Community Associations

The Gerstin & Associates Community Association Practice Group represents homeowner and condominium Associations throughout South Florida. We limit our practice to representing the “Association”, versus any individual homeowner. Whether your community is self-managed or employs a professional property management company, we pride ourselves in our commitment to prompt, personal service.  Our lawyers encourage communication with our community association clients through emails, text, faxes or telephone calls. We understand the need for quick and easy to understand answers to your community association’s legal needs and we pride ourselves on being available to respond quickly to our clients’ needs.

Our Community Association Practice Group does not charge a monthly “service” or “retainer fee”.  Working a la carte to save money for our community association clients, our lawyers are versed in all areas affecting community associations. Some of the legal services provided by the Gerstin & Associates Community Association Practice Group to our community association clients are:

  • Legal counsel in the application of state and local law and court rulings and administrative decisions impacting on the operation of Community Associations.
  • Compliance with applicable Federal laws, such as the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Fair Housing laws, Employment Discrimination Laws, as well as similar state and local statutes and ordinances.
  • Interpretation, amendment and enforcement of your community association’s Governing Documents.
  • Answering day-to-day questions regarding operational, technical, regulatory and practical issues.
  • Advising on Hurricane preparation, protection and counsel on recovery and rebuilding efforts.
  • Assisting the Board of Directors on fiscal matters, such as budgeting, levying special assessments and establishing reserves.
  • Addressing maintenance and repair issues and distinguishing between those projects which require Board approval and those which require unit owner approval.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts for the management, maintenance, repair and operation of the community.
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Pursuit of statutory and other construction warranty claims
  • Assisting in planning and developing contracts for construction projects and complying with construction lien laws.
  • Collection of delinquent assessments.
  • Counseling owners ad-hoc committees in the pre-transition from the developer phase.
  • Attendance (upon request) at meetings for the election of directors and critical votes related to the operation of your community association.
  • Providing legal counsel for post-transition, unit owner-controlled Association on developer issues, including the resolution of warranty, accounting and representation claims, and the establishment of on-going operational controls.
  • Reviewing loan documents and structuring commercial lines of credit and/or arranging sources of financing for recreation lease purchases, capital improvements, etc.
  • Negotiation with cable service and new technology providers.
  • Review of cable service and new technology provider agreements.
  • Exclusive no cost access to our community association legal and statutory updates to keep your community association on top of the ever changing legal and statutory landscape.

Gerstin & Associates
40 SE 5th St., Suite 610
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Telephone: (561) 750-3456
Facsimile: (561) 750-8185


Recent Community Association Articles


  • Defaming Directors, How to Deal With Abusive Members in Your Community Association. -  Click here to download the full presentation Presented at the Delray Beach Alliance on December 5, 2017.   An easy to understand primer on the laws of defamation for The State of Florida.   Practical methods on how to deal with hostile community association members.   How to deal with hostile residents.  How to know […]
  • Hurricane Irma and Florida Community Association Emergency Powers. - Florida Community Association Emergency Powers. By Joshua Gerstin, Esq. Click here for .pdf of this article Now that Hurricane Irma has past, many community associations are trying to determine whether an emergency special assessment can be levied to pay for the cost of cleanup and damage repairs. Luckily, Florida has learned a thing a two […]
  • Hurricane Irma Preparation Guides and Checklists for South Florida - Important and useful hurricane Irma guides from The City of Boca Raton and The County of Palm Beach.   Hurricane Irma Supply Checklist   Hurricane Irma Guide    
  • New Palm Beach County Flood Zone Maps Now Available - Palm Beach County homeowner associations, condominium associations, commercial and residential real estate owners can now  type in their property address at: and immediately view their flood zone.  The press release from Palm Beach County regarding the new flood insurance map is as follows: New Flood Zone Maps Now Available on the Palm Beach County […]
  • 2017 Florida Condominium and Homeowner Association Legislative Update - 2017 was a big legislative year for community associations, especially condominium associations.  Following is an overview of the 2017 legislation directly impacting Florida’s condominium and homeowner associations. Click here for the .pdf version. Condominium & Homeowner Associations Financial Reporting Requirements HB 6027, full text of the law can be found here.  Law goes into effect […]