2017 Legislative Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

On June 26, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 1237, changing or amending a number of statutes regulating condominium associations.

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Client Alert: Update: Community Associations’ Estoppel Certificates

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Monica Johnson

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Jonathan J. Ellis

On June 14, 2017, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 398, enacting it into law.  The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, amends sections 718.116, 720.30851, and 719.108, Florida Statutes, regarding condominium, homeowners and cooperative association estoppel certificates.  The amendments provide the following changes to the statutes:

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions

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Monica Johnson

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (“SWFWMD”), the agency responsible for managing and protecting water resources of southwest Florida, has declared that Modified Phase III water shortage restrictions are in effect from June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017 in several counties, including Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota, and portions of surrounding counties within SWFWMD’s jurisdiction. Continue reading

Short Term Rentals

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Tara Donovan

Does your Community Association have sufficient protections in place for Short-Term Vacation Rentals?

With the rise in short-term rentals through popular sites like Airbnb, Inc. and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), homeowners and condominium associations face new challenges in policing owners who violate restrictions against short-term leasing.  This is especially true in Florida where many people seek out vacation rentals every year.  Not only does this type of activity promote continuous violations of an association’s governing documents, but it presents privacy and security issues as well.  Continue reading

The Role of the Community Association in Neighbor vs Neighbor Disputes

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Clinton Morrell

Neighbor vs neighbor disputes are frequently a part of life in community associations. Common examples may include an owner allowing his dog to use his neighbor’s yard or an owner dumping trash on his neighbor’s yard. Although they may initially be trivial, these neighbor vs neighbor disputes can escalate into bitter personal rivalries. While many community associations believe it is necessary to intervene in an attempt to ensure good relations between neighbors, an association should only take action in such disputes when doing so is clearly within the scope of the community association’s purpose. Continue reading

2017 Proposed Legislation Regarding Florida Statutes, Chapter 718

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Jonathan J. Ellis

In recent legislation, Senate Bills 1258 and 1682 and House Bills 1001 and 1237 seek to amend Florida Statutes, Chapter 718.

Senate Bill 1258 and House Bill 1001 seek to fine directors who knowingly violate any Association bylaw or statutes.

Senate Bill 1682 and House Bill 1237 are more complex and seek, among other things, to: Continue reading