Labor Day has come and gone, several tropical systems are swirling in the Atlantic (you may recall that all of Florida was in panic mode awaiting Irma this time last year) and our snowbirds will be returning before we know it. Seems like a good time to discuss some of the changes made to Chapter
A Change to the Financial Reporting Requirements
Lost in all of the controversy surrounding the recent amendments to Florida’s laws governing community associations–and, in particular, the changes to condominium association laws enacted by House Bill 1237–were revisions to the financial reporting requirements for condominium and cooperative associations.
House Bill 6027 became effective on July 1 and amends provisions of Chapters 718…
Estoppels, Estoppels, Estoppels!
Effective July 1, 2017, Florida’s condominium, cooperative and mandatory homeowners’ associations (and the management companies hired by those associations) will have some certainty and guidance when dealing with requests for estoppel certificates.
Florida Statute Sections 718.116, 719.108, and 720.30851 have all been amended.
Here are just a few highlights of those amendments:
Are You Ready for E-voting?
Effective July 1, 2015, voting and the conduct of elections in resident owned communities in Florida may be done electronically. There are numerous conditions that must be met before a unit owner can vote electronically–not the least of which is that the unit or parcel owner must consent to that electronic voting.
Copying Official Records? Get Out Your Smartphone!
The recent revisions to Florida’s laws governing condominium associations, cooperative associations, and mandatory homeowners’ associations updated the procedures for producing, inspecting and copying an association’s "official records".
Effective July 1, 2013, an association in Florida’s resident owned communities can satisfy the requirement that it make its official records available for inspection and copying by:
Update on the 2013 Florida Legislative Session on “Community Matters”
As many followers of this blog may already know, House Bill 87 was signed by Florida’s Governor last Friday. This bill provides community associations with some hope that the foreclosure process–which seems to take an eternity before it concludes–will be expedited and that an association can have a meaningful voice in the foreclosure action. …
ROCs and the Effective Dates of Bylaw Amendments
Here’s yet another example of how the statutes governing condominium associations differ from those governing cooperative associations:
The members of a community association have just approved an amendment to the association’s bylaws. Exactly when does the amendment to the bylaws become effective?
Florida Statute Section 718.112(1)(b) provides that no amendment to the bylaws of a…
The Fate of HB 319 and SB 680 and Continued Confusion for ROCs
Florida’s state senators and representatives have concluded their 2012 legislative session in Tallahassee.
While House Bill 319 was overwhelmingly approved, Senate Bill 680–the companion to HB 319–never came before the Senate for a vote, thus effectively preventing either of these bills from becoming law.
Whether the failure of either bill to make…
An Update on House Bill 319 and Cooperatives
As most of the followers of this blog know, Florida’s legislature is currently in session in Tallahassee.
The bill that may be of most interest to community association managers, homeowners, and those of us that provide legal assistance and advice to ROCs-–House Bill 319–has been making its way through the various legislative…
Ballots, Proxies, and the Annual Meeting
I’ve been spending a good deal of time recently attending the annual membership meetings of a number of the ROCs we represent and helping many of our communities prepare for these meetings.
I thought I’d list a few reminders for board members and managers of condominium and cooperative associations preparing for annual meetings:
- The annual