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, 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 multitudes of condominium owners in disputes with their association. These disputes have taken the form of everything from individual owner complaints, to class actions of unit owners or actions brought by unit owners on a shareholder derivative basis as members of their association. In larger condominium developments, where there are many individual condominium associations, we have successfully represented these associations in disputes against master, or umbrella organizations that oversee the entire property. If you have a dispute with your condominium association, or believe the actions of its board members is wrongful or fraudulent, contact us to discuss how we can assist you.