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SENATE BILLS FILED FOR 2022

 

SB 274 (Summary): Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program (Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez)

Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program; Creating the Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program within the Department of Legal Affairs in the Office of the Attorney General; authorizing the department to contract with a private entity to achieve the purpose of the program; requiring that the pilot program be funded from the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund; providing for future repeal of the program unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature, etc.

 

SB 394 (Summary): Residential Associations

(Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez)

Residential Associations; Revising certification and education requirements for board directors of residential condominium associations, cooperative associations, and homeowners’ associations, respectively, etc.

 

SB 642 (Summary): Community Associations (Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez)

Community Associations; Requiring the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to establish a searchable database by a specified date which contains specified information regarding each condominium association in this state; requiring the division to establish a searchable database by a specified date which contains specified information regarding each homeowners’ association in this state, etc.

 

SB 880 (Summary): Condominium Associations (Senator Jason Pizzo)

Condominium Associations; Revising the parties considered to be the defendants in a tax suit; revising criminal penalties relating to the acceptance of things or services of value or kickbacks; requiring an association to provide an itemized list and a sworn affidavit to persons requesting to inspect records; specifying acts that comprise fraudulent voting activities relating to association elections; revising the jurisdiction of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation with regard to investigating complaints, etc.

 

SB 1296 (Summary): Homeowners’ Association Ombudsman (Senator Danny Burgess)

Homeowners’ Association Ombudsman; Creating the Office of the Homeowners’ Association Ombudsman within the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; directing the Governor to appoint an ombudsman; requiring the ombudsman to be an attorney admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court; prohibiting the ombudsman and officers and full-time employees of the office from holding certain positions, engaging in certain activities, or receiving certain remuneration; providing for the administration of an election monitoring process, etc.

 

SB 1362 (Summary): Fines Levied by a Homeowners’ Association (Senator Victor Torres)

Fines Levied by a Homeowners’ Association; Providing that a fine levied against a member or the tenants, guests, or invitees of a member may not become a lien against a parcel, etc.

 

SB 1364 (Summary): Levying of Fines by Homeowners’ Associations (Senator Victor Torres)

Levying of Fines by Homeowners’ Associations; Removing the authority of a homeowners’ association to levy fines, etc.

 

SB 1702(Summary): Mandatory Building Inspections (Senator Jennifer Bradley)

Mandatory Building Inspections; Specifying that the purpose of a milestone inspection is not to determine compliance with the Florida Building Code; requiring owners of certain multifamily residential buildings to have milestone inspections performed at specified times; requiring the boards of administration for condominium and cooperative associations to arrange for milestone inspections of condominium buildings and cooperative buildings, respectively; requiring architects and engineers performing a milestone inspection to submit a sealed copy of the inspection report to certain entities, etc.

 

SB 1716 (Summary): Display of Flags in Residential Associations (Senator Dennis Baxley)

Display of Flags in Residential Associations; Authorizing unit owners of a condominium to display no more than a certain number of specified flags regardless of certain prohibitions in the governing documents of the condominium association; defining the term “first responder flag”; authorizing homeowners to display specified flags regardless of certain prohibitions in the governing documents of the homeowners’ association; prohibiting certain homeowners’ association documents from precluding property owners from displaying certain flags, etc.

     

SB 1774 (Summary): Condominium Associations (Senator Jason Pizzo)

Condominium Associations; Authorizing the person or entity preparing the financial report for an association to rely on a specified inspection report; requiring an association to provide a board candidate’s certification form to unit owners for specified purposes; requiring a board to have certain condominium buildings inspected every 5 years by an architect or engineer, etc.

 

SB 1780 (Summary): Community Associations’ Building Inspections (Senator Jason Pizzo)

Community Associations’ Building Inspections; Requiring that residential condominium, residential cooperative, and homeowners’ association buildings be inspected upon reaching 30 years of age and every 5 years thereafter; requiring that the inspection be completed by a specified architect or engineer; requiring the boards of a condominium association, cooperative association, and homeowners’ association, respectively, to convene within a specified time after receipt of the inspection report for a specified purpose; requiring that a specified inspection report be maintained as an official record of condominium associations and cooperative associations, respectively, etc.

    

SB 1942 (Summary): Condominium and Cooperative Associations (Senator Jason Pizzo)

Condominium and Cooperative Associations; Requiring that the Florida Building Code require enhanced waterproofing measures for certain elements of community associations; prohibiting a developer or condominium or cooperative association, respectively, from waiving or reducing the amount of its reserve funds; requiring elected or appointed board members to complete an educational curriculum within a specified time and submit a certificate of completion to the secretary of the association; requiring the board to hire a licensed structural engineer to conduct an annual inspection of association property; revising the documents that must be delivered to a prospective buyer or lessee of a residential unit, etc.