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Fourth Quarter 2015

contact information P.O. Box 941125 Maitland, FL 32794 www.caicf.org exdir@caicf.org 407-850-0106

board of directors Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq., President Suzan Kearns, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, President-Elect John Dougherty, Vice President Gina Holbrook, CMCA, Secretary Bill Jackson, CPA, Treasurer Lou Biron Paul Melville Brian Peck Jamie Rodriguez Diane Rullo, PhD Matt Vice

a message from the President “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! “For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.” A song of togetherness and sad farewells. A song to ease the pain of parting loved ones and the hope we will see each other again. This New Year’s Eve we will sing Auld Lang Syne and recall days gone. The closing days of 2015 are on the horizon as well as my Presidency. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have served our Chapter. The first thing that comes to mind in this year end reflection is our members of this terrific organization. I have a special and unique appreciation for the 2015 Board and for the many, many volunteers who have made such a difference in the work accomplished this year. Please also accept my thanks for your smiles, hugs, support, words of wisdom, criticism, and more importantly…your friendship. I have to say, your friendship is what I treasure and appreciate the most. This time last year I was full go on my journey as your Chapter President. I vowed to make it my mission to ramp up our Chapter, ensure the doors were swung wide open and invite greater participation. Well, it has been quite a journey, and now, in my final President’s Message, I write you a very fond thank you and farewell. I wish our new President, Suzan Kearns, and all who will support her, much success. The coming year will see continued betterment, agreement, positivity and a passion to welcome new members and volunteers to share the excitement and fun that is our Chapter. Suzan and our new Board will continue to welcome new members and robust committee participation with open arms. A goal we set forth in my first President’s Message. Some of you might remember a time when I was new to the Chapter; it was a very different time then. I had to work relentlessly to get in the door, a door that took a grand beating from me until I met one member by the name of Gary Van der Laan. He stepped in to lend a hand, broke down a door or two and appointed me to a committee. I am still grateful to Gary for providing me the assistance I needed to be able to become an active member. It was a gesture I wanted to return to all our existing and new members – and one of the main reasons I ran for President. I am confident that no one else will ever face the battle I did to get in the CAI door.

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President’s message continued Gary Van der Laan, through CAI, holds the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designations, as well as being responsible for the sweeping changes in our Chapter, establishing an uncompromising mission to develop leadership through education. We’ve seen growth of our Chapter from 12 members to more than 525 businesses, volunteers leaders and dedicated professional licensed community association managers. I want to congratulate the new Board, Suzan Kearns, President; Gina Holbrook, President Elect; Paul Melville, Vice President; Brian Peck, Secretary; Bill Jackson, Treasurer; John Dougherty, Lou Biron, Matt Vice, Dr. Diane Rullo, Erik Whynot, and Chris Martinez. Congratulations to our Winter Gala Committee for creating a very successful first ever Chapter Gala with 212 attendees. This was a lovely way to wrap up the year. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially Gina Holbrook! The personally meaningful silent action held at the Gala went well. Stetson University College of Law appreciated the $7,500 donation made to the scholarship fund in my son, Bennett Garfinkel’s honor. I was deeply moved by the heartfelt effort. Thank you all.

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My official last thoughts end in a feeling on my part, of gratitude that we’ve accomplished so much together. Please know, as your President, every decision made, every action I took and every idea proposed, I tried to provide our Board and members the tools to develop a culture to build bridges within our Chapter. We have strong and respected committees, a welcoming environment, and increased membership. Our Chapter is now better than ever, a new kind of Board, more effective, full of enthusiasm, innovative ideas, a commitment to placing the Chapter first, and always focusing on our better future. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. Yours in friendship and community,

Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq. President, Community Association Institute Central Florida Chapter

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central florida chapter update 2016 calendar of events More details regarding upcoming events will be posted to caicf.org. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information!

• January 13th: Luncheon - “How to Make the Most of the Community Association Institute (CAI)”

• January 28th: Business Partner Roundtable • February 10th: Breakfast - “Legal Update” • February 25th: Winter Social

• June 2nd: Breakfast - “Accounting/Budgets” • July 14th: Meet the Managers • August 4th: Business Partner Roundtable • August 18th: Summer Social • September 1st: Luncheon - “Running Efficient

• March 10th: CA Day 2016 Tradeshow

Meetings and Election Processes”

• March 10th: Board Certification (at Tradeshow)

• September 16th: Manager Career Breakfast

• April 7th: Breakfast - “Disaster Preparedness”

• September (TBD): Board Certification or Training

• April 15th: Manager Career Breakfast

• October 6th: Breakfast - “Legal Panel”

• May 5th: Luncheon - Mock Board Meeting”

• October (TBD): Annual Golf Tournament

• May 5th: National Party

• November 3rd: Luncheon - “Conflict Resolution”

• May 19th: Spring Social

• December (TBD): Annual Meeting/Winter Gala

• May (TBD): Board Certification or Training

interested in getting more involved? join a caicf committee! If you are interested in getting more involved in the chapter, joining a committee is a great thing to consider. Below are the different committees that we currently have active. Please feel free to contact any of the following committees: CA Day/Tradeshow Committee Deborah Myers dmyers@sentrymgt.com Christy Borden christy@donasher.com Communications Committee Bianca Duffield bsd@associationfirm.com Education Committee Gary van der Laan gvanderlaan@lelandmanagement.com Phillip Masi pmasi@bborlando.com

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Golf Committee Scott Pollock spollock@sentrymgt.com Brian Peck bpeck@hoa-capital.com Legislative Committee Lou Biron lbiron@sihle.com

Meet the Managers Committee Suzan Kearns suzan.kearns@gmail.com

Membership Committee Paul Melville paulm@universalgc.com Mary Ann Sheriff msheriff@oldfnb.com Tom Harman tomh@vitalsecurity.com

Sunshine Foundation Committee Jamie Rodriguez rogjamie1@gmail.com

Social/Gala Committee Alan Garfinkel, Esq. agarfinkel@likeyourlawyer.com Gina Holbrook gina.holbrook@premiermgmtcfl.com


get the ball rolling with electronic voting SUBMITTED BY DARA L. LAHAV, ESQ., KATZMAN GARFINKEL

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lthough electronic voting for community associations was passed into Florida law in July, it is not as easy as clicking “send” in an email to cast your vote. Associations need to do a lot of work prior to the first electronic election. But once a functioning system is in place, electronic voting is a convenient way for owners to vote on association matters without having to be physically present. Electronic voting is beneficial in many ways. It allows owners to vote on association matters from the comfort of their own home, mobile device or office desk. Easier access to elections may increase participation. Electronic voting is particularly beneficial for owners who do not reside at a particular property. Some of these owners only live at a property part of the year and some may use the property strictly as a rental. In these cases, it makes it difficult for these owners to vote in person which can result in a lack of participation in the voting process. When owners don’t participate in the voting process, association boards often feel trapped. Boards may want to approve an action or change the governing documents but they simply can’t get a quorum. As a result, nothing gets done. This can be extremely frustrating for everyone involved. So how do you get owners to participate in elections so that improvements and changes can be made? Electronic voting may be the answer. But first, make sure your association takes the appropriate steps and follows all of the statutory requirements.

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Create a Resolution First the board of directors must create a resolution regarding online voting. The board must provide at least 14 days notice of a meeting to discuss the resolution for online voting. Evidence of the 14 day notice must be made by an affidavit executed by the person providing the notice. This affidavit must be filed with the official records of the association. See Fla. Stat.§720.317 (4)(2015).

Get Written Consent Once the resolution is passed, members must be given reasonable notice that he or she has the opportunity to participate in online voting. If a member wishes to vote electronically, he or she must consent in writing. A member’s consent to online voting is valid until the member opts out of online voting. The board must establish reasonable procedures and deadlines for members to consent and opt out of electronic voting. See Fla. Stat.§720.317 (4-5)(2015).

Follow the Statutory Voting System Requirements The electronic voting system must be consistent with the election and voting procedures found in the association’s bylaws. The voting system must authenticate each member’s identity. It must also authenticate the validity of each electronic vote to ensure that the vote was not altered in transit. It must transmit a receipt from the voting system to the online voter. The system must be


able to store and keep electronic ballots accessible to election officials for purposes of recounting, inspections and reviews. If the association’s bylaws require secret ballots for the election of directors, the voting system must permanently separate any authentication or identifying information from the ballot to a specific member to ensure that the votes remain anonymous. See Fla. Stat. §720.317 (1)(a-e)(2015).

Members and guests enjoying the November luncheon meeting on Access Control, Neighborhood Watch, and Holiday Dos and Don’ts at Dubsdread Country Club on Thursday, November 5th.

