PRIORITY BILLS

Legislative Session 2018

CONDOMINIUMS (FS 718)

HB 123 -- Rep. Emily Slosberg -- Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations

Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations; Prohibits bullying or harassment of certain association members; provides association requirements; provides civil penalties; provides immunity from certain causes of action for damages. WOULD THAT INCLUDE THE ACTIONS OF LAWYERS?


HB 841 -- Rep. George Moraitis -- Community Associations

Community Associations; Revises condominium association recordkeeping & financial reporting requirements; revising provisions related to required association bylaws; authorizes associations to adopt rules for posting certain notices on website; provides responsibilities for owners who receive electronic notices; revises and provides board member recall & challenge requirements; authorizes attorney fees & costs in action to challenge validity of board member recall; removes provision relating to certain contracts or transactions regarding conflicts of interest; provides requirements for proposed activity that is identified as conflict of interest; revises fine & suspension requirements; revises time period for classification as bulk assignee or buyer; revises requirements to serve as board member; prohibits board members from voting via e-mail; provides directors or officers delinquent in payments are deemed to have abandoned office; specifies certain services obtained through bulk contract are common expenses; revises requirements, funding formulas, & exceptions for reserve accounts; provides requirements for special meetings to consider substitute annual budgets; revises election requirements in ch. 720. THIS BILL DOESN'T EVEN DESERVE A COMMITTEE HEARING!


HB 873 -- Rep. Manny Diaz -- Homeowners' Associations

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. VERY GOOD OWNER-FRIENDLY BILL!


CO-OPERATIVES (FS 719)

HB 841 -- Rep. George Moraitis -- Community Associations

Community Associations; Revises condominium association recordkeeping & financial reporting requirements; revising provisions related to required association bylaws; authorizes associations to adopt rules for posting certain notices on website; provides responsibilities for owners who receive electronic notices; revises and provides board member recall & challenge requirements; authorizes attorney fees & costs in action to challenge validity of board member recall; removes provision relating to certain contracts or transactions regarding conflicts of interest; provides requirements for proposed activity that is identified as conflict of interest; revises fine & suspension requirements; revises time period for classification as bulk assignee or buyer; revises requirements to serve as board member; prohibits board members from voting via e-mail; provides directors or officers delinquent in payments are deemed to have abandoned office; specifies certain services obtained through bulk contract are common expenses; revises requirements, funding formulas, & exceptions for reserve accounts; provides requirements for special meetings to consider substitute annual budgets; revises election requirements in ch. 720. THIS BILL DOESN'T EVEN DESERVE A COMMITTEE HEARING!


 

HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS (FS 720)

HB 123 -- Rep. Emily Slosberg -- Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations

Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations; Prohibits bullying or harassment of certain association members; provides association requirements; provides civil penalties; provides immunity from certain causes of action for damages. WOULD THAT INCLUDE THE ACTIONS OF LAWYERS?


HB 377 -- Rep. Charlie Stone -- HOAs -- Companion Bill SB 734

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.  EXCELLENT BILL!


HB 625 -- Rep. John Cortes -- Community Associations

Community Associations; Establishes Office of Community Association Hearings; transfers powers & responsibilities of arbitrators to community association hearing officers; authorizes community association hearing officers to hold hearings & impose sanctions; revises & provides requirements for alternative dispute resolution for homeowners' associations. WE CAN REALLY DO WITHOUT!


SB 734 -- Senator Dennis Baxley -- HOAs -- Companion Bill HB 377
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. EXCELLENT BILL!


HB 873 -- Rep. Manny Diaz -- Homeowners' Associations

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. VERY GOOD OWNER-FRIENDLY BILL!


HB 841 -- Rep. George Moraitis -- Community Associations

Community Associations; Revises condominium association recordkeeping & financial reporting requirements; revising provisions related to required association bylaws; authorizes associations to adopt rules for posting certain notices on website; provides responsibilities for owners who receive electronic notices; revises and provides board member recall & challenge requirements; authorizes attorney fees & costs in action to challenge validity of board member recall; removes provision relating to certain contracts or transactions regarding conflicts of interest; provides requirements for proposed activity that is identified as conflict of interest; revises fine & suspension requirements; revises time period for classification as bulk assignee or buyer; revises requirements to serve as board member; prohibits board members from voting via e-mail; provides directors or officers delinquent in payments are deemed to have abandoned office; specifies certain services obtained through bulk contract are common expenses; revises requirements, funding formulas, & exceptions for reserve accounts; provides requirements for special meetings to consider substitute annual budgets; revises election requirements in ch. 720. THIS BILL DOESN'T EVEN DESERVE A COMMITTEE HEARING!


SB 1238 -- Senator Rene Garcia -- Homeowners' Associations

Homeowners’ Associations; Prohibiting an association from hiring an attorney who represents the management company of the association; requiring an association to provide members with a copy of the most recent annual financial report or a written notice detailing how to obtain such report; prohibiting an officer, director, or manager from soliciting, offering to accept, or accepting a kickback for which consideration has not been provided; providing requirements and procedures relating to conflicts of interest, etc. VERY GOOD OWNER-FRIENDLY BILL!


SB 1274 -- Senator Kathleen Passidomo --  Community Associations

Community Associations; Deleting a provision prohibiting an association from hiring an attorney who represents the management company of the association; revising voting requirements relating to alterations and additions to certain common elements or association property; revising cooperative association recordkeeping requirements; prohibiting a board member from voting via e-mail, etc. GOOD AND BAD! SOME PROPOSED CHANGES ARE HORRIBLE!


 

MARKETABLE RECORD TITLE ACT

SB 266 -- Senator Kathleen Passidomo -- Covenants and Restrictions

Covenants and Restrictions; Designating the “Marketable Record Title Act”; revising the notice filing requirements for a person claiming an interest in land and other rights; exempting a specified summary notice and amendment from certain notice content requirements; authorizing the parcel owners of a community not subject to a homeowners’ association to use specified procedures to revive certain covenants or restrictions, subject to certain exceptions and requirements, etc. CAREFUL!


HB 617 -- Rep. Katie Edwards -- Covenants and Restrictions

Covenants and Restrictions; Authorizes certain parcel owners of a community not subject to HOA to use specified procedures to revive certain covenants or restrictions; revises interests & rights protected by filing for record within specified timeframe; revises & provides provisions relating to covenants and restrictions, including extinguishment, validity of notice, length of time certain covenants and restrictions are preserved, filing of notices, notice content requirements, requirements of property associations, & validity & enforceability. CAREFUL!


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