My name is Lucy and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
The way to force the association to make repairs is to file a Complaint for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
. What that does is explain to the judge that the association is not doing the things that they are legally required to do. As part of the requested relief, you can ask the judge to order the board members to make necessary repairs (state what they are). You can also ask the judge to remove the board members for cause and allow for new board members to come in.
The law allows unit owners to go to arbitration
to resolve disputes with the board, by filing a Petition with the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and paying a $50 fee. The dispute will be heard by an attorney. The arbitration is not binding (unless you agree that it will be), but may help provide for a faster resolution. The statute also allows a prevailing party to collect attorney's fees, so you may want to contact a local attorney for assistance. Before filing the statute requires that the unit owner give the board a written notice, with three requirements:
1. Advance written notice of the specific nature of the dispute;2. A demand for relief, and a reasonable opportunity to comply or to provide the relief; and3. Notice of the intention to file an arbitration petition or other legal action in the absence of a resolution of the dispute.
I know you said that you sent a demand letter, but if you wanted to use the mediation procedure, the notice would specifically have to state the intent to file an arbitration petition. Sending the notice via certified mail is one way to ensure that there is proof it was received. Here is the form for the Petition, which has instructions.http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/lsc/documents/ARB6000-001PetitionforArbitrationeff70304.pdf
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