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Michael Hyman, Siegfried Rivera.

Most Florida community associations are authorized under their governing documents to conduct screenings for prospective new buyers and tenants. Naturally, associations wish to prevent individuals from becoming a new resident who could present a danger to the community or are too much of a financial risk based on their credit history. However, as a recent court ruling from Southwest Florida demonstrates, associations that go too far in their screening efforts could face significant legal consequences.

The recent ruling ordered a Marco Island condominium association to stop its unreasonable screening practices, and the case made local headlines in the pages of the Naples Daily News.

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