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
Yesterday, the Governor approved SB 398, Relating to Estoppel Certificates. The effective date of the new law is July 1, 2017. If you would like to hear more about the estoppel bill, please watch the video or read the summary below. Also yesterday, HB 653, Relating to Community Associations, by Rep. Moraitis, and HB 1237,… Continue Reading
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
Becker & Poliakoff and CALL’s 2016 Legislative and Community Association Resource Guide (“Guide”) is now available for viewing and printing. The Guide is applicable to all three (3) types of shared-ownership communities (condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations). The 2016 Legislative Session ended without any significant piece of community association legislation passing. While there were many… Continue Reading
As I mentioned in my last Blog Post, one of the things that happens during the last few weeks of session is that legislative “trains” are formed, which allows bills and issues that have stalled to remain “alive.” It is critically important during the last days of session to watch amendments that are filed because… Continue Reading
Every year in Florida we are guaranteed to see new laws pass which will impact our significant shared ownership community population. 2015 was no different and 2016 will be just as busy, with Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) monitoring and shaping dozens of bills throughout the 60-day Session. Come join us for… 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
The 2015 Legislative Session kicks off next week on Tuesday, November 18, when the Legislators come to Tallahassee for their organizational session. The Senate President Andy Gardiner from Orlando and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli from Merritt Island recently announced their leadership appointments and they will soon be announcing Committee Chairs and Committee appointments. Sen. Richter… Continue Reading
Please forward this to your association members and friends. There is still time to register for the CALL Legislative Town Hall, which is scheduled for Friday, June 13th from 10:00 am to Noon at the Ft. Lauderdale City Hall Commission Chambers-1st Floor, 100 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. The CALL Town Hall Meeting is open… 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
As we head into the last two weeks of the 2013 Legislative Session, it looks like there will be at least one major community association bill that will pass, and possibly a significant HOA bill. In addition, the mortgage foreclosure bill that includes important language for community associations made substantial progress. Here are the highlights… Continue Reading
It has been a busy week in Tallahassee, as members of the Legislature were in town for committee meetings. They will meet again next week, then take a week off, and be back the first week of February for an additional three weeks of committee meetings before session starts in March. Being in Tallahassee full-time… 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
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.
The Florida Legislature adjourned late Saturday morning, May 7, bringing the 2011 Legislative Session to a close. The following is a summary of the bills impacting community associations that passed and did not pass.
Two CA bills of interest were heard by the Florida House Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee on Tuesday (February 4, 2010) morning.