HOA REGISTRATION + EDUCATION

By Jan Bergemann 
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.

Published October 1, 2013

   

Today is the day to start to register your HOA -- if you are the community association manager or a board member of a self-managed HOA. House Bill 7119 created the provision that requires all HOAs to register on the website created by the DBPR:

 http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hoa.html

 

This is the wording of FS720.303(13): 

(13) REPORTING REQUIREMENT. -- The community association manager or management firm, or the association when there is no community association manager or management firm, shall report to the division by November 22, 2013, in a manner and form prescribed by the division.

  
(a) The report shall include the association’s:
1. Legal name.
2. Federal employer identification number.
3. Mailing and physical addresses.
4. Total number of parcels.
5. Total amount of revenues and expenses from the association’s annual budget.

  
(b) For associations in which control of the association has not been transitioned to nondeveloper members, as set forth in s. 720.307, the report shall also include the developer’s:
1. Legal name.
2. Mailing address.
3. Total number of parcels owned on the date of reporting.

 
(c) The reporting requirement provided in this subsection shall be a continuing obligation on each association until the required information is reported to the division.

 
(d) By October 1, 2013, the department shall establish and implement a registration system through an Internet website that provides for the reporting requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b).

  
(e) The department shall prepare an annual report of the data reported pursuant to this subsection and present it to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 1, 2013, and each year thereafter.

 
(f) The division shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

 
(g) This subsection shall expire on July 1, 2016, unless reenacted by the Legislature.

 

The website is easy to use -- tutorials supplied. The information needed to supply with registration is easily available in your HOA records and your latest Annual Business Report. 

 

So, let's see how many folks are willing to follow the laws. And since it is a provision of FS 720 CAMs should really pay attention. The same bill that created the registration requirements for HOAs created this provision in FS 468.436(2) Disciplinary proceedings:

7. Violating any provision of chapter 718, chapter 719, or chapter 720 during the course of performing community association management services pursuant to a contract with a community association as defined in s. 468.431(1).

 

HOA BOARD CERTIFICATION SEMINARS

 

The same bill created as well the requirement for newly elected board members to certify in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read the association’s declaration of covenants, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written rules and policies or provide the secretary with an educational certificate stating that the board member has satisfactorily completed an educational curriculum administered by a division-approved education provider [FS 720.3033(1)].

 

These are the magic words: An educational curriculum administered by a division-approved education provider. It seems that quite a lot of folks advertise these seminars -- without being DIVISION-APPROVED.

Other "providers" seem to think that they are automatically approved since they were approved for the Condo Board Certification Educational Curriculums. NOT SO!

 

This is the latest list of Division Approved Education Curriculums -- according to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes:

Title of Course:

CONDO CRAZE & HOA'S

Course Location:

Various locations all over the State. Please click on this banner to see location and register for the seminars:

Course Sponsor:

Law Firm of Glazer & Associates, P.A.

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

http://www.condo-laws.com/ 

  

Title of Course:

Certainly Certifiable Board Member Certification Course

Course Location:

Various in Central and Northeast Florida

Course Sponsor:

South Milhausen, P.A. (Attorneys John Christensen or Marlene Kirtland)

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

Contact Info:

www.southmilhausen.com

fgonzalez@southmilhausen.com ; 4075391638

 

Title of Course:

HOA Board Member Certification

Course Location:

Various

Course Sponsor:

Kaye Bender Rembaum – Attorneys at Law

Cost of Attendance: No Fee

Website:

Contact info:

www.KBRLegal.com

Info@kbrlegal.com ; (954) 9280680

   

Title of Course:

HOA Board Member Basics

Course Location:

Margate, Orlando

Course Sponsor:

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Law Firm

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

Contact info:

www.kgblawfirm.com

dschick@kgblawfirm.com ; (954) 315-0372

   

Title of Course:

Board Certification: HOA – Condominium – Coop

Course Location:

Locations throughout Tampa

Course Sponsor:

Vanguard Management Group; UManage online

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

Contact info:

www.vanguardmanagementgroup.com

info@vanguardmanagementgroup.com ; (813) 930-8036 ext. 300

  

Title of Course:

Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Board Member – But Were Afraid to Ask!

Course Location:

Various

Course Sponsor:

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

   

Contact info:

www.callbp.com/events.php
www.becker-poliakoff.com

dzayas@becker-poliakoff.com ; (954) 364-6012

    

Title of Course:

Understanding Florida’s Community Association Law for HOA’s

Course Location:

Various

Course Sponsor:

Divine & Estes, PA

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

N/a

Contact Info:

(407) 4269500

    

Title of Course:

Florida Homeowners Board Education Course

Course Location:

Various

Course Sponsor:

Florida CAM Schools, LLC

Cost of Attendance:

$59 – classroom/$63.13 Correspondence

Website:

http://www.floridacamschools.com

   

Title of Course:

Board of Directors Certification: HOA & Condominium

Course Location:

Throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties

Course Sponsor:

Gerstin & Associates

Cost of Attendance:

No Fee

Website:

www.gerstin.com

Contact Info:

(561) 7503456 ; contact@gerstin.com

 

These are the division-approved HOA education providers! That's it!

Don't waste your time with attending seminars that are not Division-Approved!


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