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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

Donna DiMaggio Berger on WLRN’s Topical Currents

Posted in Legislation, Operations, Voting, Water Sprinklers

Condo and association law shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger was the featured guest on WLRN 91.3FM’s Topical Currents “At Your Service” edition on Wednesday, June 7. Donna discussed what board members, managers and residents need to know about landmark association laws just passed by the Florida Legislature, including how to avoid the new criminal penalties for… Continue Reading

Two More Weeks Left in the 2017 Legislative Session; What Bills are Most Likely to Pass?—CALL Alert for April 24, 2017

Posted in advocacy, Budgets, Reserves & Financial, Fiduciary Duty of Board of Directors, Legislation, Official Records, Operations, Video, Voting, Water Sprinklers

There are two weeks left in the 2017 Legislative Session—assuming it ends on time. Of the many different community association bills that were filed at the beginning of session, the following four (4) sets of bills are the ones that appear to be most likely to pass. Condominium Bills by Sen. Garcia and Rep. Diaz… 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

New Florida Condo Bill Filed by Senator Garcia Includes Criminal Penalties

Posted in Assessment Collection, Association Documents, Budgets, Reserves & Financial, CALL Alert, Elections, Official Records, Voting

Last month, the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County released a Grand Jury Report titled “Addressing Condo Owners’ Pleas for Help:  Recommendations for Legislative Action”.  You can read the Miami-Herald Article about the Grand Jury Report here. Today, Senator Rene Garcia filed SB 1682, Relating to Condominiums, which incorporates some of the recommendations of the Grand… 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 Condo, HOA and Co-op Law Review Continues

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Today’s column is the fifth and final installment of our annual series reviewing new laws affecting community associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations. In the first four installments, we looked at changes for condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations found in HB 807, the main Bill affecting community associations. Today, we will look at some miscellaneous… Continue Reading

Condo & HOA Bill HB 807 Covers Records, Video Meetings, Email

Posted in Legislation, Meetings, Official Records, Owner Payment Responsibility, Reader Q&A

Today’s column continues our annual review of new laws affecting community associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations. This year was a fairly busy one in Tallahassee, with several Bills of interest passing out of the Legislature. House Bill 807 (HB 807) is this year’s main bill affecting community associations. Last week, we looked at some… Continue Reading

New Proposed HOA Bill by House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee

Posted in CALL Alert, Legislation

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

More Q&A’s Regarding HB 1195

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

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.

Summary of 2011 Community Association Legislation

Posted in Legislation

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.

Community Association Legislation on the Way to the Governor

Posted in Legislation

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…

Second Week of Florida Legislative Session Heats Up

Posted in Legislation

                    This week marks the second week of the legislative session and things are getting downright hot inside the capitol as it relates to community association bills. While only mid-week, I have been involved with numerous meetings regarding SB 1196 and HB 561, the ca package… Continue Reading