Winters, Esq. (Florida)
you can listen and/or download the latest talk show "On The Commons"
Saturday, September 27, 2008. Talk show host Shu Bartholomew talks with
Kent Nauman and Jean Winters, Esq., about some outrageous
cases of abuses by associations.
The opposite of order is, I am
told, chaos and heavens, we really can't have that.
Therefore, in an orderly society we follow the rules.
So rules are rules and we are to obey them. At least
that is what the rule books all say. There are harsh
penalties for violating some rules. I am not talking
about laws here, but rules. And in a civilized
society I quite agree with the notion of adhering to certain
norms and accepted standards but does that mean we have to
obey every single rule that some bright spark entered into a
rule book someplace? And what about the rules that are
so ludicrous? If the rules harm us, are we required to
endanger ourselves for the sake of a rule? And how on
earth do we end up with such stupid rules in the first place?
Nauman, a condo owner, has experienced firsthand what
happens when he violated a leash rule adopted by the board of
his association. The rule limits the length of pet
leashes to 4 feet but a short leash on his two dogs would
cause him to fall. We'll hear more about this
particular rule and we'll find out how it affects Kent, why
following it would cause him harm and the next step in this 6
Winters is a Florida attorney who got her law degree after
having had a long career as an electrical engineer and now is
in a select group of attorneys who represent homeowners, as
well as some homeowner associations. Jean has a lot of
insight in what is happening in Florida's many condo and
hear all about stupid rules, abusive boards and attorneys who
try to make some sense of it all.
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