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How does deferred maintenance work for condo associations?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | Homeowner Association & Condo Law |

Repairs and maintenance for buildings come with costs to keep them in good condition. When condominiums in Florida require costly repairs, however, homeowners associations and landlords might opt for deferred maintenance plans. Basically, deferred maintenance means repairs won’t get done in a timely manner, creating a potential hazard in some cases.

Deferred maintenance on condos

The people in charge of making repair decisions might defer maintenance for several reasons. Cost reflects a common reason as many owners and managers prefer to put things off for budget reasons. However, delays might extend far longer than what is advisable, leading to serious safety concerns.

In Florida, a Broward County task force recommended making it more difficult for condo officials to waive funding. The task force also wants to make inspections more frequent. Whether these recommendations become law or not could affect condo owners and tenants.

Understanding changes in the law

Homeowner association and condo law establishes rules that managers and owners must follow. The regulations might prove onerous and costly, but the requirements typically work for everyone’s benefit. A homeowner or condo association’s members or managers should understand changes in the law and how to comply.

If any official letters were issued by the local government authority, an attorney review may be advisable. Deferring maintenance might not be the right step at the present time.

Failure to comply with the law could lead a homeowner or condo association into trouble. Code violations may come with significant fines, and individuals hurt on the premises due to maintenance issues may sue the association. Understanding the law could leave an HOA member or manager better able to make appropriate decisions and take action.