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Q: I recently requested records from my condominium’s property management company. They told me that they only have records for the past two years that they can email to me at no cost, and that the prior six years’ worth of records are in a storage unit.

Q: We have had several recent incidents of vandalism in our otherwise quiet and well-maintained subdivision. It has a single entrance, and our board is considering the installation of surveillance cameras to capture the image of vehicles coming and going from the neighborhood, particularly those vehicles that enter the community late at night. What are the legal ramifications that our board should consider before using electronic surveillance at the entrance of our neighborhood?

One question frequently asked is whether the display of political signs on private property is permissible in neighborhoods governed by a homeowners’ association. The answer: It depends.

Editor’s note: this week’s guest columnist is Eric Boucher, a consultant who specializes in assisting condominiums in navigating the FHA and VA mortgage approval process. His website is and he can be reached at

If your HOA board is misbehaving, there are many steps you can take

Note: This week’s column is by Florida condo and HOA attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger. She is a frequent speaker and writer on HOA law, and her blog can be found at

HOA boards often must cope with adverse behaviors from mild covenant violations to intentional property damage to criminal activity.

The president of our HOA board and others have profited from their knowledge of the delinquencies by buying lots for low prices without notice to other HOA members who might buy these lots. Is that

COAs and HOAs should understand that the law imposes time limits on their ability to sue the developer, architect, contractor, or subcontractors responsible for construction defects.

Note: This column is by colleague Gregory L. Shelton, who practices construction law at Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A. This is part one in a two-part series about condominium construction defects. This first part describes common defects and their consequences. In part two, we’ll explain how legal time limits can prevent the association or its owners from suing the parties responsible for defective construction.

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Michael Hunter
Charlotte attorney Michael Hunter focuses on community and condominium association law for the firm of Horack Talley. E-mail questions.