Condo association accused of numerous misdeeds; attorney says behavior is the norm
By Carrie Bradon
21 December 2018
DESTIN -- A condominium improvement association is being sued by
numerous residents for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary
According to NWF Daily News, the Holiday Isle Improvement Association
in Destin was sued Dec. 4 after allegedly committing breach of
contract, among other allegations.
The lawsuit states that since 2016 the group has not had accurate
meeting minutes and what was produced was not what occurred in the
meetings but only what certain board members wanted to be recorded.
The group is also accused of wrongdoings in discrimination,
pornography, disparate treatment, illegal behavior of officers and
misuse of funds.
Peter Vujin, a Miami attorney, said this type of situation is common in Florida.
it is far too easy for the management for forge fake condominium fees,
far too easy for the management to 'mismanage' the funds or simply
steal the same
"This is a very typical situation in the state of Florida, since the
condominium market is Florida's No. 3 business," Vujin told The Florida
Record. "Because there is no condominium corporate books supervision by
an independent governmental body, it is far too easy for the management
for forge fake condominium fees, far too easy for the management to
'mismanage' the funds or simply steal the same via kickbacks from the
contractors that the condominium owners pay for."
Although there have been some improvements since the Economic Crimes
Bureau began investigating condos, the attorney said, there is clearly
still a great deal of accountability missing.
"I would never buy a condominium in Florida."
"Previously, there was absolutely no opposition to any potential
criminal activity committed by the condominium management, and the
condominium owners were left in an enviable position to seek court
relief, while paying attorney's fees for the condominium association,
and for themselves, as well," Vujin said. "I would never buy a
condominium in Florida."
Holiday Isle failed to respond to requests for comment by The Florida
Record. The outcome of the lawsuit has yet to be determined.
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