Icon South Beach Lawsuit Against Condo Association Could Become Class Action Case

A renter at the Icon South Beach is suing the building’s condominium association over allegedly excessive application processing fees. The renter, Derek Schwartz, filed the Miami-Dade Circuit Court lawsuit with hopes of obtaining class action status and ultimately involving more than 100 plaintiffs.

Schwartz claims potential buyers and renters at Icon South Beach are charged a $250 processing fee to formally apply for approval from the condo association, according to a report from The Real Deal. The Florida Condominium Act limits application processing fees to $100.

Condo properties throughout South Florida are increasingly under scrutiny for excessive fees and costs imposed on owners and residents.

For example, Farmer Jaffe attorney Matt Weissing is representing a class of more than 450 current and former condominium unit owners in a federal class action claim involving the condominium-hotel property that is being operated as the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Weissing is serving as lead counsel in the case and obtained class certification from U.S. District Judge James Cohn in December 2016.

The case, Dear v. Q Club, is scheduled to begin trial at 9 a.m. on May 22, 2017.

Farmer Jaffe’s Matt Weissing is a Board Certified Civil Trial attorney who concentrates his practice on Class Actions, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death matters. His experience includes handling cases involving motorcycle, automobile, boating and helicopter crashes. He also handles cases involving toxic chemical exposure and misfilled prescriptions, as well as premises liability, failure to provide security and excessive force/false arrest.