Authority to investigate homeowners’ associations? (10/17/2016)
Legal Q&A: Can HOA owners report their association to the state? Can condo directors accept restaurant gift cards? Can I sell my condo but keep the boat slip?
Real estate Q&A: Avoid remodeling horror stories (10/13/2016)
A homeowner plans to have a major remodeling project done on her house. What can she do to protect herself from potential legal problems?
Fla. Supreme Court: Insurer must foot legal fees (9/30/2016)
A property insurer denied a claim; the homeowner sued, got claim money but also wanted attorney’s fees paid. On Thur., the top Fla. court agreed with her, saying most homeowners couldn’t otherwise afford their day in court.
Can the condo board change common areas? (9/26/2016)
Legal Q&A: Is it lawful to amend bylaws by a majority vote to allow the board to approve material alterations to common areas that cost $10,000 or less?
Patent troll to stop seeking fees from RE Industry (9/19/2016)
In what NAR calls a major victory, Data Distribution Technologies – a so-called patent troll – agreed not to sue or threaten to sue Realtors, brokerages or MLSs.
City’s mistake costly for homeowner (9/8/2016)
Real estate Q&A: An owner pulled the right permits and got city approval to convert a garage years ago, but code enforcement now says it was illegal and must go.
Real estate Q&A: Condos can opt out of costly fire sprinklers (7/29/2016)
Real estate Q&A: State law requires condo associations to retrofit buildings with fire sprinklers, but they can opt out with a majority vote of the membership.
Legal decision: Only Realtors® can be called Realtors (7/26/2016)
A trademarked name such as “Realtor” can lose legal protection if a plaintiff successfully argues that it’s now a generic name – but that didn’t happen in a recent case as NAR successfully defended its trademarked name.
Commercial drone use set to take flight with release of FAA rule (6/22/2016)
Just-released FAA rules create a clearer way for real estate pros to use drones for commercial purposes - “a win for the industry,” says NAR Pres. Tom Salomone.
Unpaid HOA assessment can lead to foreclosure (6/9/2016)
Real estate Q&A: What can happen if several homeowners in an HOA don’t agree with a special assessment and refuse to pay it?
Building laws go into effect July 1 (6/7/2016)
Fla. bills effective July 1 revise some rules in Fla.’s building code, regulate private-residence elevators and authorize officials to create fumigation rules.
Supreme Court sides with owners in wetlands case (6/1/2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tue. that property owners can file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers if they disagree with its land-use decisions.
Landlord may be liable for damage but not hotel (5/26/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A water heater broke once and a technician says it needs replaced, but the landlord won’t do it. Does the renter have any protection?
A residential contract rider changing (11/22/2011)
Comprehensive Rider C (Seller Financing) to the Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase changes slightly on Nov. 29.
Florida Realtors adds or updates forms (3/16/2011)
Four are new; three are updated; one is DBPR, and all are now available through Form Simplicity and other vendors.