Real Estate

Condominium, Cooperative & Homeowner Association Law

Navigating the ever-changing laws regarding condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations is often a challenging and daunting experience for the Board of Directors. Our attorneys and staff are extremely educated and informed in the details of Chapters 718, 719 and 720 Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code. We have decades of experience relating to the development, implementation and operation of these laws on behalf of our clients.

Our experience covers the wide range of legal services, including:

  • Overall association representation
  • Board governance
  • Amendments to association documents
  • Collection of assessments
  • Lien foreclosures
  • Civil litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes
  • Developer/turnover issues
  • Elections/annual meeting assistance
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Construction Litigation

We work with our clients closely to avoid surprises and proactively communicate any changes to the law that will affect the association. We are relied upon by our existing clients because we achieve their goals effectively. In building new client relationships, we meet with the Board of Directors to discuss their goals and budget. Much can be achieved by assisting Boards and management early in the process to avoid protracted litigation.

We represent in excess of one hundred associations and have successfully addressed, resolved or litigated a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Collection of unpaid assessments
  • Lien and foreclosures
  • Structural and contractual warranty claims
  • Governance disputes
  • Director fiduciary duty
  • Architectural control and rule enforcement matters
  • Telecommunications
  • Fair housing and discrimination issues
  • Contracting for association services
  • Insurance claims including those arising from hurricanes in 2004 and 2005
  • Employment law matters

Practice Chair, Chris Davies, was appointed to the Florida Condominium Study Commission by Governor Bob Martinez in 1990 and worked on the extensive revisions to the condominium laws. He has served as a member of the faculty of the University of Miami Law Center Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments, and is a former member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Board of Trustees and a past Chairman of its National Attorney’s Committee and Public Policy Committee.

Chris frequently lectures on critical issues involving condominium and homeowner association law. Chris is also a co-author of Florida Condominium Law & Practice, Second Edition. He is the Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Development Committee and is Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Real Property Section of The Florida Bar and the Collier County Bar Association. Chris is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law.