Friday, March 20, 2009

Quoted in HOA Leader/sex offenders and how to deal with them

This is a post from the HOA Leader:

Does Your HOA Have a Policy About Sex Offenders? Should It?


The issues surrounding sex offenders moving into a community are
always difficult. Fear and emotion understandably run high.

How can you help your homeowners association deal with this
challenging issue? Should you create a policy? If so, what should
it say? What can a policy do?

This is another area where state laws vary, so you should start
by determining what your state's rules are. Some states allow
HOAs to create restrictions. Florida, for example, is one of them.

Bob Tankel, principal at the law firm of Robert L. Tankel P.A. in
Dunedin, Fla., told us that if an association in Florida wants to
keep anyone who has been convicted of a crime and has served his or
her time out of the association, "it has to be voted on by the
members and in the governing documents. I strongly urge that
associations consider a document amendment to deal with the issue."

"If it's not in your governing documents," adds Tankel, "work
with legal counsel and local law enforcement to determine the
best route of notification, if any. There's no standard protocol
for what to do about sexual predators or offenders within a
community association. It's not defamation to tell people that
someone is a convicted criminal, but it may be beyond the
association's jurisdiction."

Get more info--including 5 tips for protecting your homeowner
association residents from a sex offender--in our new article
(free access):

Best regards,
Matt Humphrey

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Here's Your Sign...

Bill Engvall one of the Redneck Comics has a routine that goes like this:

Stupid people should have to wear signs that just say, "I'm Stupid"

That way you wouldn't rely on them, would you? You wouldn't ask them anything. It would be like, "Excuse me...oops, never mind. I didn't see your sign." ...

This was received today from a person who has a license from the State of Florida to engage in managing condominium associations....

Would it be wrong of me to assume that the Bank Washington Mutual that took title of Unit A-2 1997 Main street. will be paying the assessment from here on out until the sale of the unit?
A licensed manager, LCAM

Here's YOUR sign......

Friday, March 13, 2009

Proposed Texas constitutional amendment would prohibit HOA foreclosures

This has to be be the most stupid idea in the world; let people who pay for their assessments, and on time, suffer for the people who don't pay. The legislator has apparently never met anybody who operates a community association. If this was ever enacted in Florida, you might as well turn out the lights and throw away the keys....

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It could be worse, I guess.

Was it Randy Newman who sang of Cleveland, a la Paris, City of Lights, City of magic?  Ahhh yes it was.

I came across this article and wondered if it is the tale of Lehigh Acres in a year or two, maybe Miami.....

I guess things could be worse, read it and weep for the people of Cleveland.....