While the concept of a “condominium” may have originated in New York in the 1880s, South Florida has taken the concept as its own. An incredibly common residential arrangement throughout South Florida, condominiums are unique in that each unit is separately owned. Unit owners also each own a portion of the “common elements,” which typically include the structure of the building and the facilities and amenities in the complex such as parking lots, sidewalks, the pool and other recreational features. Condominiums have an association, comprised of the unit owners and controlled by a board of directors, that has the authority to control the common elements.
Because of the popularity of condominiums in Florida, with its vacation and retirement appeal, the state has enacted very specific laws aimed at protecting owners. These laws govern virtually every aspect of the structure, governance, and operation. Therefore, when issues arise between condominium owners and their condominium association, it is vital to have an attorney who is intimately familiar with this intricate and unique area of law.
Garrity Traina has successfully represented condominium unit owners against associations, such as when an association mishandles maintenance fees or fails to maintain condominium property, as well as owners in the unique structure of hotel-condominiums.
We have also successfully represented groups of associations against property developers and against master, or umbrella, organizations that oversee large condominium communities.