By Rafael Aquino

Published February 8, 2023  


The challenges of SB 4D are starting to become very real for many associations. The reality of it is becoming front and center, and you are beginning to see more news stories about it. The time frame around requiring reserves and new inspection standards for condominium associations is shorting quickly. This can be confusing and stressful for board members, but it's essential to communicate effectively and work with professionals to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.


One of the most critical aspects of navigating these challenges is maintaining open and honest communication between board members and the management company. It's crucial to understand that the management company is there to support the board and provide guidance and expertise, but they cannot bear all the weight of this responsibility alone. Board members must also be proactive in seeking information, asking questions, and providing their perspectives to ensure that decisions are made in the community's best interest.


Working with attorneys, accountants, engineers, project managers, and reserve specialists can be especially helpful in navigating this complex issue. These experts have the knowledge and experience to provide advice and recommendations that can help the board make informed decisions. Board members should be quick to consult with these professionals, as they can play a crucial role in ensuring that the community is in compliance with the new legislation.


In conclusion, effective communication and collaboration are the keys to successfully navigating this difficult time in Florida. Remember, a community is only as strong as the communication and teamwork of its leaders. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller. By working together and taking advantage of the resources available, board members can help ensure a positive outcome for their community.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279

Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

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