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“Hold Up: 5 Areas to Negotiate on Elevator Maintenance Contracts,” Community Association Management Insider

Properly operating elevators rank near the top of the most important — and most visible —equipment in a community association. Yet some communities sign standard service contracts without giving the terms much thought. “One of the biggest mistakes across the board with associations is not having a lawyer look over the elevator contracts,” says Jennifer […]

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Becker Welcomes Newest Client, Butterfly Network, a Digital Health Company Revolutionizing Medical Ultrasounds

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced its representation of new digital health client, the Butterfly Network. The firm will provide federal lobbying services in Washington, D.C, beginning August 1, 2021. Butterfly Network’s mission is to democratize access to medical imaging, enable high-quality care […]

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“Director Term Limit Law Development,” Naples Daily News

Q:     Have there been any developments regarding the term limit law for condominium directors?  In prior columns you mentioned that there was some confusion as to when it will impact existing director terms. H.H. A:     Yes, there is a recent development regarding this issue.  Condominium association term limits were first added to the statutes […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: July 19, 2021

THE HOUSE The House is prepared to vote on five appropriations “minibus” packages this week, including Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Homeland Security, Legislative Branch, and State and Foreign Operations. The remaining bills are set to be taken up next week, including Agriculture-FDA, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD. The House Oversight and […]

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“Maintenance of Structure Usually Association Responsibility,” News-Press

Q: The foundation under my condominium’s sliding glass door has heaved which prevents me from opening the doors. My condominium manager says that I am responsible for taking out the slider door frame and grinding down the foundation cement. Am I responsible? (P.D., via e-mail) A: This may be a symptom of a more significant […]

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Governor Ends COVID-19 State of Emergency – Opportunity to Extend Certain Permits Remains

Florida Governor DeSantis recently allowed Executive Order No. 20-52, which originally declared a State of Emergency for the entire State on March 9, 2020 in response to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, to expire after eight (8) extensions¹. Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: July 12, 2021

THE HOUSE The House is back in session following the July 4th recess. The House Appropriations Committee will mark up its Subcommittees’ budget proposals after each Subcommittee’s respective markup. Key subcommittee bills are Commerce, Justice, and Science; Energy and Water Development; Labor, HHS, and Education; and Transportation-HUD. The Energy and Water Subcommittee’s bill proposes spending […]

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Donna DiMaggio Berger Addresses Service Animal/ESA Challenge for Community Associations

Ensuring that a shared ownership community welcomes legitimate service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs) while protecting the group from fraudulent claims is one of the most complex issues facing volunteer boards today. Becker shareholder and executive director of the Community Association Legislative Lobby Donna DiMaggio Berger joins Sandra Gottlieb of Swedelson Gottlieb and Melissa […]

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Chris Berardini Joins Becker’s Federal Lobbying Team in Washington, D.C.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 12, 2021 — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, today announced that Chris Berardini has joined the firm as a Senior International and Government Relations Director in its Federal Lobbying practice based in Washington, D.C. He was most recently […]

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“Special Taxing Districts Explained,” News-Press

Q: What is an “MSTU”? My neighborhood association, which is voluntary, is considering getting one set up to maintain our roads. (P.K., via e-mail) A: Counties have the authority to create a special taxing district, known as a Municipal Service Taxing Unit, commonly called an “MSTU,” or a Municipal Service Benefit Unit, commonly called an […]

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