community Association Managers

Property managers often include extra fees in their management agreements when having to help an association through an insurance claim and reconstruction. My experience has been these fees have risen significantly from extra hourly costs to as much as ten percent. While some may argue that a property manager is neither trained nor licensed to adjust claims and that property management firms may be practicing law or public adjusting without a license, the issue for recovery of these fees is important.


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Piggybacking somewhat off of Glenn Rosen’s post, Is Your Association Manager Practicing Law Without a License, this post addresses whether Florida community association managers should be adjusting insurance claims. I recently encountered a situation where a community association manager’s de facto adjustment of an insurance claim jeopardized the insured’s recovery. Distinct skill sets and separate licensing requirements surround the community association management and public adjusting professions, so it seems to me that the professions should rarely (if ever) be blurred.


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Community Association Managers (“CAM”) are very busy working with their boards of directors caring for the common areas, handling the association’s financial affairs, collecting assessments, and ensuring that the community’s rules and regulations are enforced. Unfortunately, to cut costs, CAMs are frequently asked to prepare forms and provide advice that should properly be dealt with by an attorney. In this regard, both the CAM and boards must exercise caution to avoid having the CAM participate in the unlicensed practice of law.Community Association Managers (“CAM”) are very busy working with their boards of directors caring for the common areas, handling the association’s financial affairs, collecting assessments, and ensuring that the community’s rules and regulations are enforced. Unfortunately, to cut costs, CAMs are frequently asked to prepare forms and provide advice that should properly be dealt with by an attorney. In this regard, both the CAM and boards must exercise caution to avoid having the CAM participate in the unlicensed practice of law.


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