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Community Associations affected by the 2021 legislative session (FL)

Beginning this week, this column will begin its yearly review of legislative changes affecting community associations. Today, we will start with the main bill, Senate Bill 630, which became effective July 1, 2021.  Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Palm Beach County’s strictest condo ordinance could be soon coming to Boca Raton (FL)

Tuesday night, Boca Raton City Council members will propose a new recertification ordinance stricter than the ones already in place in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.  The ordinance would be the first of its kind in Palm Beach County, establishing safety criteria for buildings subject to recertification, timeframes necessary for recertification, etc.   Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Court Affirms Miami Condo Tower Hurricane Damage Award That Disappointed Both Sides (FL)

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict that found an insurer liable for $2.6 million in damages to a Miami condominium tower caused by Hurricane Irma, rejecting arguments made in appeals filed by parties on both sides of the dispute.  Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Trial Court Order Enforces Condominium Declaration’s Pre-Suit Mediation and Arbitration Provisions (FL)

Analysis of Coach Homes II at Gran Paradiso Condominium Association, Inc. v. Lennar Homes, LLC et al, Amended Order Granting Motion to Dismiss or Stay, No. 20 CA 003307 NC (Fla. 12th Cir. Ct. June 28, 2021).    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Allegedly rampant illegal short-term rentals at Miami’s Opera Tower leads to lawsuit seeking class action (FL)

For years, the Opera Tower Condominium Association has allowed illegal short-term rentals to run rampant, causing building expenses to skyrocket and property values to crater, according to a recently filed lawsuit.   Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Gov. DeSantis says state will review condo association disclosure requirements following Surfside collapse (FL)

Gov. Ron DeSantis repeated his promise to review condo association regulations in light of the deadly building collapse in Surfside, killing at least 94 people.  DeSantis spoke Monday at a virtual event with the Florida Chamber of Commerce where he also promoted additional charitable causes to help victims of the June 24 collapse.    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Florida state legislature diverted 40% of condo owner association fees into general fund since 2008: report

The year before a 12-story building collapsed in south Florida that left at least 79 dead and 61 still unaccounted for, the state collected $13.7 million in fees from condominium owners associations, vacation timeshares and mobile home parks, but swept $5 million into the state’s general fund, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.     Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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The laws every Florida condo owner needs to know

With all eyes on the catastrophic building collapse in Surfside, Florida, condo owners, associations, and property management groups are taking another look at the safety of their own buildings.  “Boards are awake. Management companies are awake. Engineers are going to be very busy. Repair contractors are going to be very busy,” said Alan Tannenbaum, a Board Certified Construction Lawyer.     Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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DeSantis signs home-based business bill into law (FL)

Seen as a victory for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 403 into law on June 29.  The bill broadens which businesses are considered “home-based” and preempts local government regulation beyond standard zoning laws and homeowners’ association rules. It prevents local governments from creating regulations that vary from town to town and affect home-based businesses.    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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