(1)(a) Common expenses include the expenses of the operation, maintenance, repair, or replacement of the cooperative property; costs of carrying out the powers and duties of the association; and any other expense, whether or not included in this paragraph, designated as common expense by this chapter or the cooperative documents.

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 719.107

  • Association: means the corporation for profit or not for profit that owns the record interest in the cooperative property or a leasehold of the property of a cooperative and that is responsible for the operation of the cooperative. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Board of administration: means the board of directors or other representative body responsible for administration of the association. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Bylaws: means the bylaws of the association existing from time to time. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Common expenses: means all expenses and assessments properly incurred by the association for the cooperative. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Cooperative: means that form of ownership of real property wherein legal title is vested in a corporation or other entity and the beneficial use is evidenced by an ownership interest in the association and a lease or other muniment of title or possession granted by the association as the owner of all the cooperative property. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Cooperative documents: means :
    (a) The documents that create a cooperative, including, but not limited to, articles of incorporation of the association, bylaws, and the ground lease or other underlying lease, if any. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Timeshare estate: means any interest in a unit under which the exclusive right of use, possession, or occupancy of the unit circulates among the various purchasers of a timeshare plan pursuant to chapter 721 on a recurring basis for a period of time. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Unit: means a part of the cooperative property which is subject to exclusive use and possession. See Florida Statutes 719.103
  • Voting interests: means the voting rights distributed to the association members as provided for in the articles of incorporation. See Florida Statutes 719.103
(b) If so provided in the bylaws, the cost of communications services as defined in chapter 202, information services, or Internet services obtained pursuant to a bulk contract shall be deemed a common expense, and if not obtained pursuant to a bulk contract, such cost shall be considered common expense if it is designated as such in a written contract between the board of administration and the company providing the communications services as defined in chapter 202, information services, or Internet services. The contract shall be for a term of not less than 2 years.

1. Any contract made by the board after April 2, 1992, for a community antenna system or duly franchised cable television service, communications services as defined in chapter 202, information services, or Internet services may be canceled by a majority of the voting interests present at the next regular or special meeting of the association. Any member may make a motion to cancel the contract, but if no motion is made or if such motion fails to obtain the required majority at the next regular or special meeting, whichever is sooner, following the making of the contract, then such contract shall be deemed ratified for the term therein expressed.
2. Any such contract shall provide, and shall be deemed to provide if not expressly set forth, that any hearing impaired or legally blind unit owner who does not occupy the unit with a nonhearing impaired or sighted person may discontinue the service without incurring disconnect fees, penalties, or subsequent service charges, and as to such units, the owners shall not be required to pay any common expenses charge related to such service. If less than all members of an association share the expenses of cable television, the expense shall be shared equally by all participating unit owners. The association may use the provisions of s. 719.108 to enforce payment of the shares of such costs by the unit owners receiving cable television.
(c) If any unpaid share of common expenses or assessments is extinguished by foreclosure of a superior lien or by a deed in lieu of foreclosure thereof, the unpaid share of common expenses or assessments are common expenses collectible from all the unit owners in the cooperative in which the unit is located.
(d) With respect to each timeshare unit, each owner of a timeshare estate therein is jointly and severally liable for the payment of all assessments and other charges levied against or with respect to that unit pursuant to the cooperative documents, except to the extent that the cooperative documents provide to the contrary. This paragraph does not apply to any unit that is not committed to a timeshare plan.
(e) Common expenses include the costs of insurance acquired by the association under the authority of s. 719.104(3), including costs and contingent expenses required to participate in a self-insurance fund authorized and approved pursuant to s. 624.462.
(2) Funds for the payment of common expenses shall be collected by assessments against unit owners in the proportions or percentages of sharing common expenses provided in the cooperative documents.