By Rafael Aquino

Published October 30, 2019  


While I can appreciate a developer needing to have control of a project while sales reach a certain volume, I also believe owners should be able to appoint their board should that threshold not be met after some time. Things can get out of control quickly in the hands of an irresponsible developer.


During the last economic bubble, I saw first hand the impact of having a reckless developer in control of an association for too long. I recall taking on this association, once the developer turned over a majority of the seats, that was in total disarray. While the developer had control, he allowed owners to make changes to their homes that weren't permitted per the documents.  The developer allowed individual owners to install one kind of fence and other owners another; he allowed garages to be converted into in-law quarters; he allowed driveways to be expanded with no uniformity throughout. To make matters worse, the last couple of homes the developer did own had boarded windows because he never finished the interiors, and he wasn’t paying the maintenance fee. The developer became desperate and allowed whatever possible to close out the project. Should FS720 allowed for a mandatory turnover after a length of time, most of the issues above could have been avoided. Owners were left to clean up the mess at their expense.

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