Week Two: March Madness

March is known for the annual college basketball tournament known as March Madness - 64 teams all vying for one title.

But as the second week of Florida's 2017 Legislative Session draws to a close, it's been a March without much madness. As always, The Community Association Network is storming the court, helping keep bad bills for homeowners and associations in the locker. Let's dive into this week's legislative update.

Estoppel-ing the Madness?

The highest priority bill for community associations and homeowners remains the estoppel bills, SB 398 and HB 483. While both bills passed through committees this week, several excellent compromises were made benefiting associations and residents.

Again thanks to constructive, ongoing conversations with Senator Passidomo and Representative Donalds, it appears that reasonable solutions for estoppels will continue moving forward. Nice work team!

Some of the rest

The past weeks, we've shared a number of bills that CAN is keeping a close eye on. Those bills would regulate cable agreements, insurance coverage, requirements when providing records to homeowners, issues with retrofitting and local fire codes, and more.

This week, we're sharing another batch of bills we're watching. Remember, just because a bill was filed doesn't mean it's going to pass. Only a small fraction of bills are even heard in the legislative committees they're referred to, an even smaller fraction pass the House or Senate, and even fewer will be signed into law.

Regardless, CAN will continue watching them all - and we'll notify you if we need you to take action for community associations.

HB 713: Homeowners' Associations

Filed by Emily Slosberg of Boca Raton, this bill prohibits certain fines, special assessments, and interest & late charges being imposed.

HB 1001: Condominium fines & officer recalls

Filed by Rep. Joe Geller of Aventura, provides fines for officers & directors committing certain offenses, such as felony theft or embezzlement, and authorizes the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares & Mobile Homes to recall officers or board members charged with or indicted.

SB 744: Community association notices

Filed by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo of Naples, this bill authorizes an association to adopt rules for posting certain notices on a website, revises provisions relating to required condominium and cooperative association bylaws, and prohibits a board member from voting via e-mail.

SB 1186: Homeowners' association amendments

Filed by Sen. Randolph Bracy of Ocoee, this bill specifies requirements for amending a homeowners' association declaration, provides that nonmaterial errors or omissions don't invalidate a properly adopted amendment, and provides that an amendment restricting a parcel owner's ability to rent his or her property applies only to parcel owners who consent, or to those who acquire their parcel after July 1, 2017.

Game clock keeps running

As always, CAN is monitoring additional bills and amendments that affect you. The legislative session lasts 60 days. While the Session game clock ticks down, we've got our eye on the ball for you, no matter the Legislative madness.

Yours in Community,

Alan Garfinkel

Community Association Network (CAN)

Chairman of the Board of Directors




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