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Powerful Florida Senate Regulated Industries Kicks-Off First 2021 Interim Committee Meeting with Community Associations Bill

Community association issues are getting off to a prompt start when the Florida Senate’s Regulated Industries Committee meets on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 to take up SB 56 which relates to Community Association Assessment Notices.

To view the agenda, click here.

SB 56, one of the only two community association-related bills filed to date in either the Florida House of Representatives or the Florida Senate, is sponsored by Ana Maria Rodriguez (R) from Miami-Dade’s Doral area.  Together with SB 630, which is sponsored by veteran legislator Dennis Baxley, the two bills cover a swath of homeowners association and condominium statute citations from Chapters 718, 719 and 720, F.S.

With an early start in the legislative process and only the Community Affairs and Rules committees to pass after its first stop in Regulated Industries, SB 56 or its components appear poised for a fast track.

Among its provisions relating to community association notices, SB 56 would:

  • Require condominium associations to maintain specified affirmative acknowledgments as their official records
  • Revise timeframes for foreclosure judgments
  • Require condominium associations to deliver certain statements of account to unit owners in a specified manner
  • Require condominium associations to give notice to unit owners before changing the method of delivery for the statements of account
  • Require cooperative associations to maintain specified affirmative acknowledgments as official records of the association

At this time, only SB 630 contains a provision amending S. 627.714, F.S. relating to residential condominium unit owner insurance coverage and requirements for loss assessment coverage.

More of an omnibus-style bill, SB 630 would also:

  • Authorize a condominium association to extinguish discriminatory restrictions
  • Providing requirements for natural gas fuel stations on property governed by condominium associations
  • Authorize parties to initiate pre-suit mediation under certain circumstances
  • Revise the allowable uses of certain escrow funds withdrawn by developers

The Senate’s Regulated Industries meeting is part of a packed second week in the Florida Legislature’s Interim Committee Meetings schedule preceding the March 2 start of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session.

At the January 26 meeting, Regulated Industries’ legislative staff members will provide Senators with a traditional overview of the Committee’s jurisdiction.

A livestream of the meeting will be available on both http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/VideoSchedule and TheFloridaChannel.org.

Chaired by Senator Travis Hutson (R) from northeast Florida and Vice Chaired by Broward County’s Lauren Book (D), the Regulated Industries Committee consists of the following members:

Senator Ben Albritton (R)                                                                 Senator Joe Gruters (R)                                                                                                         Senator Ed Hooper (R)                                                                                         Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R)                                                                                  Senator Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R)                                                                               Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)                                                                                    Senator Linda Stewart (D)

 

Eisinger Law is a multi-practice Florida law firm focused on community association law, real estate law, developer representation, civil/commercial litigation, insurance law, estate planning and probate. ​For more information, visit eisingerlaw.com or call 954-894-8000.