FIGHTING OVER NONSENSE?
Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published April 7, 2015
be really honest: The Florida legislators are doing anything but trying to
enact bills that will help their constituents. They fight over nonsense,
create bills that make very little sense and just fill up the book of
Florida laws that create nothing but more confusion and law suits.
year again they failed to even discuss the bills that would finally create
a regulatory agency to protect 2.65 million families owning property in
the years the
all mandatory homeowners in
the State of
every association to
maintain insurance or a fidelity bond for all persons who control or
disburse funds of the association. The reasoning of boards failing to follow the law: Why should we spend
money as long as nobody forces us to follow the law?
Developers to follow more
detailed turn-over requirements. The answer of many developers: Why
should we follow the new laws? The owners are not organized enough and
don’t have the money to sue us to enforce these laws.
a few examples how little all these new laws really impact these
year, State Representative Halsey Beshears [Distr. 7 (R)], the chairman of
the House Business & Professions Subcommittee, answered my question
why he didn’t add our HOA Reform Bill H 1263 to the committee
agenda saying that Representative Mike LaRosa didn’t have the bill ready
for hearing (???) and that there was much opposition to the bill.
Excuse me? Sure, there will always be much opposition to such a bill –
coming from so-called HOA service-providers --
because owners protected by nearly unenforceable laws are much
easier to fleece -- and dictatorial board members who are afraid that a
regulatory agency will end their reign of terror and financial
play the numbers’ game: A few thousand loud-mouthed service-providers
oppose a bill that would help more than 2.65 million families here in
Instead legislators waste their time with pushing bills that should not have been filed in the first place – because these bills will have very little impact and just add to the confusion of all people involved.
1211/S 870 deals with
voting procedures and electronic voting in community associations. In all
honesty, the legislators should first create reasonable rules in regards
to elections. FS 720 leaves it to the ideas of bylaws (meaning the
interpretation of sitting board members) on how elections in HOAs are
conducted. Election fraud runs rampant in
736 deals with the cost of
estoppel letters. What a joke! An estoppel letter should not cost more
than $ 100.
are just some examples how Florida’s legislators are wasting their
precious 60 days of the annual legislative session, instead of working on
issues that would create much needed protection against abuses and
financial mischief for Florida home and condo owners.