Additionally, each member must have a method to confirm that the member’s electronic device can successfully communicate with the online voting system. This confirmation must occur at least 14 days before the voting deadline to allow the opportunity to fix any technical difficulties. See Fla. Stat. §720.317 (2)(b)(2015). Since this law passed in July, there has been a surge of providers claiming they provide secure electronic voting that meet the statutory requirements. The truth is that this process is so new, issues may arise and it may take several tries before the process in your community is perfected. If you hire an online voting vendor, make sure they offer you the option of redoing your election at no cost in case the voting is deemed invalid due to issues such as a breach of anonymity or double balloting. Also be aware that the Division is in the process of, but has not yet completed administrative rules pertaining to electronic voting. Therefore, associations that adopt electronic voting prior to the Division establishing rules may be required to change their process. Consequently, it may be prudent for associations to obtain the consents needed, and wait until the Division has established rules before moving forward with electronic voting. Don’t be intimidated by electronic voting. Just be aware that creating a voting system that works for your community may take a while. Be patient and expect a few hiccups along the way.

Dara L. Lahav, Esq. is an Associate Attorney at Katzman Garfinkel and an Attorney Representative for the Community Advocacy Network (CAN). Learn more at www.likeyourlawyer.com and www.CANfl.com.

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CAI CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER PRESENTS

C A D AY T R A D E S H O W

Yo u Ar e N ot Alo ne MARCH 10, 2016

T HE HILTON ORLANDO 6001 DESTINATION PARKWAY, ORLANDO, FL 32819

EDUCATION 12-2PM

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TRADESHOW 2-6PM


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REGISTRATION

Sponsorship Discounts

REGULAR - 8x10

PREMIUM

PLATINUM

GOLD

SILVER

$750 - Members

$1,000 - 10x10 - Single

100% Discount

50% Discount

25% Discount

$1,200 - Non-Members

$2,000 - 16x10 - Double

on Regular Booth*

on Regular Booth

on Regular Booth

*or foursome at golf tournament


Sponsorships Items EXPLAINED PA PE R I TE M I N TOTE B AG

Keep the advertising going by placing a company give away in the Tradeshow tote bag that all attendees will receive.

M O N T H LY M E E T I N G AN N O U N CE M E N T O F CO M PAN Y’ S SP O N SO R SH I P

Your company will be recognized as one of the top sponsors of the 2016 CAI Tradeshow at each monthly CAI Meeting until the event. Attendees of these meetings are experienced in the industry and the gateway to your success.

EN T RY M A RQUEE S I GN AGE

This signage hedges the double sided conference entry doors. Size and location of your company logo are relative to your sponsorship level.

TOT E B AG - LO G O

S P O N S O RS H I P R EC OGN I TI ON AT B O OTH

Show that your company is committed to CAI and the Association Management industry. Your company will be provided with sponsorship recognition signage that can be displayed at your booth for all attendees to see.

H I G HL I G H T ED I N D I R EC TORY AS A S PO NS OR

Tote bags of nearly 1,000 will be handed out as attendees enter the show. The Masters of the Universe will have their large logo placed on one side and the Galactic Defenders will share space on the other side.

AD I N T R AD E SH OW P R O G RA M

Every attendee at the Tradeshow will be given a program that includes a map with booth locations and Tradeshow accommodations. You will stand out from the pack with an advertisement (1/4 page up to a full page) depending on your sponsorship level.

As a sponsor, the attention of nearly 1,000 attendees will be drawn to your company name every time they look in the Tradeshow Program.

T R AD E SH OW B O OT H

LO G O O N TR A D ES H OW MA P

Why not stand out from the rest of the pack! The top Tradeshow sponsors will receive their company name, logo, and highlighted booth location on the Tradeshow map which will be used by attendees.

ONLY APPLICABLE TO THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE SPONSORSHIP. A regular booth is included with the sponsorship package, a value of $700. This does not include upgraded or premium booths. If you want a premium or upgraded booth, just pay the difference.

NOTE: Master of the Universe and Galactic Defender sponsorships are not available for management companies.


