Condo & HOA Law

Should our attorney review the holiday lights contract?

Q:   I’m on the board of a condominium, and we want to hire a company to put up holiday lights and decorations around the community.  Should we have our attorney review the contract? It’s only for $1,500.

E.D., Port St. Lucie


A:        This is a question that we routinely receive from our community association clients around the holiday season, as well as in connection with any contracts where the amount of the contract isn’t a significant amount.  Our advice with regard to any contract, no matter the amount of the contract or the services that are being performed, is to have the contract reviewed by an attorney.

There are many terms in a contract that can become quite costly for an association if they aren’t negotiated.  For example, a majority of contracts that we review from vendors do not require the vendor to have liability insurance or worker’s compensation insurance, and in the event there is no requirement in the contract for the vendor to carry insurance and the vendor doesn’t carry any insurance and one of their employees slips and falls while on the job at the community, then that employee will most likely file a lawsuit against the association. Therefore, we recommend that the association has all of their contracts reviewed by their attorney.

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Avi S. Tryson, Esq., is Partner of the Law Firm Goede, DeBoest & Cross.  To ask Mr. Tryson questions about your issues for future columns, send your inquiry to:  The information provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  The publication of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Goede, DeBoest & Cross, or any of our attorneys.  Readers should not act or refrain from acting based upon the information contained in this article without first contacting an attorney, if you have questions about any of the issues raised herein.  The hiring of an attorney is a decision that should not be based solely on advertisements or this column.

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