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Florida Condominium & HOA News

  • Miami Homeowners Race to Sell Condos Before 2025 (FL) July 17, 2024
    Miami’s housing market is flooded with aging condos which owners are desperate to sell before strict new regulations come into force later this year, according to a recent report from ISG World.  Talking about an “impending crisis,” the report found that older condos dominate the market: nearly 90 percent of active listings in the southeast Florida city are condos that are more than 30 years old, while only 3 percent are less than a decade old.  Read the article…………………………….
  • New HOA law in Florida took effect July 1; here’s what your association can’t do anymore July 16, 2024
    With more than 300 homeowners associations registered in Sarasota County, local residents may want to check out a new law that took effect July 1.  For many Florida homeowners, that marked the day they could finally relax a little.  As of July 1, a new law limiting what homeowner associations in the state can do to their members took effect.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condos with uninsurable roofs to get Citizens’ insurance as they pursue replacement (FL) July 16, 2024
    Condominium buildings with roofs too old or too damaged to qualify for insurance will get some relief — the state’s insurer of last resort has agreed to cover the buildings if certain conditions are met.  Condos, mostly, and other commercial buildings were previously able to get insurance through the commercial insurance market for these risks.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Hundreds of St. Pete condos face inspection deadline (FL) July 16, 2024
    Condominium owners in St. Petersburg face towering uncertainty as over 200 buildings must complete Milestone Inspection Reports by Dec. 31.  A new state law requires mandatory structural studies on older condo buildings with three or more stories. Senate Bill 4-D also requires association boards to increase repair funding reserves, and many owners now face six-figure special assessment fees.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Kendall Federation PAC endorses Bryan Paz-Hernandez for Miami-Dade Commission (FL) July 16, 2024
    Bryan Paz-Hernandez’s campaign for the Miami-Dade Commission now has support from the political arm of a community-led homeowners’ association (HOA) group serving residents in the district he hopes to represent at County Hall.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Laketown Wharf Evacuation Update (FL) July 16, 2024
    Residents in 63 units have returned to their units at Laketown Wharf on Front Beach Road.  This comes after Panama City Beach officials issued a mandatory evacuation in April due to safety concerns about the structural integrity of the high-rise condominium.  According to officials they received a complaint on April 4th from a guest about unsafe stairwells in the building. Inspectors said they did an evaluation and found that two of the high-rise condominium’s stairwells were structurally unsound.     Read ...
  • Subdivision continues fines and towing after Florida HOA law banning parking restrictions goes into effect (FL) July 16, 2024
    We’ve told you about the new state law that prevents homeowners’ associations from banning pickup trucks and work trucks from parking in driveways.  It took effect July 1, and already, one Sarasota HOA is saying it will continue to hand out fines and tow vehicles under its existing regulations.  The I-Team is breaking down why the association is still enforcing parking rules despite the new law.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo seeking to evict dogs gets gobsmacking legal estimate to make their case (FL) July 14, 2024
    Question: We have a small 30-unit condominium. We have three units that have dogs, even though our governing documents prohibit pets. Two of these units have submitted emotional support animal paperwork that seems fraudulent, as they appear to have gone online and paid for certificates. As for the third unit, which has three dogs, we have sent two certified letters from our attorney asking for them to provide any paperwork or to remove the dogs, and they’ve ignored us.    ...
  • HOA Q&A: Can an Association keep deposits to use for inspection fees? (FL) July 13, 2024
    Q: I just moved into my home. I was shocked to learn that money posted as a security deposit with the Association for work on my home is not wholly returned. The Association retains $300 of each deposit for its “inspection fees.” Is the HOA required by law to return such deposits once the work is completed?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Does law now require condo owners pay catch-up fees for years when reserves were waived? (FL) July 12, 2024
    Question: For the last two years, my fellow condominium board members have been running around with their hair on fire because we have been told the new Florida statutes require us to not only fully fund reserves on an annual basis beginning next year, but also to replace the approximately $4 million that would have been in our reserve accounts had we not waived funding reserves over the last 50 years.  A recent webinar I attended disputed that and said ...
  • Skeptics see little benefit from law helping with hurricane prep grants (FL) July 11, 2024
    Under a new state law, condominium associations as of July 1 theoretically were able to apply for grants of up to $175,000 to make improvements to strengthen their properties against hurricane damage, but the details and the logistics of the application process will make it practically impossible to get anything done in time for the current hurricane season.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo buildings with uninsurable roofs to get Citizens’ coverage as they pursue replacement (FL) July 11, 2024
    Condominium buildings with roofs too old or too damaged to qualify for insurance will get some relief — the state’s insurer of last resort has agreed to cover the buildings if certain conditions are met.  Condos, mostly, and other commercial buildings were previously able to get insurance through the commercial insurance market for these risks. But the hardening underwriting market has left a gap     Read the article…………………………….
Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association News Archives

