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LEGAL NEWS - DECEMBER 2006


FLORIDA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION NAMES JEFF ROGO AND GMS GROUP AS GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR       

The Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has retained Jeff Rogo and GMS Group to serve as FAA Government Affairs Directors, managing the government affairs activities of the FAA.  Jeff will be the primary governmental affairs contact for the FAA leadership and the association’s lobbyists in the Ronald L. Book firm. Jeff and GMS Group will be replacing Gary Scarboro, who has been named Executive Vice President of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando. Building upon the foundation laid by Gary Scarboro, this will be a great addition to the Florida Apartment Association and take the governmental activities of FAA to new heights.


Click here  for more information about this great addition to the Florida Apartment Association.

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KEEPING TENANT CONTACT INFORMATION UP TO DATE        

You try to contact your tenant to find out where the rent is, and you discover that the information in the application filled out 2 years ago is obsolete. There is no way to get in touch with the tenant. Surprised?  Florida is an extremely transient state, and this applies to jobs as well. A diligent property manager will periodically update all tenant contact information, phone numbers, employment numbers and emergency contacts. We recommend keeping a database of all email addresses; sending out a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter is not a bad idea either!

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WHEN TO CALL THE POLICE ON CHILDREN        

A child starts a fire in the playground, climbs on the roof, sprays graffiti in the laundry room, and hits another child. What do you do? Probably speak to the parents. If a 45-year old man did the same, you would be on the phone calling 911. Well that same child may eventually burn the place down or shoot a child in the eye with a BB gun. Now YOU were on notice, and YOU did not do anything earlier. Liability? You bet!! 

Click here to see how to handle children’s actions and the police.

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DOGS AND YOUR INSURANCE POLICY         

Will your insurance cover dog bites? Do not be surprised if it does not. Are dogs even allowed? Many insurance companies are now specifically excluding dog bite injuries from coverage in their liability policies, and the property owners are signing these exclusions without your knowledge. In the past, only the “dangerous dogs” were prohibited and/or excluded from coverage. Things are changing fast, as insurance companies are seeking to cancel Florida policies. Have you checked your policy recently?
 

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THE OCCUPANT IS UNAUTHORIZED BUT IS NOT CAUSING A PROBLEM

You and your staff knows that a tenant has an unauthorized occupant living in the unit, but you choose to overlook the situation. The rent is always paid on time, they are quiet, and there never seems to be a problem. All of a sudden, another tenant is raped on the property by the unauthorized occupant. Liability on the part of management?  Yes, and possibly huge.

Click here to see some of the unintended consequences of not taking action against the “unauthorized occupant”.

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THE FAIR HOUSING CORNER - RETALIATION IS PROHIBITED”                   By Cathy L. Lucrezi, Attorney at Law

You may be mad as heck that the tenant said you discriminated against her, but don’t act on that anger.  The Fair Housing Act protects a tenant from acts of retaliation.  The landlord may not “get back” at a tenant just because the tenant asserted her rights to fair housing.  Doing so means the landlord can be liable for damages.

Click here to see how reacting in anger can exacerbate a discrimination complaint.
 

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INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE MONTH - Gary Scarboro –Apartment Association of Greater Orlando Executive Vice President

Big news out of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando!

Laura Yoder, the executive vice president of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO) who has exceptionally managed AAGO since 1988 has announced her retirement, and the AAGO board has selected Gary Scarboro as the new EVP of the largest apartment association in Florida. Gary was formerly AAGO Education Director and FAA Governmental Affairs Director. This move will greatly benefit AAGO and its members.

 

Click here for the AAGO press release!

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FARPM NEWS AND EVENTS

The Florida Association of Residential Property Managers is pleased to announce it's 10th Annual Convention for Residential Property Managers, May 22 through May 24, 2007 at Hawks Cay Resort, www.hawkscay.com , in the Florida Keys. For more information on the FARPM Property Managers Convention, Legislative Days or joining FARPM, click here.

 

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May this Holiday Season bring you success, good times and happiness!!


Law Offices of Heist, Weisse & Lucrezi, P.A.

 

January
Legal Holiday Alert

Do not forget to exclude these Legal Holidays when preparing your Three Day Notices in January 2007!

 1, 2 - New Year's Day
15 - Martin Luther King Day

* Note: Some of the above dates may not be Legal Holidays in your county, but we recommend excluding them anyway.

 

In this issue:

FAA - Jeff Rogo

Tenant Information

When to Call the
Police on Children

Dogs and Insurance

Unauthorized Occupant

Fair Housing Corner

Industry Leader of the Month

FARPM News and Events

 
 
 

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