bats talks about what they can do to help manage and mitigate the presence of bats during bat maternity season, when their roosting sites can’t be disturbed. Leland Management shares how lifestyle programs promote community engagement, and Florida CAM Schools details several rules for board members to govern by.

     From a legal angle, Becker shares several commonly asked questions about HOA living and provides detailed answers. Kaye, Bender & Rembaum dive in to the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between homeowner associations and condominium associations. Backer, Aboud, Poliakoff & Foelster ask and answer the question, “May a homeowners association fine members who fail to comply with the governing documents?” Gelfand and Arpe highlight the importance of not being even one day late for a deadline and the appropriate use of “bad boy” clauses. There is a lot to know about living in an HOA, and the knowledge and wisdom shared in these pages is a cause for gratitude.

     If you are a snowbird and are headed north for the summer, stay safe and enjoy your time away. Don’t forget to call our office at (800) 443-3433 or email to have your FLCAJ subscription sent to your summer address so that you can stay informed. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Florida!