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Articles

  • Florida Creates New Grant Program For Condominiums To Replace Roof, Windows, And Other Hurricane Protections
    The Florida legislature has recently introduced a new mechanism for condominium associations to receive inspections and potentially government funds to improve their properties. These changes may be found in Florida Statutes, Section 215.5587, which was created through House Bill 1029. This new law takes effect on July 1, 2024 and creates the My Safe Florida Condominium Pilot Program (the “Pilot Program”). Pursuant to the Pilot Program, condominium associations may receive inspections from licensed inspectors and grants to further protect the ...
  • How Do Florida’s New Homeowners & Condo Association Laws Affect You?
    A number of the bills Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on May 31 of this year will have far-reaching effects on homeowners (HOAs) and condominium associations, licensed community association managers (LCAMs) and home and condo owners themselves.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Should I consider mediation for an HOA dispute? (FL)
    Homeowner associations (HOAs) play an important role in maintaining community harmony and property values. The HOA achieves this balance by working to ensure those within the community follow the rules. There are times when people do not agree, when a conflict over an HOA rule may arise.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Review of Condo Law Changes Continues (FL)
    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 aspects of condominium statute violations.  Today we will look at more changes to the condominium laws, which became effective July 1, 2024.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 2024 Legislative Update: Changes to Statutes Governing Condominium Associations (FL)
    Eisinger Law is pleased to provide you with a summary of the most recent and relevant changes effectuated by the Florida Legislature, (the “Legislature”), and the Governor of the State of Florida, to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, (the “Condominium Act”), and other Florida Statutes which affect condominiums. Please keep in mind that the effective date of each such legislative change is July 1, 2024, unless otherwise specifically noted.     Read the article (PDF)…………………………….
  • Emotional Support Animals: All Bark and Bite A Community Association Perspective (FL)
    The Federal Fair Housing Act 42 USC 3601 (the “FHA”) requires housing providers to modify or make exceptions to policies governing animals when it may be necessary to permit persons with disabilities to utilize animals. The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Behind on COA assessments? Your COA may do these things (FL)
    When a resident moves into a condominium, they may have an idea of what to expect as they join their local Condominium Owners Association (COA). This could be the payment of assessments for maintenance and building policies.  However, life sometimes gets hectic which makes it hard to fulfill financial obligations. This is one of the most common disputes between tenants and COAs. What can a condo resident expect if they fall behind on assessments?     Read the article…………………………….
  • Appellate Ruling and New Florida Laws Stress Open Records in Community Associations
    The ruling was issued by Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal in a lawsuit filed by owners against their homeowners’ association, the Wayside Estates Homeowners Association located near Orlando in Sanford. The suit, which was brought by owners and association members William Pecchia and Kathleen Porter, stemmed from a formal request they issued to the HOA in 2019 for it to make certain records available to them for inspection as required by law.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Annual Legislative Review Begins (FL)
    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 notable exception in that not much “good” appears to have been done.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Which Flag Can You Fly? (FL)
    We all know that the statutes for both condos and HOAs state that owners may display a United States flag in a respectful way, and on certain other days, flags that represent the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, or Coast Guard, regardless of any provisions in the governing documents dealing with flags or decorations. The HOA statute even allows for the flying of first responder flags.   Read the article…………………………….
Florida Article Archives

 

Florida Laws

The Condominium Act, Chapter 718, F.S.

The Cooperative Act, Chapter 719, F.S.

The Florida Mobile Home Act, Chapter 723, F.S.

The Florida Vacation Plan and Timesharing Act, Chapter 721, F.S.

