Legislation to Help Community Associations is Moving

April 7, 2021 | Source: The CAI Florida Legislative Alliance

The CAI Florida Legislative Alliance comprehensive legislative package, Senate Bill 630 passed the Florida Senate and will move back to the House for concurrence. The Florida Legislative Alliance initiated and helped draft this much needed legislation and advocates like you have continued to support their efforts. Specifically, the bill:

  • Allows condominium associations to use the same non-binding arbitration process for dispute resolution that is currently used by homeowners associations.
  • Clarifies that board member term limits are prospective.
  • Increases the amount that can be charged for a transfer fee from $100 to $150.
  • Addresses insurance subrogation to curtail fraud and stop skyrocketing insurance rates.
  • Clarifies that associations’ emergency powers extend to a health emergency, not just a natural disaster.
The Florida House of Representative is expected to pass this version and will soon send it to Governor DeSantis to sign into law.
 
The Florida Legislative Alliance had another advocacy success on March 29 when Governor DeSantis signed SB 72 into law granting liability protection to businesses and entities from lawsuits related to COVID-19 exposure if they made a good faith effort to follow all federal, state, and local public health guidelines. As part of the Florida RESET task force, the Florida Legislative Alliance was able to make sure community associations were included in this legislation.