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2024 Legislative Review Continues

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Today’s column is the third installment of our review of 2024 legislation affecting Florida community associations. The first two pieces dealt with changes to the condominium statutes, as will today’s review.

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Review of Condo Law Changes Continues

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This is the second installment of my annual legislative review for 2024. The first segment looked at changes to the condominium laws regarding director education, mandatory website requirements, new board meeting procedures, and the addition of criminal penalties for certain …

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Annual Legislative Review Begins

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2024 was a particularly active year for community association legislation. There were several hundred pages of legislation affecting condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ associations. Community association legislation is often described as “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” 2024 was a …

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Owners May Install EV Charging Stations

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Q: I recently moved into a condominium that provides electrical outlets at each parking space, and I have been using one of these outlets to charge my plug-in hybrid car. The board informed me that I am not allowed …

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New Law Requires Dissemination of Documents

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Q: I recently bought a house and became a new member of a homeowners’ association. The association did not give me or my realtor a copy of the association’s rules and covenants before my purchase. Can you explain the …

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Violation Notices Part of Official Records

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Q: Does a member of a homeowners’ association have the right to review a list of properties that have violated the HOA rules, such as landscape plants that are not permitted or exterior house paint colors not approved? (A.C., via …

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Estoppel Charges Adjusted for Inflation

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Q: I recently requested an estoppel certificate from our homeowners’ association to confirm the dues and fees associated with my property in connection with my selling the home. When I received the bill, the amount charged was higher than …

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Law Does Not Require Recording Rules

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Q: The board of my association recently passed a new set of rules. Do we have to record these in the county records for them to be enforceable? (G.W., via e-mail)

A: The “recording” of a legal document …

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Refund Rights Run with Title

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Q: My condominium association board assessed seven thousand dollars per unit right after the Hurricane Ian in 2022, which I paid. The board has now decided they do not need the funds and have voted to return them to …

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Roofing Changes Usually Require Member Vote

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Q: Our condominium association is thinking about changing roofing materials. Our bylaws say that a majority of the unit owners who participate in a meeting can decide any issue, “unless a specific voting percentage is stipulated in the declaration, …

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Neighbor Cries “Fowl” Over Chicken Ban

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Q: My homeowners association inconsistently enforces its rules. Rules often overlooked include bans regarding permissible animals and owning chickens on the property – none of which have been properly enforced. The association issued a new owner a violation notice, …

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“Estoppel Certificates” and Other Disclosures Explained

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Q: I am in the process of selling my condominium unit and recently come across the term “estoppel certificate,” but I’m not quite sure what it means. Could you provide an explanation on exactly what kind of information is …

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