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
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
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 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
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
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
As mentioned in my post from yesterday, we were watching SB 1050 and HB 1187, Related to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, to see if any community association related amendments would be added to the bills. SB 1050 came up almost at end of the Senate session yesterday and then was “temporarily postponed.”… Continue Reading
The 2015 Florida Legislative Session just ended with a number of bills passing which will impact your community’s daily operations. One very harmful bill failed due to the House adjourning early but is likely to return next year. Be sure to join us on May 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM to discuss… Continue Reading
In a surprise move, the House of Representatives adjourned “sine die” today. The 2015 Legislative Session was scheduled to last until Friday of this week, although we knew that there would be a special session or an extended session because of the impasse between the House and Senate over the budget and Medicaid expansion. By… Continue Reading
The so-called “estoppel bills” (HB 611 and SB 736) were dealt a severe blow this week when the Senate version, SB 736, was “temporarily passed” by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. That means that SB 736 has not been approved in any committees in the Senate, and with only 5 weeks left and 3 committees… Continue Reading
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
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
The first week of the 2014 Legislative Session has wrapped up and two key community association bills were heard and passed through their first committee stops. There is a lot of information to cover for this week. Citizens Property Insurance SB 7062 by the Senate and Banking Insurance Committee seeks to continue to shrink Citizens… 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
Q: Our condo association has purchased a unit for back fees at the public auction arising from our lien foreclosure lawsuit. We are trying to sell the unit to get it back on the books as a paying unit. The unit is under contract as a short sale and we are in the process to… Continue Reading
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.
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.
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.
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…
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