Not us­ing ameni­ties such as pool or gym does not mean own­ers are not re­spon­si­ble for pay­ing as­sess­ments

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Michael Bo­gen de­votes his le­gal prac­tice to rep­re­sent­ing hun­dreds of con­do­minium and home­owner as­so­ci­a­tions. Bo­gen, who is ad­mit­ted to prac­tice law in Florida, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Ne­vada, also is ad­mit­ted be­fore the United States Dis­trict Court in the South­ern and Mid­dle Dis­tricts of Florida. He is as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Condo Coun­cil, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion to over 1,000 as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers.

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I have al­ways been in­trigued by real es­tate. As a teen I would visit “The Home Of The Week” with my par­ents, who were al­ways get­ting ideas for their “dream home.” As an adult I am hon­ored any­time some­one al­lows me to help them search for a home. Buy­ing a prop­erty is one of the big­gest de­ci­sions some­one makes and the fact that they trust me with the process is hum­bling.

It is al­ways my goal to go above and beyond the ex­pec­ta­tions of ev­ery one of my clients. I treat ev­ery cus­tomer like they are a mem­ber of How do I ob­tain a copy of the yearly bud­get? All you have to do is sub­mit a writ­ten re­quest to the as­so­ci­a­tion. I would rec­om­mend hav­ing some sort of track­ing avail­able, such as cer­ti­fied mail or via email. Once the as­so­ci­a­tion re­ceives your re­quest, they must pro­vide ac­cess to the bud­get within 10 busi­ness days. How­ever, prior to the pas­sage of the bud­get, a copy of the pro­posed bud­get must be hand de­liv­ered, mailed, or elec­tron­i­cally trans­mit­ted my fam­ily and al­ways look out for their best in­ter­est, even if it means talk­ing them out of a pur­chase. I look at the re­la­tion­ship as a life­long one, not one that ends at clos­ing.

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24/7, I am al­ways avail­able to my clients. Be­ing a Real­tor is big­ger than just find­ing and ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal – you must be there.

Make a list of your wants and needs, stick to your bud­get and never set­tle on a home. If you are pur­chas- (email or on the as­so­ci­a­tion web­site) at least 14 days prior to the board bud­get meet­ing, with­out any re­quest and must be au­to­matic. We have some own­ers who are re­fus­ing to pay their as­sess­ments be­cause they do not use some of the fa­cil­i­ties, such as the pool or gym. Is this le­gal? If not, what can the as­so­ci­a­tion do about it? ing a prop­erty with a sig­nif­i­cant other, talk to each other about your non-ne­go­tiables and deal break­ers be­fore meet­ing with your Real­tor. If you are not sure what kind of prop­erty you are look­ing for, how is your Real­tor go­ing to find it for you? Al­ways look at the big pic­ture. If your Real­tor rec­om­mends paint­ing a wall, re­mov­ing some fur­ni­ture, or do­ing some light stag­ing do it. You may have to spend $500 to paint and put some fur­ni­ture in stor­age but your re­turn on in­vest­ment will be much greater. Choose a Real­tor who will tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear. that such owner(s) may re­duce their as­sess­ments. Whether an owner or ten­ant uses the some of the fa­cil­i­ties does not mat­ter. If an owner re­fuses to pay their as­sess­ments, the as­so­ci­a­tion may hire a com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion at­tor­ney to be­gin the col­lec­tions process in ob­tain­ing such delin­quent as­sess­ments. Our build­ing is al­most 20 years old. We have had sev­eral floods from old wa­ter heaters. What can we do to help al­le­vi­ate this is­sue?

I was a news pro­ducer for 10 years in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia and Rich­mond, Vir­ginia. PROD­UCT DE­VEL­OP­MENT MAN­AGER AD­VER­TIS­ING DE­SIGNER SPE­CIAL SEC­TIONS WRITER SE­NIOR SALES MAN­AGER REAL ES­TATE AC­COUNT EX­EC­U­TIVE There are a few things the as­so­ci­a­tion can do. I rec­om­mend to my clients they sug­gest the as­so­ci­a­tion send a no­tice to all own­ers re­gard­ing hav­ing their wa­ter heaters in­spected. Some boards want to take amore proac­tive ap­proach and con­duct an an­nual in­spec­tion of all wa­ter heaters un­der the as­sump­tion that the in­spec­tion cost are far less than deal­ing with a flood­ing wa­ter heater. Other as­so­ci­a­tions choose to pass an amend­ment to their dec­la­ra­tion re­quir­ing all own­ers to change their wa­ter heaters ev­ery GAR­RETT A. FOSTER DEB­O­RAH DOCHERTY TRACY KOLODY ARIEL GON­ZA­LEZ TANYA PLATH 954-425-1642 954-425-1029 954-425-1695 954-425-1053 954-425-1517 so of­ten. I have heard that it’s a good idea to change heaters ev­ery 10 years; how­ever, I would check with a plumber to ob­tain the rec­om­mended life ex­pectancy of wa­ter heaters.

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