New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions for peace­ful, pros­per­ous com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion liv­ing

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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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My fa­ther, Mark Bo­gen, who wrote this column for sev­eral years, started the “New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions” column with the fol­low­ing tips for all in­volved in com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion liv­ing:

Af­ter writ­ing about Florida Condo/HOA Law for the past sev­eral years, my an­nual New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions to all unit own­ers, man­agers and board mem­bers is my fa­vorite column. Some­times Florida Condo and HOA Law and Chap­ter 718 or Chap­ter 720 of the Florida Statutes needs to be put aside for some com­mon sense [re]so­lu­tions. I hope you will agree with some of the fol­low­ing New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions:

For those board mem­bers and man­agers who spend their time look­ing for unit owner vi­o­la­tions – get a life. — Try say­ing thank you to those board mem­bers that vol­un­teer their time. — If you think things are so bad, vol­un­teer your time and help out. — Be­fore run­ning to a lawyer – try work­ing it out – it’s cheaper. — The man­age­ment com­pany takes di­rec­tion from the board, not own­ers. — To the one owner who al­ways has to speak at ev­ery meet­ing – please zip it. — To the board mem­ber who thinks he or she can do what­ever you want – vote him or her out. re­view it. — Rules and Gov­ern­ing Doc­u­ments are not meant to be bro­ken. — If you do not like fol­low­ing rules – do not live in an as­so­ci­a­tion. — If you do not like your fel­low neigh­bor or owner – can you pre­tend to? — To the ven­dors who want you to sign a con­tract im­me­di­ately – say good­bye. — To those who like loud mu­sic and T.V. – shut your win­dows and get head­phones. — To smok­ers who smoke in their units – shut your win­dows. — Be­fore you de­fame some­one – make sure you are pre­pared to be sued. — Don’t just ask a ven­dor for ref­er­ences – call some of them. — To the per­son who al­ways dis­rupts ameet­ing – give it a rest. — If you are speak­ing for more than 5min­utes – ask your­self if any­one cares. — To the “Condo Com­mando” – you need to be re­called – kicked off the board. — If you came to Florida to re­tire – try act­ing like it. — If an owner is vi­o­lat­ing the doc­u­ments – try first send­ing a nice let­ter rather than one from an at­tor­ney. — To those own­ers who think ev­ery­one on the board is get­ting a kick-back – just ad­mit it that you want a piece of the pie. — To the part time owner who thinks he or she can do what­ever they want – move back up north where you came from. — To the board mem­ber who will not let unit own­ers see the of­fi­cial records – sooner or later you will get caught. — To the board mem­ber who uses as­so­ci­a­tion money for their own per­sonal use – get used to liv­ing be­hind bars. — A man­ager works for the board not as your per­sonal slave. — When you are rudely com­plain­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion man­ager – do you know what he or she is think­ing about you while you are talk­ing? — Re­mem­ber, some­times the way you say it is more im­por­tant than what you say. Wish­ing you a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017!

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