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(Valuable insight from 2014)
By Barbara Billiot Stage
April 16, 2014
If I had to briefly describe Florida community associations (COAs, HOAs, Mobile Home Parks) I would sum it up to “abuse of power.”
A majority of the associations in the State of Florida abuse the power granted to them by the statutes and the governing documents (Declarations, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and Rules and Regulations) of the association. In the early to mid0-2000s, House Representative Julio Robaina, who was head of the House Select Committee on Condominium and HOA Reform set up town hall meetings all over the state to listen to the complaints by owners regarding their associations. Hundreds of people attended these town hall meetings and only one or two people ever spoke up to say they were happy with their association. As you can guess these one or two people were board members.
Don’t get me wrong; there are a number of good associations out there who do their job without abusing the owners. I know because the associations I represent operate their communities that way or I would not be representing them. Read more: