y Rafael Aquino

Published June 12, 2024  


The concept of Kaufman language, which dictates whether new laws apply to a condominium association, introduces a significant layer of complexity for board members and community association managers. This legal nuance can result in different laws governing neighboring condominiums, creating a fragmented and confusing landscape. For those tasked with managing these communities, understanding and implementing such intricate legal details adds to the already demanding responsibilities of their roles. This is why having a strong, supportive team in your corner is crucial. A proficient management company, a knowledgeable attorney, and other reliable vendors are essential to navigating these challenges effectively.


Richard Sachs from Glazer & Associates, a well-respected attorney in our field, recently proposed a solution to a significant issue that many communities associations face: more consistency in how new laws are applied. Whether new laws apply to a condominium depends on whether its governing documents contain specific language ("as amended from time to time"). This creates a fragmented system where neighboring associations may follow different laws, complicating the management process.


Sachs suggested an amendment to Florida Statutes 617.0102 and 607.0102, stating that all associations governed under Florida Statutes 718, 719, and 720 should be bound to these statutes as they exist from time to time. This proposal is a game-changer. It would ensure that all associations are uniformly bound by current and future amendments, simplifying the legal landscape for board members and managers alike.


Implementing Sachs' idea would make life significantly easier for those of us in community association management. It would remove the guesswork and legal ambiguity, allowing boards to focus on their primary goal: improving their communities. It's a reminder of how important it is to work with partners who understand these complexities and advocate for practical solutions. When our partners collaborate with legislators to address real-world challenges, they help create a more manageable environment for everyone involved.


In the community association management space, the right partnerships are vital for success. An effective management company, a skilled attorney, and knowledgeable vendors can make all the difference in navigating the intricacies of association governance. If your association struggles to create these essential partnerships, it's time to make a change. Reach out to professionals with the support and expertise needed to thrive.


Remember, with the right team by your side, you can overcome any challenge and ensure the success of your 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

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