Homeowners’ Associations, Chapter 720, F.S. (jurisdiction limited to arbitration of election and recall disputes)

Community Association Management

Condominiums and Cooperatives – Building Reporting
718.501(3)(a), F.S./Senate Bill SB4D requires all condominium and cooperative associations with buildings 3 stories or higher to report the following information to the Division of Florida Condominium, Timeshares and Mobile Homes on or before January 1, 2023.

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Resources

Condominium Associations

The mission of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes is to provide consumer protection for Florida residents living in the communities we regulate through education, complaint resolution, mediation and arbitration, and developer disclosure.

 

Homeowners’ Associations

The division has authority to arbitrate election and recall disputes under Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. However, the division does not have authority to investigate complaints under Chapter 720, Florida Statutes.

Arbitration

The Laws

Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes   The mission is to provide consumer protection for Florida residents living in the communities we regulate through education, complaint resolution, mediation and arbitration, and developer disclosure.

CAM License Search/Check

Condominium Ombudsman

 

City of Miami HOA Contacts: Certain applications (such a special events & temporary use permits) require you to send letters to Homeowner Association (HOA) Lists. Click here for the list. These are organized by district.

FL_CAN_originalCommunity Association Networking Group

C.A.N. provides monthly educational seminars for association managers & board members, no membership required! Our mission is to offer the most current information available covering the topics that matter to you, delivered by top professionals in their field! What makes C.A.N. different is the delivery of our presentations. We provide several professionals to cover each topic, so that you receive interactive information, from every angle. In addition, we set aside time for your individual questions at every meeting. At Community Association Network, we made the conscience decision to limit the number of service providers who attend and sponsor our meetings, so that our audience can focus on receiving the information they need. Best of all, every event is held at a beautiful location, includes a full breakfast or lunch and PARTICIPATION IS ALWAYS FREE! Come and join us for our monthly breakfast or lunch meetings! RSVP on the Events page.


 

Community Association Institute Chapters

CAI – Gold Coast Chapter –

CAI – North Gulf Coast Chapter 

CAI –South Gulf Coast Chapter 

CAI – Central Florida Chapter

CAI – Southeast Florida Chapter

CAI – Suncoast Chapter

CAI – West Florida Chapter

Community Advocacy Network – Florida The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is the leading statewide advocacy network dedicated to promoting positive community association legislation while advising legislators to resist the urge to micromanage and over-regulate private residential communities. .

Broward Coalition of Condominiums, Homeowner Associations and Community Organizations, Inc. – For over thirty years, the Broward Coalition has successfully worked to bring Condominium and Homeowner Associations from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties together for updated information and education. Our voices and concerns are well known in the three counties, and Governor’s office, throughout the State of Florida and up to the halls of Congress. Many of our members include leaders of the Communities, Elected Officials and Corporate Business Partners.

Treasure Coast Communities Association, Inc. – The Treasure Coast Communities Association, Inc. is an Organization of Condominium, Cooperative and Homeowner Associations honed to Protect, Preserve and Enhance Owner Rights and Equities.

Cyber Citizens for Justice was founded to unite Floridians in their quest to improve the daily lives of citizens in our State. We are seeking to present citizens’ interest in Florida through advocacy, education and legislative reform.

Tri-County Communities Association – Tri County Communities Association holds educational seminars monthly from January through April for community association and management company members.

Community Association Managers of Marco Island – The Community Association Managers of Marco Island is dedicated to furthering the profession of community association management through education and networking

Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. – The purpose of the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, Inc. shall be to promote the general welfare of the Kendall Community by identifying and addressing quality of life issues and matters of concern through a Federation of Homeowner Associations. The Human Equation’s

Condo Craze & HOA’s radio show on WFTL AM850 Sunday’s at noon (also streamed live)

 Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association

Key Biscayne Condominium President’s Council

 

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Blogs

Florida Condominium & Homeowner Association Legal Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

 HOA Law Group

Stage & Associates

Community Association Law Group – For the Association

The CAM Team

Community Association Resource Group

Florida HOA & Condo Blog

Gerstin & Associates

Jimerson & Cobb P.A. Condominium Law

AriasBosinger

Rembaum’s Association Roundup

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