Close to 200 Community Leaders and Professional Property Managers participated in the first of a series of webinars presented by Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
On Wednesday, May 28, 2009, CALL presented a webinar explaining legislative activities during the 2009 legislative session. Co-executive directors Yeline Goin and David Muller were active in Tallahassee and throughout the State of Florida during the latest legislative session, advocating for the interests of Florida Community Associations.
Attorney Yeline Goin started the session with an in-depth explanation of the impact of SB 714, which was sent to the Governor on May 18th. Governor Crist has 15 days to sign or veto the bill before it becomes law. Ms. Goin alerted the participants to lobbying efforts encouraging a Governor’s veto.
SB 714 impacts insurance obligations of condominium associations and condominium owners, addresses eligibility for service on a board of directors of a condominium association, as well as fire and life safety issues. Please click here for more information about the Bill.
Attorney David Muller explained changes resulting from SB 2080 which would prohibit Community Associations from enforcing deed restrictions that preclude xeriscaping. Becker & Poliakoff previously provided its clientele with the University of Florida’s recommendations for ‘Florida-friendly’ landscaping in its Community Update publication.
Mr. Muller alerted the participants to increased filing fees for foreclosure lawsuits, explained changes to Chapter 617, Florida Statutes that would result from SB 2330 and impacts from HB 1495. He noted that despite reports from other sources, HB 1495 does not include a condominium mitigation loan program that was initially contemplated by the legislature.
Mr. Muller advised the participants of CALL’s continuing effort for legislative changes necessary to improve Community Association financial problems, particularly with regard to the financial responsibilities of lenders and investor-owners.
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