HOA, Condo, Foreclosure Bills Approved by Governor
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) held a Town Hall meeting yesterday where about 200 community leaders from throughout Florida attended and learned the details of recently passed bills from several of the elected officials who wrote them. The photo from the meeting includes, from left: Lori Vinikoor, Executive Vice President of the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations; Rep. Debbie Mayfield, Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, Sponsor of HB 87; and Donna Berger, Esq. Executive Director of CAN. Elected officials present at the meeting included Rep. George Moraitis, Sponsor of HB73, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, Rep. Mike LaRossa, and Rep. Richard Stark.
After several fairly uneventful legislative sessions, this 2013 Legislative Session brought many changes to the way homeowner and condominium associations will be administered in the future and it has also brought some relief to associations in dealing with foreclosure issues.
HB 87 was signed into law in early June. Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, who was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is responsible for the language that will help to speed up the foreclosure process which will assist associations with collections.
HB73 and HB7119 were approved yesterday by the Governor. Both of these bills sweep through chapters 718, 719, and 720 with favorable changes such as allowing associations to print directories having residents "opt out" if they wish to not be included, to less favorable changes such as having all HOA's register with the state and provide the number of units in each association which community activists fear will cause more government regulation with fees attached.
No doubt, with the next legislative session, community activist associations will be lobbying for relief from what they perceive as adverse impacts to community association managers and associations arising from some of this new legislation.
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