Sponsorships

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

GALACTIC DEFENDER

ZERO GRAVITY HERO

Logo & Company Name on Entry Marquee

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Medium

Medium

Ad in Tradeshow Program

Full Page

1/2 Page

1/4 Page

Logo on Tradeshow Map

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Logo & Company Name on Website

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Logo & Company Name on Quarterly Newsletter

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Paper Item in Attendee Tote Bags

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Themed Sponsorship Recognition at Booth *Includes Specialty Name Badges Highlighted in Directory as a Sponsor Monthly Meeting Announcement of Sponsorship Logo on Attendee Tote Bags Admission into VIP Happy Hour (board member only) *Only 10 Spots Available Includes Speech

Booth at 1 Monthly Meeting Regular Tradeshow Booth 1st Choice of Booth Location & Surrounding Exhibitors (Adjacent Companies)

$4,500 (x1)

P R I C I N G & AVAILA BILITY

$2,000 (x4)

$750 (x12)

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M A N AG E R A R EA

EN T RY/H A LLWAY

C LA S S R O O M

$4,000 - x1

$4,000 - x1

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$500 - x1

“Mission Control”

“Area 51”

S ECU R I T Y S P O N S O R

Supplies 6 security officers x1

“Stargate”

Sponsor

PH OTOG RA PH Y SPON S O R

Supplies Professional Photographer & Print Services


mold awareness SUBMITTED BY HEATHER ROEMBKE, ESQ., ANGIUS & TERRY LLP

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he problems with mold have become so significant that September was declared National Indoor Mold Awareness Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are approximately 1,000 species of mold that can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide. As long as moisture and oxygen are present, mold can grow indoors or outdoors on virtually any organic substance, including: wood, paper, carpet, insulation and food. Left untreated, mold gradually destroys the material on which it is growing. More importantly, mold releases chemicals that can cause strong allergic reactions in humans--making them feel sick—sometimes dangerously so.

during humid months and utilize exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen.

Warm and humid weather provide excellent conditions for mold to grow if a builder has constructed a house or condominium without taking appropriate steps to prevent rain from getting inside the house or condominium. The major causes of mold problems in Florida include, but are not limited to: high humidity, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, internal air-conditioning leaks, and ground water wicking up through concrete floors. As we enter the fall, it is important to ensure your home can stand up to moisture intrusion that can lead to mold problems.

A question often asked by homeowners is, will mold make me sick? According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold growth in water-damaged homes and office buildings can create a potential health hazard for individuals sensitive to mold. While most molds pose no threat to humans, the CDC warns that certain molds can produce hay fever-like allergic symptoms (such as eye irritation, skin rash and nasal congestion). The presence of mold can also exacerbate existing conditions, such as asthma. However, not all molds cause these reactions and not all people are allergic to molds.

Moisture control is key—mold cannot grow without it. To assist in controlling moisture, try to keep the humidity in your home under control. The ideal humidity for a home should measure between 30 and 60 percent. Additionally, you can control moisture by using an air conditioner and/or dehumidifier in damp spaces 12

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Another situation homeowners often face are leaks in the home (ceiling, roof, plumbing, etc.). The first sign of mold, due to leaks, may be musty odors in the vicinity of the leak. Do not sniff for mold or touch mold. According to the EPA, the only way to prevent mold growth is to find and correct water damage and leaks. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours. Additionally, check for leaky roofs, foundations, faucets and pipes, ensuring these areas are not accumulating extra moisture.

If you believe you are ill because of exposure to mold, you should first consult your health care provider to determine the appropriate action to take to protect your health. Your next step


mold awareness continued should be to consult with a construction professional to determine the source of the water. If your home is less than 10 years old, you may also want to consider consulting with an attorney with experience handling construction defects to determine if the builder is responsible for correcting the source of water in your home.

Interesting facts about mold: 1.

Mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours, therefore, it is important to act fast to help prevent mold from growing and spreading.

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One common antibiotic is actually a purified mold – penicillium notatum, or penicillin.

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Your homeowner insurance may specifically exclude coverage for damage directly related to mold.

4. Mold destroys more wood each year than all the fires, floods, and termites combined. 5.

Mildew is mold…many people think they are two very different things but they are not.

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Mold does not need light to grow, which is why it is common to find mold in the dark, poorly lit areas of the home.

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Mold spores, whether dead or alive, can cause adverse health effects.

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Mold can be many colors including black, white, blue, green, white, yellow, and pink.

What should you do if you suspect mold is a problem in your home? If mold is a problem in your home, the mold must be cleaned up and the source of the water isolated and repaired. Likely, this will require consultation with an experienced construction professional.

