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Sprinkler/ELSS Bill Vetoed; Condominium Bill Approved; Final Report on Community Association Bills for 2017 Session–CALL Alert for June 8, 2017

Posted in CALL Alert, Estoppel, Fire Sprinklers, Legislation, Water Sprinklers

Governor Rick Scott has now taken action on all of the community association bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session. HB 653, Relating to Community Associations, was Vetoed. Among other things, the bill would have allowed high rise buildings to opt out of an engineered life safety system (ELSS) with a vote of two-thirds… Continue Reading

Status of Community Association Bills and CALL to Action on HB 653, Relating to Community Associations (Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners’ Associations) – CALL Alert for June 8, 2017

Posted in advocacy, CALL Alert, Fire Sprinklers, Legislation, Video

As of this writing, we are still waiting for the two main community association bills, HB 653 and HB 1237, to be sent to Governor Rick Scott. Once a bill is sent to him, he will have fifteen (15) days to act. He can either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it… Continue Reading

Summary of HB 653, Impacting Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners’ Associations

Posted in CALL Alert, Elections, Fire Sprinklers, Governing Documents, Liability, Managers (CAMS), Water Sprinklers

HB 653 (SB 744), sponsored by Representative Moraitis, passed the Florida Legislature but as of today, it has not yet been sent to the Governor for consideration.  When a bill is sent to the Governor, he has fifteen (15) days to act.  He can either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it… Continue Reading

At Your Service: Condo Call-In with Donna DiMaggio Berger of Becker & Poliakoff

Posted in Elections, Fire Sprinklers, Governing Documents, Legislation, Voting, Water Sprinklers

Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take. If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections. Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards? Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your… Continue Reading

Condo Criminal Penalties Bills, Fire Sprinkler Bill, and Estoppel Bill to be Heard in Committee this Week; New HOA Rental Bill—CALL Alert for March 20, 2017

Posted in CALL Alert, Fire Sprinklers, Legislation, Rental, Water Sprinklers

Condo Criminal Penalties Bills Senator Rene Garcia and Representative Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz filed SB 1682, Relating to Condominiums, and HB 1237, Relating to Condominiums, respectively, which include board member term limits and criminal penalties against volunteer board members for certain violations, including failure to provide access to official records and fraudulent activities related to… Continue Reading

Why the Florida Legislature Needs to Fix Condo Sprinkler-System Problem | Sun Sentinel Opinion

Posted in Common Areas, Fire Sprinklers, Safety and security, Uncategorized, Water Sprinklers

For more than a decade older high-rise condominiums throughout Florida have been discussing, debating, and exercising their legal rights with regard to sprinkler system retrofitting requirements. In 2003, the Florida Legislature responded by allowing each community to vote to opt out of sprinklers inside their units and the right to opt out of installing an… Continue Reading

Florida Fire Sprinkler Law Still Causing Confusion in Condominiums

Posted in Fire Sprinklers, Governing Documents

Question: Do you have any new updates regarding the fire sprinkler requirements and whether condominium associations should vote to opt out of fire sprinklers? (J.L. by email) Answer: There is still a substantial amount of confusion regarding the requirement for condominiums to retrofit with fire sprinklers and the application of the “opt out” procedure set… Continue Reading

The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

Posted in Fire Sprinklers, Hurricane/Disaster Issues, Insurance, Liability, Material Alteration

As the 12/31/16 deadline for Florida high-rises to opt out of a full sprinkler retrofit looms large, the confusion regarding which multifamily buildings should opt out, why and what the consequences of that opt out vote will be escalates. Here are the top five questions I’ve been asked over the last several months from condominium… Continue Reading