They’re Cracking Under Our Pressure

They’re Cracking under our Pressure

This will be a BUSY week in the Capital. HB 203 – Tuesday, February 2nd 10:30 a.m. The dreaded “Home Tax Bill,” HB 203, will be heard tomorrow by another committee- Business and Professions. CAN continues to galvanize all state and national community association groups to create one voice and defeat powerful special interests. Cleverly, special interest groups plan to shift their costs onto you, simply because you live or own property in a community association. It’s a very sneaky way to tax homeownership, without you even knowing it. More Terrible Bills to Haunt you: SB 1122 - Tuesday, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m. $500 anyone? Senate Bill 1122. Regulated Industries Committee. This bill needs to be on your radar because it’s another bad one. Senate Bill 1122 forces HOAs (regulated under Florida Chapter 720) to be under the same regulation as Condos (regulated under Florida Chapter 718). There are numerous issues with this bill but here are a few big ones you need to know about. The first relates to a records request made on behalf of a homeowner living in an HOA. Every day your HOA is delinquent in providing requested records, your association may be fined up to $500 per day. If an individual CAM/Manager or Management Company are responsible for providing the records, they will be fined $500 per day and cannot be reimbursed or protected from having to pay. Can you think of any abuses that will result in crazy lawsuits demanding your association, your Manager and your management company pay $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day. $500 per day.

You get the point. Lots of unnecessary attorneys fees, costs and money will need to budgeted and paid. The second biggest issue this bill creates are required certification classes for members, boards and managers of HOAs. Sounds helpful right? Not exactly – because it’s going to cost you. Each association would be charged annually $2 per unit to cover the cost of these courses regardless of whether someone from your association actually attends. There are 9 million people living in Florida Community Associations. Another sneaky way for the Legislature to tax us without calling it a “Tax.”

Opening day of 2016 Legislative Session

Opening day of 2016 Legislative Session

HB 1357 - Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. House Bill 1357 another Terrible Bill heard tomorrow, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. by the same committee. This bill would greatly reduce your association’s ability to collect delinquent accounts. CAN formed a Legislative Alliance with (CAI) the Community Association Institute, an international organization with more than 33,000 members and 60 chapters, giving CAN’s Petition more supporters, momentum and weight.

SCCA President Roger Kesselbach symbolically “smashes the home tax” at the State Capital in Tallahassee. On January 23rd, SCCA President, Roger Kesselbach, participated in an interview with radio host Gene Sullivan of WWTC radio regarding the Home Tax Bill. To hear the podcast, click HERE (note: Roger’s interview starts around the 8 minute mark). We continue to do our best working on your behalf. CAN, like your Community Association is a Not-for-Profit working hard to protect the interests of the 9 million folks in Florida living in condos and neighborhood associations like yours. Please support our sponsors that help us continue to provide you information before your community is rocked with new government fees and regulations. Stay tuned… We promise to continue to keep you posted on these proposed bills in a CAN Alert later this week. Yours in Community,

Alan Garfinkel

Community Association Network (CAN)

Chairman of the Board of Directors



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