SOURCE: Katzman Garfinkel & Berger


June 11, 2010 06:30 ET

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Issues Comprehensive Guide to New Florida Community Association Legislation

KG&B Attorneys Provide 'SB 1196: A Guidebook for Community Associations' to Explain Key Legal Changes for Board Members, Owners & Property Managers

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - June 11, 2010) -  The Florida community association law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (, with offices statewide in Ft. Lauderdale, Maitland/Orlando, Boynton Beach, Miami, West Palm Beach, St. Augustine and Naples, announces the public release of its new comprehensive, 21-page guide to the recently enacted Florida legislation impacting condominiums and homeowners' associations (HOAs) across the state.

"SB 1196: A Guidebook for Community Associations," compiled by a team of five KG&B attorneys, led by the firm's managing partner Donna DiMaggio Berger and including Mary Ann Chandler, David Y. Klein, Paul Milberg and Raymond A. Piccin, is available online for free and immediate download now at

The law firm's comprehensive SB 1196 Guidebook is provided as a public service to volunteer Board members, owners and community association managers, in order to explain and clarify key changes to Florida statutes governing community associations statewide.

"As a statewide Florida community association law firm, we are extremely pleased to be 'first out of the gate' in offering the firm's new SB 1196 Guidebook as a public service so the folks living in, working in and serving in these common interest ownership communities can better understand the sweeping changes to Florida community association law contained in SB 1196," said Leigh C. Katzman, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger.

"KG&B's team of experienced community association attorneys has come together in this new SB 1196 Guidebook to provide detailed explanation and comprehensive guidance in order to help Floridians navigate the complexities of the newest changes to the laws governing community associations across the state," said Donna DiMaggio Berger, Managing Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger.

KG&B's "SB 1196: A Guidebook for Community Associations" provides detailed information about the new changes to Florida common interest ownership statutes contained in 20 different section headings, including: Rental Restrictions, Amendments Regarding Common Elements, Official Records, Elections and Director Eligibility, Collection of Assessments, Collection of Rents, Liens, Fining, Budget and Financial Reporting, and Suspension of Use Rights.

The SB 1196 Guidebook also provides detailed sections on new changes to Casualty (Property) Insurance Requirements, Fire Prevention Code (changes regarding Fire Alarm Systems and Sprinkler Retrofits) and Elevator Retrofits. The Guidebook likewise gives an overview and explanation of the Distressed Condominium Relief Act (the Creation of Part VII of Statute 718), devised by the Legislature in response to the downturn in the state's condominium market in order to pull failed development projects back from the edge of financial ruin.

Changes specific to Florida homeowners' associations (HOAs) are also included in the SB 1196 Guidebook, with sections dealing with Recreational Leaseholds and Club Memberships, as well as the ability to once again lien for fines in excess of $1,000 and the sometimes contentious issue of Flagpole location and display by homeowners.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a full service statewide law firm devoted to all aspects of community association representation. The firm handles sophisticated transactional law matters on behalf of its association clients and was one of the first community association law firms to advance all fees and costs for its lien collection and foreclosure cases and is one of the only ones still doing so in today's real estate market. In addition, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger handles property damage claims against insurance companies as well as most construction defect claims against developers on a pure contingency basis.

Named as one of the "Best Places to Work" in 2009 by the South Florida Business Journal, the firm has also been designated as "One of the Most Distinguished Law Firms in America" by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating system spanning more than a century of service evaluating American Law Firms.

To download a free copy of "SB 1196: A Guidebook for Community Associations," please go to:

For more information about the Florida statewide community association law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, please visit:

About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a statewide Florida law firm devoted to community associations with seven strategically located offices throughout the State of Florida. The firm offers residents living in all types of common interest ownership communities a complete set of services including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure, first party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation. It was one of the first firms to advance all fees and costs on behalf of communities that are forced to pursue collection of delinquent assessments. For more information, please visit:

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