Lawyers Whining About Florida HOA Reform

Florida lawyers and HOA board members are in a snit because of a new state law designed to reign in dictatorial boards and embezzling board members.

The new law requires HOA boards to maintain records for seven years. It slashes the price HOAs can charge homeowners for copies of documents. HOA elections have to be fair and reasonable. Board members can no longer have those outrageous four hundred dollar apiece high-end meals they routinely force fellow homeowners to finance. But above all, board members have to have crime and fidelity insurance to prevent them from embezzling. And any board member charged with embezzling has to be immediately kicked off the board.
All common sense, right?

Well, the law will cut deeply into the fees that HOA lawyers hand off to all homeowners. 

(click here for an HOA lawyer’s blog)

 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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