The members of the Florida Legislature were in Tallahassee last week for another round of committee meetings. Because there are so few bills that have been filed so far, there were not many bills heard in committee. Rather, most of the committees used the time for workshops or to hear from various State agencies about… Continue Reading
The Florida Supreme Court’s March 7, 2013 decision in Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan, Cos., Inc., 110 So. 3d 399 (Fla. 2013), limited application of the economic loss rule [a judicially created doctrine that sets forth the circumstances under which a tort claim is prohibited if the only damages suffered are economic… Continue Reading
CALL’s 2013 Legislative Guides are now available online for viewing and printing. There are three separate Legislative Guides—one for condominium associations, one for cooperative associations, and one for homeowners’ associations. Each Legislative Guide includes a summary of the laws passed that specifically apply to each type of association, as well as a discussion of a… Continue Reading
The mortgage foreclosure bill, HB 87, by Representative Passidomo, was approved today by Governor Scott. This is great news for community associations who will now have a tool to expedite stalled mortgage foreclosure cases. I applaud Governor Scott for signing the bill and commend Representative Passidomo for her hard work these past three years to… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, the House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee held a workshop to consider a number of issues related to homeowners’ associations (HOAs), including whether HOAs should be regulated by the State in the same manner as condominium and cooperative associations. The result of that workshop is a proposed committee bill (PCB) dealing… Continue Reading
Here are the highlights of Week 2 of the 2013 legislative session: SB 436 (Sen. Altman) and HB 73 (Rep. Moraitis), Relating to Residential Properties. SB 436 and HB 73 both passed unanimously in their respective committees. HB 73 is now headed to the floor of the House. HB 436 has one more committee stop,… Continue Reading
Week 2 of the 2013 legislative session is now underway. There are a number of bills that CALL is tracking that are being heard in committee this week. One bill (HB 77, Relating to Landlords and Tenants) is already scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House. However, as of this writing, all… Continue Reading
As noted in my CALL Alert of January 2, 2013, Representative Moraitis filed a bill for the 2013 Legislative Session that will impact community associations. The bill (HB 73) makes numerous changes to the Condominium Act, the Cooperative Act and the Homeowners’ Association Act. The following is a summary of HB 73 as originally filed. … Continue Reading
The 2013 Legislative Session does not begin until March 5, 2013, but there are already a number of bills filed and in the works that will impact community associations. To stay up to date on what is going on at the Capitol, make sure to follow me on Twitter (@YelineGoin_CALL). HB 73, Relating to Residential… Continue Reading
Becker & Poliakoff announced today that Cornett, Googe & Associates, P.A., a Stuart, Florida-based law firm that represents more than 300 community associations as well as businesses, individuals and professionals throughout the Treasure Coast, is joining Becker & Poliakoff. Effective October 1, the attorneys and staff of Cornett, Googe will become part of the Becker… Continue Reading
Attorney Ken Direktor appears on CNN discussing potential association liability on the Trayvon Martin case.
HB 319, Relating to Residential Properties, overwhelmingly passed today on the floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 114-1.
HB 319 is the primary condominium bill this session. It is neither anti-association nor pro-bank as some of its critics have said. In fact, it is one of the most pro-association bills we have seen in recent years.
Join board members, managers and residents from hundreds of Florida communities for this annual celebration of community association excellence. Attend stimulating educational sessions and CEU classes, discover the latest solutions from top industry vendors, and network with industry professionals and community leaders from across the state.
Representative George Moraitis, the sponsor of HB 1195, which became law on July 1, 2011, has filed a new community association bill, HB 319. HB 319 will be considered during the 2012 Legislative Session. HB 319 impacts condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations.
This is a Don’t-Miss-It event where you will learn proven best practices on how to protect your community against disasters.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a ceremonial bill signing ceremony for HB 1195 at the Florida Capitol. HB 1195 was the comprehensive community association bill that passed during the 2011 legislative session and became effective on July 1, 2011.
On June 9th, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement concerning the improper application of separate hurricane deductibles on certain Lloyd’s policies.
We continue to receive questions regarding HB 1195, the comprehensive community association bill that passed during the 2011 Legislative Session and became effective on July 1, 2011. Therefore, I wanted to take an opportunity to answer some of the questions.
The Community Association Leadership Lobby (“CALL”), the lobby arm of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., recently hosted a Legislative Webinar that focused on recent changes to Florida Law based on the 2011 Legislative Session. We were honored to have State Representative George Moraitis, who sponsored HB 1195 (this year’s large community association bill), join us as a guest presenter during the Webinar. We had a record number of attendees for the Webinar and we thank you for your continued support and interest.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s large community association bill, HB 1195, which previously passed out of the Legislature was formally signed into law yesterday by Governor Rick Scott. The effective date of HB 1195 is July 1, 2011. You can view the full text of HB 1195 by accessing the CALL website (www.callbp.com). CALL has also prepared a comprehensive summary of HB 1195 and several other important bills that impact community associations.
We are pleased to announce that HB 1195 passed out of the Legislature today and will now be sent to the Governor for action. We have no reason to believe the Governor will veto the bill, but final confirmation normally takes a matter of 3 or 4 weeks. Here is a summary of the issues CALL worked on and drafted language for which are contained within this bill…
Associations in the past were reluctant to foreclose when the mortgagee already commenced its own foreclosure action or when the value of the property did not exceed the amount of debt secured by the first mortgage. That’s changing now.
The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes is holding Free Condominium Educational Seminars Statewide.