HOA/CONDO REFORM BILLS FILED: HB 377 + SB 734 + HB 873

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HOA REFORM BILL -- PART III

(Legislative Session 2018)

  

Bills for HOA/Condo Reforms have been filed for the 2018 Legislative Session.

 

House Representative Charlie Stone [ H 22 (R) -- Ocala ] filed House Bill 377:

The short summary of the bill:

Homeowners' Associations; Revises uses of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, & Mobile Homes Trust Fund; increases damages to which member of homeowners' association is entitled for denial of access to official records; provides cause of action for member against community association manager or management firm; prohibits reimbursement to community association manager or management firm for certain fines; provides & revises reporting requirements; provides that fine may not become lien against parcel; revises provisions relating to election of officers; provides presuit mediation for election & recall disputes; provides for binding arbitration by DBPR for certain disputes between parcel owner & homeowners' association; requires DBPR to provide training & educational programs; authorizes DBPR to enforce & ensure compliance with Homeowners' Association Act & specified rules; provides DBPR with jurisdiction to investigate certain complaints; provides cause of action against developers by HOA or nondeveloper members of HOA.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018


Senator Dennis Baxley [ S 12 (R) -- Lady Lake ] filed Senate Bill 734:

The short summary of the bill:

Homeowners’ Associations; Revising the uses of the Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund to include reimbursement of costs to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes for the administration and operation of the Homeowners’ Association Act; providing a cause of action for a member against a community association manager or management firm under certain circumstances; revising circumstances under which members other than the developer are entitled to elect at least a majority of the board of directors of the homeowners’ association, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018


Representative Manny Diaz, Jr. [ H 103 (R) -- Miami ] filed House Bill 873:

The short summary of the bill:

Homeowners' Associations; Prohibits association from hiring attorney who represents management company of association; revises and provides provisions relating to associations, including official records, inspection & copying of bylaws & rules, association websites, financial reports, use of association debit card, recall of directors, kickbacks, officers and directors, voting rights, term limits, & conflicts of interest; provides criminal penalties.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018


Senator Rene Garcia [ S 36 (R) -- Miami] filed Senate Bill 1238:

The short summary of the bill:

This will be very important bills for all folks owning property in Florida's community associations.


 

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