The firm’s latest Miami Herald “Real Estate Counselor” column was authored by partner Marc A. Smiley and appears in today’s edition of the newspaper. The article, which is titled “Harassment Reports, Video Voyeurism by Association Presidents Highlight Need for Vigilance,” focuses on the takeaways for community associations and their owner members from two recent cases of horrific behaviors by association and co-op presidents. Marc’s column reads:
. . . The first report by South Florida’s Local 10 News focused on the president of a co-op building who was caught on camera verbally abusing a resident. Larry Reinfeld, the president of Building V in Ro-Len Lake Gardens in Hallandale Beach, has since been hit with a restraining order barring him from having any contact with a resident or coming within 5 feet of her apartment.
Two videos of Reinfeld’s behavior were shared with the station’s reporter. In one, he is seen calling a resident a profane name as she walks by him, asking her if he is blocking the walkway. Dispatch records show she called police after Reinfeld allegedly asked her as she walked to her car: “Are you paranoid enough?”
Residents told the reporter that such behavior is not unusual for Reinfeld. One says she brought it to the attention of the building’s vice president, who told her she should just keep her door shut and her blinds closed.
“I even put it in writing to the association, and they did nothing,” she states.