The Sunshine State is known for its warm weather, sandy beaches, and majestic coastal waters. It also known for its community living style. Florida is the national leader in the number of condominiums and homeowner associations. Being that Florida condominium and homeowner associations are similar in nature to a governmental body, Florida has specific laws that govern how condominium and homeowner associations are to conduct themselves. Chapter 718 regulates the operations of condominiums, while Chapter 720 does the same for homeowner associations. Florida condominium law and Florida HOA law require that the owners elect a board of directors. The board is authorized to make decisions that are in the best interests of the association and its owners. The board appoints its officers such as a president and treasurer who are responsible for the day-to-day functions of the association. Should the individual board members deliberately make choices that are detrimental to Florida condo law and HOA law, then those board members may be held personally liable.
Many board members who are not versed in Florida condominium law and Florida HOA law heavily rely on their legal counsel to guide them through the maze of laws and regulations that govern community living. Jonathan R. Rubin has represented condominium and homeowner associations since 1989. His firm, Jonathan R. Rubin, P.A., has assisted South Florida based condominium and homeowner associations conduct their annual elections, amend their Declarations of Condominium, Restrictions, By-Laws, and Rules, prepare and review contracts with vendors and provide general advice and counsel to its various condominium and homeowner association clients.