Update from CALL Executive Director, Yeline Goin: First, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Legislative Webinar last week and in particular Representative Moraitis for being a part of the Webinar and for providing special insight into the bills and the legislative process. We had a record number of attendees on the Webinar… Continue Reading
Yeline Goin, CALL Executive Director, announced that there was a lot of movement last week with the various Bills CALL is tracking this Legislative Session. HB 319/SB 680, Relating to Residential Properties The main community association bills, HB 319/SB 680, were both approved in committee this week. SB 680 was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 319,… Continue Reading
CALL recently notified its members of changes to HB 319 which is the community association bill filed by Rep. Moraitis. The changes were considered and approved by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on December 7th. The five (5) amendments: Clarify that condo election procedures do not apply to timeshare condominium associations. Clarify that mortgagees only have to pay 12 months of… Continue Reading
Ok – Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Act does not apply to community associations, but community associations do have what is commonly referred to as ‘sunshine’ requirements. Several years ago the Firm published a pamphlet outlining the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of noticing meetings. We have recently updated this publication to incorporate changes to the statutes… Continue Reading
There are different laws governing condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations in Florida. This post explains a few of those differences.
Portions of the property in a community association may carry tax obligations. Under most circumstances the association can apply for nominal valuation of the property.
A community association now collects Section 8 rental subsidies directly from the local housing authority.
Does your community association enforce all pet restrictions uniformly and consistently? It’s typical, expected, and almost commonplace when community association boards of directors, managers, maintenance staff or residents “ignore” what is seen as harmless violations of the recorded restrictions or rules and regulations with regard to pets, only to be outraged later when someone sneaks in a… Continue Reading
I promised an update on the Master Association Blocks Owners from Pool and Recreational Facilities post when a result became known. A Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge ruled yesterday that the Master Association governing the Quail Run community was not entitled to suspend use of the recreational facilities by all of the owners in one of the condominiums… Continue Reading
Over 40% of the Home Loans Issued in Two Major Florida Cities in February are Government-Insured FHA Loans. The marketability of the homes in your community is highly dependent upon the availability of mortgage financing. We’ve included several posts on this site regarding purchase money financing issues over the past 2 years, including reporting on the changes to federal underwriting guidelines. Since mortgage… Continue Reading
Showcase Your Excellence - Submit Your Entry for Consideration by Independent Judges in the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards! This independently judged program enables the top communities in the state to promote their accomplishments and raise their profiles while documenting their success and enabling others to learn from their accomplishments across numerous categories. Publisher and sponsor Jim McMurray noted… Continue Reading
The Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) Issues Report Outlining Various Options for Regulation of Homeowners Associations (HOA). OPPAGA evaluates performance and accountability of various governmental activities. The Draft Report finds that the legislature showed significant interest in regulating Florida’s Mandatory Membership Homeowners Associations over the past several years. In 2007 a Senate interim… Continue Reading