You can wash mold off hard surfaces with bleach and water. However, mold on soft surfaces such as wallboard, curtains, furniture cushions, clothing and carpeting must be professionally treated or, in many cases, must be removed and destroyed. You should contact a certified mold inspector if you suspect mold. Remediation professionals are specifically trained to isolate and treat mold-affected areas in ways that avoid contaminating the entire living space. For more information on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth, download the Environmental Protection Agency’s free publication, A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home at www.epa.gov/mold/ pdfs/moldguide.pdf. You can get more information on mold by accessing the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov. Also, the Florida Department of Health Indoor Air Program helps with mold issues by providing technical assistance and advice to the public, County Health Departments, School Districts and others and distributing current information and other resources on mold and moisture control. The Florida Department of Health does not provide mold testing services.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any mold related disease or take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician, nor is it intended to serve as legal counsel. Heather Roembke is an attorney at Angius & Terry LLP. For more information, call 407-624-3070 or visit www.angius-terry.com.

LOOKING FOR A SERVICE PROVIDER? CAI Central Florida has a list of great service providers in most every industry a Community Association could need! The best part is, they are members! Check it out at: caicf.org/directory!

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welcome new members! BUSINESS PARTNERS

MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

Dora Landscaping Company Mr. Hank Olyer

Ne-An Services, Inc. Mrs. Anita Bailey

Excelsior Defense, Inc. Mr. Joshua Morris Jordan-gant

World of Homes Mr. Jose Ramon Riestra

Image Graphics Mrs. Jean E. Horning

MANAGERS

Law Offices of John L. DiMasi, P.A. Mr. John DiMasi Liberty Seal Coat Ltd. Co. Mr. Derek Hill

Mrs. Jennifer S. Cain, CMCA Ms. Jennifer Alicia Gotlewski Mr. Louis F Kauffmann

Marksman Security Corporation Mr. Shezad A. Moten SwimKids USA Mrs. Kimberly Albert The Woodard Law Firm, PLLC Ms. Shantel Woodard

MULTI-CHAPTER BUSINESS PARTNERS All County Paving Ms. Dawn Miller Ball Janik, LLP Mr. Phillip E. Joseph

Ms. Laura M Byrnes Associa Gulf Coast-St. Petersburg Ms. Shanicka Bishop Community Management Professionals Mr. Hector Hernandez Community Management Professionals

Lake & Wetland Management, Inc. Mr. Chad Bass LM Funding, LLC Mr. John Telfer U.S. Security Associates, Inc. Ms. Teri Salvador

Mrs. Kelly Latham Evergreen Lifestyles Management Ms. Carole M. Hammond FirstService Residential Mrs. Floridalma Barahona Kings Ridge Community Association Mrs. Heather Gambini Leland Management, Inc. Mr. Tracey Hylands Leland Management, Inc. Mr. Neil Bailey Ne-An Services, Inc. Mrs. Ashley N Montante Towers Property Management, Inc.

Mr. Matthew Kahn Community Management Professionals

MULTI-CHAPTER MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Ms. Mariluz Matias Community Management Professionals

KW Property Management and Consulting Ms. Sandra H. Bennett

Mr. Brian Sanders Community Management Professionals

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

Ms. Cathy Slee Community Management Professionals

KWA Engineers, LLC Ms. Linda M. Cavalieri

Ms. Laurel Tyler Elliott Merrill Community Management

Ms. Gabriela Unzaga Community Management Professionals Mr. Robert Mullett Elliott Merrill Community Management Mr. Kevin Serdynski Elliott Merrill Community Management

Ronald W. Parker Mrs. Betty Gomez Chapin Station Homeowners Association Mr. Chris Martinez Chapin Station Homeowners Association Mr. Manihong Phanouvang Chapin Station Homeowners Association

BECOME A MEDALLION MEMBER IN 2016! It’s time again to renew/purchase your Medallion Memberships. We have an even better year planned for 2016, so don’t delay. Do not miss out on the opportunity to put your company’s name in front of thousands of community association decision makers. Place your order by filling out the registration form online and either pay online (caicf.org) with a major credit card or request an invoice. Call the Executive Director for more information at 407-850-0106. A current CAI Membership is required for Medallion Membership.

