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Hurricane Season and a Special Concern for Condominium Community Claims

Hurricane Season and a Special Concern for Condominium Community Claims

Florida’s condominium community, it’s heads up time up for this year’s hurricane season and the escalating threat as we approach the most active time for tropical storm development. A few new releases from some of the weather pundits raised the possibility of more tropical storms this year. This is the second time this year the threat level has been raised for an increase in tropical storms in 2017. One respected weather guru who publishes a daily blog is sharing his concerns about all the weather waves moving off of Africa. So as they say, game on! 

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Sarasota Condo Board Experiences Runaround Before Public Adjuster Helps Negotiate Fair Settlement

Sarasota Condo Board Experiences Runaround Before Public Adjuster Helps Negotiate Fair Settlement
The public insurance adjusters at Tutwiler & Associates work extremely hard to prove why our industry profession is so valuable to policyholders. We work with potential clients and share our knowledge to guide them in their property insurance claim decision making. We strive to educate policyholders after a serious loss when they are the most vulnerable.  Case in point involves a massive electrical fire that occurred at a Sarasota condominium last August.Read More

The Benefits of Pre-Loss Property Insurance Claim Preparation and Disaster Planning

The Benefits of Pre-Loss Property Insurance Claim Preparation and Disaster Planning

Some of our most savvy clients understand just how important it is to have an experienced Public Adjuster on their team even before a property loss occurs.  Some of our clients have been extremely fortunate to never have sustained a property loss but have nonetheless educated themselves to prepare or have heard the horror stories of others who have endured the insurance claim process. At Tutwiler & Associates Public Adjusters, we’ve created a program just for this purpose called: Disaster First Recovery Services

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Policyholder Question - Flooded Condominium

Here is a question we were happy to answer as part of the expert panel for United Policyholders.

Q. My condo flooded from the unit above me caused by a leaking pipe. I have flood insurance and no homeowner insurance. Damage from water and mold is extensive. Do I need an attorney? I have been trying to work with the condo association property management and the above unit's insurance adjusters. I am getting no answers as to who pays for damages to what areas. It has been two weeks. Loss has occurred in Florida and I live in Utah. I am keeping a journal and have begun cleanup and dry out procedures after pipe repair to stop water leak. Click to see read the answer.

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Gary A. Poliakoff Esq. – A Condominium & Homeowners Association Pioneer and Advocate

I was very sorry to read in the South Florida Business Journal about the untimely passing of Attorney Gary Poliakoff.  Gary Poliakoff was a giant in the field of shared community and condominium living. Along with his partner Allen Becker, they founded Becker & Poliakoff headquartered in Ft Lauderdale Florida that over the years has become a legal juggernaut. The name Becker & Poliakoff has become a brand in and of itself and is synonymous with any issues involving communal property living.  Read More

Post Loss Obligations of the Policyholder - Condominium Boards Need to Communicate

This 42 page decision Biscayne Cove Condominium Association, Inc. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5194 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 14, 2013) makes for some very interesting reading. The case was one of those late blooming Hurricane Wilma condo claims that I suspect contributed to the thinking that a change in law regarding the time a policyholder has to file a claim might be a good idea. You can draw your own conclusions about what went on in this case (I know I have) but one of the clear take-aways is that in this case the Judge was not buying what was being sold.

As an aside, the 30% rule this public adjuster was relying on and thought existed drew some chuckles in a meeting our firm recently attended with a group of condo lawyers. Seriously, there are some very interesting points made in the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. As the old saying goes; “it’s not my monkey and it’s not my circus” thankfully! 

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Association Boards - Update Your Knowledge Related to Property Insurance Claim Regulations

Association Boards - Update Your Knowledge Related to Property Insurance Claim Regulations
We exhibited at the Suncoast CAI CA Day in Tampa on Thursday getting up to date with Association Property Managers and Board Members. As we meet with Condo Boards about various claim situations, we continue to see Boards that have not updated their knowledge about laws enacted in 2013. If you’re on a Condo Board, please be aware of these changes and review section 718. 111(11) j of the Fl statue on what is or is not covered in a condo claim, that started July 1 2013.

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