By Rafael Aquino

Published May 29, 2024  


Navigating the complexities of condo law can be daunting for community association boards. It's crucial to remember that while community association managers play an essential role in the smooth operation of the association, they are not permitted to interpret the law. For legal interpretations, it is vital to work with your association attorney.


Board members often hesitate to consult with attorneys due to perceived costs. However, the process doesn't have to be burdensome or costly. One effective strategy is to maintain organized and indexed digital records. By storing legal opinions for future reference, you can eliminate the need to seek the same advice repeatedly. This practice saves time and reduces legal expenses over the long term.


To facilitate this, every association should have a dedicated folder for all legal opinions obtained. This centralized repository becomes a valuable resource, allowing the board and managers to reference previous legal advice and ensure consistent decision-making quickly. Such organization minimizes confusion and ensures that the board acts in accordance with the law.


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," as the saying goes. Investing in professional management and legal consultation now can save your association significant headaches in the future. Reflect on your community's current state: are you as organized and prepared as possible? Taking proactive steps today can lead to smoother operations and a stronger community tomorrow.

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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

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Doral, FL 33166

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