Fort Myers, FL asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: Can a Florida HOA require that a new resident attend a meeting? Can they fine you ($1000) if you choose not to attend?

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A: Only if it is required by the HOA documents, which we cannot review in this online forum. By law homeowners have a right to attend meetings but not a duty. Based on the wording in your post though, it appears you have received a notice a hearing regarding a violation rather than a board meeting or members meeting. The HOA, by law, has to give you a hearing and the opportunity to state why you should not be fined for the violation (not because you didn't attend the hearing). You have to have RECEIVED the notice 14 days prior to the hearing.

If your question is truly about being fined for not attending a board meeting or annual meeting I would suggest 1) reading your Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions as well as the Bylaws or 2) hire a lawyer to read them and explain them to you or 3) sell the property and get out quickly if this is in the documents.

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