Florida Appeals Decision Clarifies Property Tax Liability on Condos With Land Leases

Article Courtesy of The Daily Business Review By Noah B. Tennyson Published January 24, 2018 In a recent Florida appellate decision, titled Beach Club Towers Homeowners Association v. Chris Jones, Property Appraiser for Escambia County, Florida, 2017 WL 4526773, (Fla. …

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 …