FL DBPR investigating one of its former condo regulators

Legal gavel lawsuit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Edited August 19, 2018 6:53 AM  Reports of corruption involving condo and homeowners’ associations have become so common, I usually group several articles in a monthly “roundup” post. But today’s post involves corruption so outrageous, it needs to be highlighted. According to an exclusive investigative report by Bob Norman, Local 10 News, a former Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) financial examiner, Eduardo Quin Iglesias, is being sued Continue ReadingFL DBPR investigating one of its former condo regulators

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FL Developer ordered to turn over control of HOA to homeowners

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

Benderson Development Company has controlled Kings Gate HOA for nearly 20 years.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) recently ruled that the developer of Kings Gate subdivision, Victoria Estates Ltd. (Declarant), must hand off control of the homeowners’ association to members. Victoria Estates Limited is owned by Benderson Development Company. As previously reported, Kings Gate was established in 1998, and the developer has maintained control Continue ReadingFL Developer ordered to turn over control of HOA to homeowners

Legislative Highlights (Feb 2018) (Florida)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Several bills have been proposed in the Sunshine State, and some of them are gaining traction in the Legislature (noted as Active), while others are not (noted as inactive) as of the date this post.   HB 377 (FL) (Inactive) This bill would amend the Homeowners Association Act (FL 720). It features several consumer-friendly provisions include prohibiting the HOA from legal representation by the same attorney that represents Continue ReadingLegislative Highlights (Feb 2018) (Florida)

Poinciana HOA update: homeowners’ group gains one new seat on Master Association board

Judge also OKs homeowners’ 4th amended complaint, so legal challenge can proceed By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: The Ledger reports that Friends of Poinciana Villages member Victor Destremps ran unopposed in Village 5 for the 2018 election cycle. Destremps was then appointed by the board of Village 5 to serve on the master HOA board, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). With the election and appointment of Destrempts, there are now two homeonwers Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: homeowners’ group gains one new seat on Master Association board