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New Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




On July 1, 2017 several new amendements to chapter 718 of the Florida Condominium Act went into effect. Here is what you need to know if you are looking to rent or buy a condo in the Sunshine State.

  • A unit renter has the right to inspect and receive a copy of the association’s by-laws and rules.
  • The association must issue an estoppel certificate (letter) within 10 business days of receipt of a written electronic request for said certificate.
  • If the estoppel certificate is not delivered within 10 business days from request, no fee may be charged for the preparation and delivery of said estoppel certificate.
  • The estoppel certificate if hand-delivered or sent electronically must be valid for 30 days; and 35 days if sent by regular mail.
  • The fee is limited to up to $250.00. However, for an expedited request to be delivered within 3 business days, the association may charge an additional $150.00. Furthermore, if the owner is delinquent on the payments, the association may charge an additional $150.00.
  • All condominium estoppel certificate must contain the following:
    • Specific assessment information
    • An itemized list of all assessments
    • Regular periodic assessment and frequency
    • Assessments and other moneys to become due
    • If there is a capital contribution fee and the amount
    • Resale fee or any other fee and the amount
    • If there is a right of first refusal to the association or to its members
    • Contact information for all insurances maintained by the association
  • Board of director members are limited to a maximum term of 8 years.
  • Denial of condo documents may be cause for a felony charge.
  • Associations with 150 or more units must post digital copies of the condo documents on its website as of July 1, 2018.

Effective July 1, 2017, Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations will have a limit on the amount they will be able to charge homeowners for an Estoppel Certificate (estoppel letter). The cap is as follows:

  • For Homeowners who are current in their assessments: $250.00
  • For expedited services, to be delivered within 3 days from request: $100.00 extra
  • For Homeowners who are delinquent in their payments: $150.00 extra

This bill also requires certificates to be valid for 30 days if delivered electronically, and 35 days if delivered by mail. This uniformed fee will facilitate accuracy for closing agents when preparing closing estimates for sellers.

If you are looking to rent or buy a condo in Miami Florida, contact us today at info@kijner.com.

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Source: Fortune International Realty

Getting your House Ready for Sale

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Most homebuyers will prefer a home that’s in turn-key, move-in condition. When looking at a home, buyers want to focus on what’s great, not what needs fixing or is in poor condition. Sellers can do a lot to make sure their home shows well and will get better offers than those that are in obvious need of TLC. The idea here is to take the attention off areas of superficial concern that buyers might otherwise focus on. Every negative adds up in the buyer’s mind, so it’s wise to do some basic updates and repairs before the home goes on the market.

Update Kitchen & Bathrooms

While a complete kitchen or bath remodel may not be possible or practical – and may not give a full return on the investment – some updating of these rooms will go a long way in appealing to potential buyers. In many neighborhoods upgraded and updated kitchens and baths are the norm and anything less will be looked upon negatively.

If the stove and refrigerator are clearly old and in less than perfect condition, they should be replaced. An updated kitchen faucet is another nice touch that doesn’t have to cost a lot. In the main bathroom, have the tile flooring professionally cleaned and the grout sealed. If the tile floor is in bad shape, replacing it with new, basic tile will make it a non-issue. Here, too, an updated faucet is often a good choice. If there is a shower curtain, replace it with a new, neutral style, or better yet, remove it altogether for a tidier appearance.

Clean or replace carpets

It should go without saying that carpets should be shampooed and in good condition. If the carpet looks worn and stained, the best choice is to simply replace it. The same goes for kitchen flooring – if it’s in bad shape, new flooring is the way to go. Depending on the situation, a new floor can often be installed right over the old one, which can mean less work and cost. Any replacement flooring should be neutral colored and does not have to be top-of-the line quality; the most important thing here is that it looks good and does not draw negative attention.

Enhance the Outdoors

Outdoors, replace any missing or damaged fence boards. It may be obvious that they’ve been replaced, but that’s preferable to leaving the fence in bad shape. Shrubs should be trimmed and kept neat, and weeds pulled. A thick (and quick!) application of bark mulch will help planting areas look clean and neat instead of a mess the new owner will have to deal with. Check around the exterior for any peeling paint or cracks that can present themselves as problems if not corrected.

Above all, remember that a buyer will have a better impression of a home that looks its best. After all, one of the first impressions you want a buyer to have is “It looks like this home has been well taken care of” – and let the home shine.

For more tips that will help you get your house ready to sell, just click here.

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at 
info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com

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