Florida Laws now up for discussion that could affect our community

  Bills Introduced that could affect  Bristol Lakes and many other HOA's

 

There are several bills in the Florida State Legislature threatening community associations, and we need you to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose these harmful bills. We're currently tracking SB824/HB987, a bill that would force HOAs and condos to accept short term vacation rentals such as Airbnb and Homeaway. We're also tracking SB610, a bill that would impose exposure of a third-degree felony on volunteer board members who make a mistake as a board member related to providing association records, violating bylaws, and more. We've provided ways you can take action and additional background information about these bills below.

We're asking you to send two emails on two separate issues:

  • Email 1: Urge the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and The House Committee on Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee to oppose SB824/HB987.
  • Email 2: Urge the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Committee to oppose SB610.

SB824/HB987: LANDLORDS SEEK TO PREEMPT HOA AND CONDO GOVERNING DOCUMENTS AND FORCE COMMUNITIES TO ACCEPT SHORT TERM RENTALS

Bills have been introduced in the Florida legislature, SB824/HB987, that purport to protect property rights of homeowners and preempt short-term vacation rental and leasing covenants in homeowners associations and condominiums. SB824/HB987 are bad bills for Florida homeowners, HOAs, and condo communities.

The Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and The House Committee on Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee will hear the bill on Tuesday, March 26. 

Take Action #1: For your first email, urge committee members to oppose SB824/HB987. Help protect Florida homeowners from landlords and out-of-state businesses buying and renting properties in your communities for a profit to their shareholders. We encourage you to customize your emails with stories about how this bill would affect you and your community association. Elected officials depend on constituent stories like yours to inform and defend their vote. Additional information below.

SB610: A BILL PERTAINING TO CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN VIOLATIONS RELATED TO ASSOCIATION RECORDS, VOTING, ELECTIONS, ETC.

SB610 would require associations with 25 units or more (current law is 150 units) to create websites for their community and ensure the website includes current content of the communities' current governing documents. Further, the bill would impose exposure of a third-degree felony on volunteer board members who make a mistake as a board member related to providing association records, violating bylaws, and more.

Take Action #2: The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Committee will hear the bill on Monday, March 25. Please send your second email urging the committee to oppose SB610. Help protect Florida volunteer board members from exposure to felony charges for their volunteer service to their HOA/condominium. Please customize your emails with stories about how this bill would affect you and your community association. Elected officials depend on constituent stories like yours to inform and defend their vote.

CONTACT US

Please take action today and email the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and the House Business and Professions Subcommittee urging them tooppose SB824/HB987, as well as the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, urging them to oppose SB610. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CAI's Government & Public Affairs team at government@caionline.org or (888) 224-4321.

Sincerely,

Dawn M. Bauman, CAE
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
dbauman@caionline.org | (703) 970-9224

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