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CAI CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS In addition to the many perks associated with a National CAI Membership, your local Central Florida Chapter offers even more value and engagement to its members:

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COMMUNITY MANAGERS

If three members from the same board join the chapter, your first year of membership dues are FREE

CAICF will pay for HALF of your manager tuition fees for required education credits

MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

BUSINESS PARTNERS

Company recognition & networking Maximize business brand opportunities with current & recognition & enjoy exclusive potential clients, as well as face-to-face networking industry-specific business partners opportunities with potential clients

LOCAL CHAPTER EDUCATION AND NETWORKING EVENTS Quarterly Board Certification classes CEU credit hours at specified luncheon events Participation opportunity at the Annual Golf Outing Invitation to the Summer Social & 2015 Holiday Awards Gala Admission and exclusive perks at one of the best community association tradeshows in Central Florida

Opportunity to attend and speak at panels, Q&A sessions, education classes, and Business Roundtable events Participation & sponsorship opportunities at the Annual Golf Outing Invitation to the Summer Social & 2015 Holiday Awards Gala Admission, exclusive booth vendor pricing, and sponsorship opportunities at one of the best community association tradeshows in Central Florida

Professional Designations & Certifications Local Professional Management Development Program Classes Quarterly Board Certification classes CEU credit hours at specified luncheon events

ACCESS TO SPECIALIZED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SERVICE PROVIDERS Online service directory Personal interaction at monthly events Panels and Q&A sessions

SPONSORSHIP & MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES In addition to brand recognition, sponsors enjoy benefits like a free booth at the trade show, advertising opportunities, first consideration at speaking events, discounted pricing for future sponsorships and events & advertising on the chapter website Inclusion in the Service Directory

INCLUSION IN ONE OF THE LARGEST CHAPTERS IN THE US ENCOMPASSING OVER 7,500 HOA & CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS IN MARION, VOLUSIA, SEMINOLE, ORANGE, BREVARD, OSCEOLA, POLK, LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES!

Interested in joining the CAI Central Florida Chapter? For assistance or more information, reach out to the Executive Director by calling 407-850-0106 or e-mailing at exdir@caicf.org. To join now, visit www.caionline.org for membership categories and dues. Prior to joining online you will be prompted to log in or create an account. Membership dues are non-refundable. 18

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Winter Gala p a c e R

Holiday cheer was had by all at the CAI Winter Gala on December 10th at the Westin in Lake Mary. We had a near record attendance with almost 170 members and “plus ones,� all decked out in their finery. Almost $7,000 was raised by the silent auction and monetary donations for the Bennett Garfinkel Stetson Scholarship Fund. We would like to welcome our incoming board members: Mr. Erik Whynot, Mr. Chris Martinez, and the re-elected Mr. John Dougherty. Thank you for your service and leadership to our out-going board members, Mr. Alan Garfinkel and Mrs. Jamie Rodriguez. Also a big welcome to our new incoming President Mrs. Suzan Kearns.

We have a big year coming in 2016 with the National Conference coming in May. As a chapter we will host the best party on Cinco de Mayo at the new Madame Tussauds. Local members will receive a special reduced ticket price. See you then muchachos!


termination of rental agreement upon foreclosure SUBMITTED BY JOHN L. DI MASI, ESQ. & MEAGEN V. MANN, ESQ.

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2009, Congress passed the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which provided safeguards to tenants in foreclosed properties. This Act expired at the end of 2014, but the Florida Legislature has enacted a new statutory provision that carries on similar requirements. On July 1, 2015, Section 83.561, Florida Statutes, “Termination of Rental Agreement Upon Foreclosure” became effective. This new statute explains the procedures for removing tenants from a foreclosed property. It is important for Homeowner Associations and Condominium Associations to be aware of these requirements as they often take title to properties at the conclusion of their lien foreclosure actions. If the association takes title to a property and there are tenants residing in the property the association must follow the requirements set forth in Section 83.561. The first requirement is that the tenant be given a 30-day “Notice of Termination.” This form letter notifies the tenant that their rental agreement has been terminated and that they have 30 days to vacate the premises. If the tenant does not vacate the property within this 30-day period, the association can request that the court award a Writ of Possession and have the tenants forcibly removed from the property by the Sheriff. 20

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In Section 83.561 not every tenant is granted the protection of this statute. The requirements in Section 83.561 do not apply to: 1) a tenant who is the child, spouse or parent of the previous homeowner, 2) a tenant whose rental agreement was not an arm’s length transaction, and 3) a tenant whose rental agreement allows for rent that is substantially less than fair market rent, unless it is subsidized by a government agency. Every declaration is different and each community requires a specialized review and determination of whether, and how, a rental review process should be implemented. As such, no information in this article should be acted upon without first receiving professional legal advice.

This article was prepared by John L. Di Masi and Meagen V. Mann of the Law Offices of John L. Di Masi, P.A. The Law Offices of John L. Di Masi has practiced in the area of community association law in the Central Florida area since 2000.


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