H 7119 -- Homeowners’ Associations

GENERAL BILL by Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee ; Representative Mike LaRosa; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Frank Artiles ; Joe Gibbons ; Ricardo Rangel

An act relating to homeowners' associations; amending s. 468.436, F.S.; providing grounds for disciplinary actions against community association managers; amending s. 720.303, F.S.; requiring official records to be maintained within a specified distance of the association for a specified time; authorizing associations to maintain such records online; requiring associations to allow a member to use a portable device to make an electronic copy of the official records and prohibiting associations from charging a fee for such an electronic copy; removing provisions allowing the association to charge fees for personnel costs related to records access; requiring budgets to designate permissible uses of reserve accounts; requiring a community association manager, or the association in the absence of a community association manager, to report certain information to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, Mobile Homes; providing an expiration date for the reporting requirements; creating s. 720.3033, F.S.; requiring association directors to file with the association secretary written certification that they have read certain association documents, will uphold the documents, and will uphold their fiduciary responsibility to the members; providing for an educational certificate in lieu of written certification; providing that such certification is valid while the director is on the board; providing penalties for failure to file such certification; requiring the association to retain such certification for 5 years; requiring the board to follow specified procedures relating to contracts or transactions between the association and certain entities; providing for disclosure of the contract or transaction to members; providing for the cancellation of such contract or transaction under certain circumstances; prohibiting any association officer, director, or manager from soliciting or receiving certain personal benefits from any person providing or offering to provide goods or services to the association; providing for removal from office for violations; providing an exception; providing for the removal of any director or officer charged with a felony theft or embezzlement offense involving association funds or property; providing for the reinstatement of such person under certain circumstances; prohibiting a member with pending criminal charges from certain positions; requiring the association to maintain insurance or a bond to cover funds that will be in the custody of the association or its management agent; providing a definition; authorizing an association to waive the requirement of obtaining an insurance policy or fidelity bond under certain conditions; amending s. 720.306, F.S.; requiring the association to provide copies of amendments to the governing documents to members under certain conditions; revising procedures for the election of directors; amending s. 720.307, F.S.; providing additional circumstances for authorizing members to elect a majority of association board members; providing circumstances under which members other than the developer are authorized to elect a specified number of members to the board of directors; amending s. 720.3075, F.S.; providing public policy regarding amendments to governing documents in associations under developer control; amending s. 720.3085, F.S.; defining the term "previous owner" to exclude certain associations from provisions relating to the liability of previous owners of parcels for unpaid assessments; limiting a present owner's liability for certain assessments; providing an effective date.

Effective Date: July 1, 2013


Last Action: 06/10/2013 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor


Referred to Judiciary Committee

Favorable with CS by Judiciary Committee: YEAS 16; NAYS 0

Favorable (final action): YEAS 13; Nays 0

House Sponsor Representative Mike LaRosa explains the HOA REFORM BILL H 7119 to the members of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee