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: 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 ...
Rob Samouce: Preventing bad characters from moving into your condo or neighborhood
Published 09/02/2012 at 4 a.m.
It is happening more and more with the continued slow economic recovery and great number of foreclosures and upside down homeowners. Some of these owners have stopped paying their mortgages, stopped paying their condominium or homeowner association assessments and are ...
Rob Samouce: Short sales to the rescue in foreclosure glut
Published 08/05/2012 at 4 a.m.
Many are well aware of the glut of condominium and home foreclosures wallowing away in the courts along with the large number of delinquent mortgages where the banks haven't even started the foreclosure process.
Rob Samouce: Members' right to speak at association meetings and request
Published 06/03/2012 at 4 a.m.
At some condominium and homeowners' association meetings, there are a few members who want to talk and talk and ask tons of questions to the point of taking over the meeting. Some associations also have to endure the wrath of ...
Rob Samouce: Residents living in low-rise condominiums may be overpaying for county water
Published 05/06/2012 at 4 a.m.
It has recently been discovered in the case of at least one low-rise condominium complex in Collier County that the condominium association operating the complex has been greatly overpaying for the water usage in the condominium over the past seven ...
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