As The Miami Herald recently reported, "Condo associations across South Florida are ripping off consumers with high application fees in violation of state law". While the associations are permitted to collect refundable deposits, a Herald investigation found that some renters and buyers were being charged between $125 and $625 in illegal fees, a clear violation of the $100 limit set by Florida Statutes. In addition, the Herald investigation found that nearly half of condo listings in Miami-Dade County showed application fees that exceeded $100.

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WHAT IS THE ISSUE REGARDING ILLEGAL APPLICATION AND TRANSFER FEES?

Certain condominium associations across Florida have violated the Florida Condominium Act in charging renters and purchasers of condominium unit  illegal transfer fees in the application process for condominium rentals and purchases. A transfer fee is any mandatory fee charged by a condominium association in connection with the sale or lease of a unit and includes such items as clerical fees, fees paid as a part of an applicant's credit or background check or screening process, pet fees and move-in fees. The Florida Condominium Act prohibits condominium associations from charging transfer fees of more than $100 per applicant "in connection with the sale, mortgage, lease, sublease, or other transfer of a unit", including charges associated with applications, background checks, screening and move-in fees and pets.  Even then, such fees, which are limited to $100.00, must be clearly stated in a condominium association's governing documents.

DO I QUALIFY TO RECEIVE MY APPLICATION AND TRANSFER FEES BACK?

In the past 4 years if you paid a non-refundable application/transfer fee to a condominium association in Florida in excess of $100.00 per applicant (a married couple is considered one applicant), then you qualify. These fees include, but are not limited to non-refundable:  Processing Fees, Application Fees, Extra Applicant Fees, Background Checks, Move In/Move Out Fees, Impact Fees, Pet Fees, Trash Removal Fees, Transponder Fees, and Elevator Fees.

WHAT CITIES CAN YOU REPRESENT ME IN?

We are able to represent you in every city in the state of Florida. We have statewide coverage for claims and lawsuits.

WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FROM ME?

To assist us in evaluating your case, please provide us with the name of the condominium building, the name of the condominium association, if available, the date you rented or purchased the condominium unit, and, if possible, the amounts paid to the condominium association.  You can also email this form to info@thefirmmiami.com

WHO IS GOING TO REPRESENT ME?

Aaron Resnick, Esq. will be the one of the lead attorneys in the cases. In 2016, Acquisition International Magazine announced that Mr. Resnick was a winner of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards and named him the "Best Business Litigation Attorney" for Florida. In 2016, Mr. Resnick was also recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of its 2016 Florida Legal Elite™ and Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Resnick as a Florida "Super Lawyer". He was also named to Corporate America's 2016 Legal Elite.

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In addition to illegal application and transfer fee recovery services, our attorneys provide a number of additional legal services including, Consumer Protection law, Class Actions, Business litigation, Criminal Defense, Corporate law, Real Estate law and litigation, Landlord-Tenant matters, Trust and Estate Planning, Employment Litigation, Asset Protection Planning, Sports and Entertainment Law and Personal Injury.

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