CALL’s Florida Community Association Legislative Guide 2017 (“Guide”) is now available online.
The 2017 Legislative Session ended with several bills passing that will have a significant effect on community associations: HB 1237, Relating to Condominiums; SB 398, Relating to Estoppel Certificates, and HB 6027, Relating to Financial Reporting. In addition to these three bills, there were over 25 other bills filed which sought to amend the Condominium Act, the Cooperative Act, and/or the Homeowners’ Association Act. Most of the bills did not pass, but the many bills that were filed show that legislators are interested in community association legislation and how it impacts their constituents. There was, of course, one bill that did pass the House and Senate but was vetoed by Governor Scott – HB 653, which would have allowed older high rises to opt out of an engineered life safety system (ELSS). We address that issue in-depth in the Guide.
The 2017 Guide features the following:
- An overview letter from me
- A special report from Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, Esq., former State Senator who led our targeting lobbying effort to pass the ELSS legislation, addressing the Governor’s veto and outlining our thoughts about how to approach the 2018 Session
- A summary of the community association bills that were signed into law
- A summary of the community association bills that did not pass
- A list of actions we recommend that you, as a community association board member, should take to comply with all of the new laws
- A letter from Donna DiMaggio Berger, a shareholder with the firm and CALL’s Founding Executive Director
- A list of upcoming CALL events and community association classes