Governor Scott Signs Senate Bill 398- The “estoppel bill” is effective 7/1/17

By Susan P. Bakalar, Esq. Bakalar & Associates, PA CS/CS/CS/SB 398 – Estoppel Certificates The bill revises requirements for estoppel certificates for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations. Under current law, when an ownership interest in a condominium unit, cooperative unit, …

House Bill 1237 (changes to operation of a Condominium Association) Will it become law on July 1, 2017? [6-5-17]

House Bill 1237 The bill makes two main categories of changes relating to the regulation and operation of condominium associations. The changes: *Define and prohibit or restrict activities constituting a conflict of interest which may be detrimental to the unit …

Senate Bill 398 (Estoppel Certificates)- Will it become law on July 1, 2017? [6-5-17]

Senate Bill 398: The bill revises requirements for estoppel certificates for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations. Under current law, when an ownership interest in a condominium unit, cooperative unit, or homeowners’ parcel is transferred, the new owner is jointly and …

Summary of 2017 Florida Condominium and Homeowner Association Legislation

By Susan P. Bakalar, Esq. During the legislative session which ended on May 5, 2017, the Florida legislature passed 5 bills which will become law on July 1, 2017 unless some or all of the proposed bills are vetoed by …

Bad condo boards beware: Legislature passes new laws unanimously [5-4-17]

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald By Brenda Medina Published May 4, 2017 The Florida Senate on Monday gave unanimous and final approval to a bill that imposes criminal penalties on condominium violations such as electoral fraud, theft of funds …

Suntree homeowners association votes to ban sex offenders, predators from development [3-29-17]

Article Courtesy of The Florida Record By Christopher Mobley Published March 29, 2017 SUNTREE — A large residential development in Brevard County could end up having one of the most-strict housing policies in the state in terms of sexual offenders …

Miami-Dade-backed condo law reforms advance in Legislature [3-28-17]

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald By Kristen M. Clark Published March 25, 2017 TALLAHASSEE — A plan from Miami-Dade lawmakers to penalize fraud and abuse in condominium associationsearned unanimous initial approval in House and Senate committees this week. The …

Miami-Dade lawmakers want criminal penalties for fraud and abuse by condo directors [3-13-17]

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald By Brenda Medina and Erika Carrillo Published March 13, 2017 After decades of struggling against a condo regulatory system that experts say perpetuates impunity and makes it easy to commit fraud, thousands of condominium …

State fails to protect condo owners from board fraud, grand jury finds [2-8-17]

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald By Brenda Medina Published February 8, 2017 The Florida state agency that regulates condominium associations does not work to protect the tens of thousands who live in condos, resulting in extensive fraud, mismanagement and …