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Did you know that there are about 60,000 community associations in Florida?

The Ertl & Kistemaker Business Law Group serves the needs of real estate developers, construction companies, realtors, condominium associations, homeowner's associations, landlords, and tenants. We provide comprehensive legal advice.

Find out what Ertl & Kistemaker Business Law Group can do for you or your group by calling 386-310-7997 or
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New iPhone App for Condo and HOA

No need to wonder whether the next person pontificating at your meeting is correct. Whip out your electronic device and find out!

The CondoHOALaw App puts the Florida statutes for condominiums, cooperatives, HOA's, timeshares and mobile homes right at your fingertips along with frequently asked questions on Robert's Rules of Order.
This handy new tool can and should be used by anyone living in a community association: board members, committee members, owners and managers.

The CondoHOALaw App can be downloaded at the Apps store on your iPhone, iPod or iPad or you can click this link from one of those devices and it will take you right there.

For all you Android users, your version will be out soon!

7 Ridiculous Homeowners Association (HOA) Rules

Do Not Plant Too Many Roses
Do Not Use "Inconsistent" Shingles - Even After a Plane Destroys Your House
You Must Carry Your Dog at All Times
Do Not Post a "For Sale" sign
Do Not Offer Your Homeless Granddaughter Shelter
You Shall Maintain a Consistently Green Lawn
No Smoking - Even in Your Own Bathroom

Read more about these ridiculous rules.
Source: David Wallace - 12/19/2009

Continuing Education & Recognition


On October 23 & 24, the Ertl & Kistemaker Business Law Group attended the most comprehensive and respected condominium law conferences in Florida at the University of Miami's 37th Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments. This Institute is designed to update condominium and planned development law generally and explore in detail particular topics of current interest.

View all our
blogs regarding Community Association Law.


Erum Kistemaker has been invited to become a member of the Dunn Blount Chapter of the American Inn of Court (AIC). American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. The mission ofthe Inn is to promote excellence in the profession, ethics, civility and legal skills for judges and lawyers.

AIC are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar and Miss Kistemaker considers it an honor to be invited to be a member of this organization.

Do HOA Managers Often Practice Without A License?

In our August 2012 eNewsletter issue we discussed whether the Bar's Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law should issue an advisory opinion on what community association managers (CAMs) can do without inadvertently practicing law.

The issue came to the committee in a letter, from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, which listed 14 activities it, said are frequently done by managers that should be left to lawyers.

Those include:
*Preparation of certificates of assessment when used in turning over a delinquent account to the association lawyers, in a foreclosure action, and when an association member disputes in writing the amount owed.
*Drafting pre-arbitration demands.
*Drafting amendments and their related certificates for declarations of covenant, bylaws, and articles of incorporation.
*Preparation and review in the execution of contracts, such as for construction, cable TV, and management.
*Preparation of construction lien documents.
*Identifying through the review of title instruments which owners receive pre-lien letters.
*Determining how many votes are needed to establish a quorum.
*Determining how many votes are needed to approve an action or amend recorded documents.
*Determining the number of days necessary to comply with statutory notice requirements.
*Modifying limited proxy forms promulgated by the state.

The committee voted to decline to issue a formal advisory opinion. The committee would reconsider if someone submits a more specific question. In the meantime, the committee voted to continue the existing policy and review matters on a case-by-case basis.

Source: The Florida Bar News
By Gary Blankenship - 8/15/2012 (revised 9/23/2012)

Community Involvement


Ertl & Kistemaker Business Law Group is proud to be gourmet sponsors of The News-Journal's Food, Wine & Brew Festival happening on Saturday, November 10. This Festival will sample food from the best restaurants around Volusia & Flagler County along with beers and wines from around the country. For more info on this event visit their website.

Christene Ertl and Erum Kistemaker are both honored to be recognized as one of The Volusia/Flagler Business Report's 2012 Influential Women In Business.

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