About RICHARD WHITE
BiographyRichard White is a licensed community association manager in Florida. Questions should be mailed to him at 6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd. # 201, Winter Haven, Fl. 33884-4415; e-mail CAMquestion@cfl.rr.com. To be considered, questions and comments should include the author’s name and city. Questions should be about association operations, not legal matters.
- Columnist - Real Estate
12/23/2007 - current
Richard White: What types of personnel matters would be discussed in closed meetings?
Published 03/09/2014 at 5 a.m.
Q. Our new board is doing great and our meetings are more open. In fact, our board has asked that all HOA board committees be open also except for legal and personnel discussions. I understand personnel problems or issues on ...
Richard White: What is the definition of controlled access?
Published 02/23/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. I live in a gated community and often hear the term “controlled access.” Although I have researched this term, I cannot seem to find an accurate and appropriate definition. Can you help? Secondly and along those lines, if a ...
Richard White: Can homeowners in a small HOA dissolve the association?
Published 02/16/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. I live in a small HOA. The board has refused to enforce deed restrictions which do not suit them. Board and committee activity is held in secret. They consider violations by board members and their friends acceptable. It seems, ...
Richard White: Liens should be filed for nonpayment of fees, not fines
Published 02/09/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. You answered a question concerning where your answer was to lien the property for nonpayment of fees. I live in a homeowners association (HOA) where the board does not feel they have the power to lien for unpaid fees ...
Richard White: Can associations ban drying of clothes on balconies?
Published 01/26/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. Can the condominium association ban drying of clothes on a rack on our balconies? Our documents say no clothing, bedding, towels or similar, should be air dried on any outdoor area including the documents.
Richard White: Can the board buy, sell or rent a property without member approval?
Published 01/19/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. In my subdivision, each lot is privately owned, and we have a seven-member board of directors. When a homeowner stopped paying his assessments, our board put a lien on his property. He eventually abandoned the home and it went ...
Richard White: Who is responsible for maintaining my home's exterior?
Published 01/12/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. My homeowner association documents state that the association shall at all times maintain the exterior surfaces of the dwellings and other improvements as originally constructed by the developer. The documents also say that each owner is responsible for the ...
Richard White: What can I do to get a response from our board?
Published 01/05/2014 at 4 a.m.
Q. Recently our newly-elected board made changes costing the association a substantial amount of money. The new board has refused to give unit owners their email address or any means to contact the directors except by mail. As a result, ...
Richard White: Who is responsible for replacing front doors in a condominium?
Published 12/29/2013 at 4 a.m.
Q. Who is responsible for replacing or repairing front doors in a Florida condominium? I am hoping that you can shed some light on this issue. For years there was no mold/mildew buildup on my front door and then the ...
Richard White: Is is legal for a nonboard member to perform board duties?
Published 12/22/2013 at 4 a.m.
Q. Our HOA has the usual set of officers as required by the bylaws: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. My question is referencing the treasurer and the fact that his wife (a nonboard member) is the one who does ...
Richard White: How should a request for a bench in a common area be handled?
Published 03/10/2013 at 5 a.m.
Q. My mother fell on the wet walk on the top floor near her unit just after it was pressure washed. While she did not suffer any broken bones, she was required to have physical therapy to help gain strength. ...
Richard White: Is is legal for a member to tape record board meetings?
Published 12/16/2012 at 4 a.m.
Q. Our HOA bylaws contain the unusual provision allowing tape recording or videotaping our board meetings. One of our members started to videotape our meetings and posted these on his public blog. Since our meetings discuss bids, contracts, budget and ...
Richard White: Is assistance available for owners when only partial reimbursements of fees from banks is received?
Published 12/09/2012 at 4 a.m.
Q. As you know, owners in HOAs and condominium associations are suffering from the unpaid monthly fees from foreclosed and bankrupt units. Six or eight years ago, when one of our units was in foreclosure, the case moved rapidly, the ...
Richard White: What should the waiting period be before owners can rent their unit?
Published 12/02/2012 at 4 a.m.
Q. I live in a condominium village where our property values have gone in the Dumpster mostly because of the poor housing market. I think we helped by our recent vote. Our documents required a one-year waiting period before new ...
Richard White: Is establishing a fund to cover our association's insurance deductible a good idea?
Published 11/25/2012 at 4 a.m.
Q. The president wants to establish, as part of our reserves, a fund to cover the deductible on our insurance. I am opposed to this fund and ask the manager if it is common in other condominiums. She said it ...
Duties of association are found in documents
Published 01/02/2010 at 6 a.m.
Duties of association are found in documents
Condominium statute sets limits for 2 parts of members' meeting
Published 07/04/2009 at 6 a.m.
Condo statute sets limits for the election and business to be conducted at members' meeting.
Boards should never support religious or charitable groups
Published 05/30/2009 at 6 a.m.
Richard White column for May 31, 2009.
Certified service dog allowed in condominium
Published 05/08/2008 at 11:02 p.m.
Q. I am a disabled senior citizen having to rely upon a service dog. The dog is a certified service dog prescribed by a doctor for hearing assistance as well as companionship relative to my sickness. I have all the ...
Only unit owners allowed to cast vote on ballot
Published 05/03/2008 at 2:56 p.m.
Q. Our condominium president, who is currently up for a vote and on the ballot, is asking other unit owners for their individual ballots slips and saying he will fill it in for them as a favor. If he is ...
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