Ser­vice an­i­mals must obey all pet rules set by condo as­so­ci­a­tion

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - H.O.A. LAW -

How long in real es­tate: Ten years What sep­a­rates you from other Real­tors? My cus­tomer ser­vice, work ethic and strict at­ten­tion to de­tail is un­par­al­leled. Ad­di­tion­ally, when I list a prop­erty I en­gage on a com­pre­hen­sive mar­ket­ing plan which in­cludes pro­fes­sional photographs, a large on­line cam­paign in­clud­ing sub­mis­sion to over 50 web­sites, lo­cal ad­ver­tis­ing in the news­pa­per and mag­a­zines in the tar­get area where the prop­erty is lo­cated.

De­scribe your work­ing style: I take the time to learn my cus­tomer’s real es­tate goals, and then I work to achieve that goal for them. What ad­vice do you have for buy­ers? This is a very com­pet­i­tive mar­ket – be pre­pared with your fi­nances be­fore you start look­ing for a home. Sub­mit strong of­fers sup­ported with a lender ap­proval or proof of funds for cash of­fers. What ad­vice do you have for sell­ers? It’s im­por­tant to price your home prop­erly from the be­gin­ning, oth­er­wise your list­ing may not get the rules and reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing ser­vice and emo­tional support an­i­mals. Some ex­am­ple rules are: own­ers of the an­i­mal must pick up after the an­i­mal, and the an­i­mal must be on a leash at all times out­side of the unit. If th­ese rules are ha­bit­u­ally vi­o­lated, the as­so­ci­a­tion may have the an­i­mal re­moved. The board should con­sult its com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion at­tor­ney to de­ter­mine what rules may and may not be passed re­gard­ing such an­i­mals. Q. As snow­birds, we own a car in Florida and leave it in our as­signed spot in our condo as­so­ci­a­tion. We re­turned to Florida to find that our car was towed be­cause our li­cense plate showed an out-of-date reg-

at­ten­tion it de­serves. What pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ment makes you the most proud? It was my goal to be in­vited to ap­ply and be ac­cepted into the Master Bro­kers Fo­rum for Broward County. I am pleased to have ac­com­plished that goal. is­tra­tion sticker. Was this le­gal? A. The as­so­ci­a­tion must have a tow­ing con­tract in place with a rep­utable tow­ing company. Tow­ing rules dif­fer among dif­fer­ent ci­ties and coun­ties. Rep­utable tow­ing com­pa­nies will know the state law and lo­cal rules re­gard­ing tow­ing. The as­so­ci­a­tion may only have ve­hi­cles towed if the as­so­ci­a­tion has cer­tain park­ing rules in place and a ve­hi­cle owner vi­o­lates such rules. If there are no park­ing rules, then the as­so­ci­a­tion does not have any rules that were vi­o­la­tion. If the as­so­ci­a­tion does not have a rule stat­ing that ve­hi­cles show­ing an ex­pired tag will be towed, then the as­so­ci­a­tion would likely have vi­o­lated the tow­ing statutes. Are you in­volved in any char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions? Food For The Poor Con­tact in­for­ma­tion: Julie Adler Mah­food, at (954) 304-4424; visit www.juliemah­ Q. Pets are not al­lowed in our as­so­ci­a­tion. How­ever, own­ers have brought pets in be­cause the pets are emo­tional support an­i­mals or ser­vice an­i­mals. A few of th­ese an­i­mals con­stantly bark and some com­plaints have been sent to the board about dogs jumping on other res­i­dents while in the el­e­va­tor. Do own­ers with ser­vice an­i­mals or emo­tional support an­i­mals get free reign with their an­i­mals? Michael Bo­gen de­votes his le­gal prac­tice to rep­re­sent­ing

A. hun­dreds of con­do­minium and No. Fed­eral and state law home­owner as­so­ci­a­tions. Bo­gen, al­lows such an owner to who is ad­mit­ted to prac­tice law in Florida, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and Ne­have a pet even though vada, is also ad­mit­ted be­fore the the as­so­ci­a­tion’s gov­ern­ing United States Dis­trict Court in the doc­u­ments pro­hibit pets into the South­ern and Mid­dle Dis­tricts of Florida. Michael Bo­gen is as­sis­tant as­so­ci­a­tion so long as the owner ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Condo pro­vides the proper doc­u­men­taCoun­cil, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion tion. How­ever, this does not give to over 1,000 as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers. If you have a re­lated ques­free reign to the owner. As­so­tion, please send your emails to cia­tions may pass rea­son­able col­umn@con­ Q. Can the board charge unit own­ers to use the common el­e­ments? A. Gen­er­ally, no. The as­so­ci­a­tion may not charge a use fee against a unit owner for the use of the common el­e­ments or as­so­ci­a­tion prop­erty un­less oth­er­wise pro­vided for in the Dec­la­ra­tion of Con­do­minium or by a majority vote of the as­so­ci­a­tion, or un­less the charges re­late to ex­penses in­curred by an owner hav­ing ex­clu­sive use of the common el­e­ments or as­so­ci­a­tion prop­erty.

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