718.111 (a) of the Florida Statutes avow that directors, officers and managers automatically have fiduciary duties and responsibilities directly or indirectly owed to its owner/s of shared association. Effective October 1, 2008, a new legislative ruling signifies fiduciary duties to be the same as any other non-profit corporation.
One reason for this clarification is the problematic of unfair practices such as kick-backs. Directors, officers and property managers are subject to civil penalties for illegal practices by accepting any thing or service of value for which consideration has not been provided for his/her own benefit or that of his/her immediate family.
The association may however, receive services or items in connection with trade-fair shows or education programs.
718.111; the association.
(1) CORPORATE ENTITY.–
(a) The operation of the condominium shall be by the association, which must be a Florida corporation for profit or a Florida corporation not for profit. However, any association which was in existence on January 1, 1977, need not be incorporated. The owners of units shall be shareholders or members of the association. The officers and directors of the association have a fiduciary relationship to the unit owners. It is the intent of the Legislature that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as providing for or removing a requirement of a fiduciary relationship between any manager employed by the association and the unit owners. An officer, director, or manager may not solicit, offer to accept, or accept any thing or service of value for which consideration has not been provided for his or her own benefit or that of his or her immediate family, from any person providing or proposing to provide goods or services to the association. Any such officer, director, or manager who knowingly so solicits, offers to accept, or accepts any thing or service of value is subject to a civil penalty pursuant to s. 718.501(1)(d). However, this paragraph does not prohibit an officer, director, or manager from accepting services or items received in connection with trade fairs or education programs. An association may operate more than one condominium.
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