About ROB SAMOUCE
BiographyRob Samouce, a principal attorney in the Naples law firm of Samouce, Murrell, & Gal, P.A., concentrates his practice in the areas of community associations including condominium, cooperative and homeowners= associations, real estate transactions, closings and related mortgage law, general business law, estate planning, construction defect litigation and general civil litigation. His column is not based on specific legal advice to anyone and is based on principles subject to change from time to time. Those persons interested in specific legal advice on topics discussed in Rob's column should consult competent legal counsel.
- Columnist - Real Estate
01/06/2008 - current
Rob Samouce: Can associations pass rules to prohibit smoking in common areas?
Published 12/01/2013 at 4 a.m.
Condominium associations ask us again and again whether they can pass a rule or regulation to prohibit smoking either in the units, on the limited common element unit lanais or on the general common elements. With less and less smokers ...
Rob Samouce: 2013 legislation to speed up mortgage foreclosure
Published 10/06/2013 at 4 a.m.
House Bill 87, sponsored by our local state representative Kathleen Passidomo, was signed by the governor and became law on June 7, 2013. This bill provides several changes related to mortgage foreclosures. Most importantly, it provides a mechanism for community ...
Rob Samouce: New 2013 legislation affecting condominium associations
Published 07/07/2013 at 4 a.m.
An extensive 74-page bill affecting condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ associations passed the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee and was signed by the Governor on June 14. House Bill 73 provides the following noted changes to Chapters 718, 719 and 720 ...
Rob Samouce: Building character can change when tenants transform into guests
Published 06/02/2013 at 4:11 p.m.
Each season many condominiums in this area receive a great influx of guests and short-term tenants when unit owners are away. Some owners, who also have homes up north, out west or across the pond, like to let their good ...
Rob Samouce: Do not rely on your manager for legal advice
Published 04/07/2013 at 4 a.m.
Sometimes we find officers or directors of condominium and homeowners’ associations trying to rely on their manager or their management company for legal advice.
Rob Samouce: To foreclose or not to foreclose? That is the question for many condominium associations
Published 03/03/2013 at 4 a.m.
A new appellate court case out of the other coast of Florida calls for us to revisit the issue of whether a condominium association should foreclose on a delinquent unit owner when the owner is also delinquent on his first ...
Rob Samouce: Dealing with libel and slanderous statements from community members
Published 01/06/2013 at 4 a.m.
In many condominium and homeowners' associations, directors and officers get no respect. Besides the fact that these community volunteers do not get paid whatsoever for the great amount of time that they donate to make their community a better place ...
It is time for most to approve condo association budgets for 2013
Published 12/02/2012 at 4 a.m.
For those condominium associations operating on a calendar fiscal year, this is the time for the board of directors to have prepared and to approve next year's 2013 annual budget. Pursuant to Section 718.112(2)(e), Florida Statutes, at least 14 days ...
Rob Samouce: Association member not voting should not be counted as 'no' vote
Published 11/04/2012 at 3 a.m.
Well, Election Day is almost upon us, so I thought this would be a good time to review voting requirements for amendments to a condominium or homeowners' associations (community associations) governing documents.
Rob Samouce: Some new association boards will use the off season to nix the old and bring in the new
Published 10/07/2012 at 4 a.m.
Most condominium and homeowner's associations annual meetings that are held during "season" in the first quarter of each year are uneventful when it comes to election of new boards. This is because usually just enough members can be found who ...
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