By Rafael Aquino

Published March 20, 2024  


Recently, there has been a noticeable trend in the proliferation of laws and regulations governing homeowners' associations (HOAs). The introduction of legislation like House Bill 1203 underscores this growing movement. While the intent behind such legislation is undoubtedly to enhance transparency and accountability within HOAs, it raises a fundamental question: Are we creating laws just for the sake of regulation?


These new mandates, especially those targeting community association managers (CAMs) and management companies, present a mixed bag. On one hand, they aim to foster a more open and responsive environment for HOA members. On the other, they impose a one-size-fits-all solution that may not be suitable for every community or management structure. For CAMs and management companies operating on slim margins or managing multiple associations across vast regions, these regulations could introduce significant operational hurdles, potentially diverting attention from the communities they aim to serve.


Despite these challenges, I want to offer a different perspective from our organization. While we acknowledge the complexities and potential drawbacks these new laws present, they do not pose a significant concern for us. The reason is simple: We have always prioritized transparency, accountability, and open communication with the communities we serve. The protocols and practices now being legislated are ones we have voluntarily adopted and refined over years of dedicated service.


In essence, while the landscape of HOA management continues to evolve, driven by new laws and regulations, our commitment to best practices and the highest service standards remains steadfast. We view these changes not as obstacles but as affirmations of the values that have always been at the core of our operations.


In closing, while we recognize that the road ahead may be challenging for some within our industry, we remain focused on delivering exceptional service and upholding the principles that have long guided our work. These changes are not just a matter of legal compliance but a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the communities we are privileged to serve.

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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 or call 1-800-977-6279

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Doral, FL 33166

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Plantation, FL 33324

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