Legislative Update: Florida Considering Multiple Condominium-Related Bills in 2019

Florida’s condominium laws change pretty much every year. They’re likely to change again this year. Multiple condominium-related bills have already been filed since Florida’s 2019 Regular Legislative Session began March 5th. Below is a summary of various bills currently being considered by the Florida Legislature.

House Bill 721 (Emotional Support Animals)

Senate Bill 610 (Condominium Associations)

  • Revises criminal penalties for accepting things or services of value or kickbacks.
  • Allows associations to use their website to fulfill certain record inspection obligations.
  • Requires certain associations to post specific documents on their websites by a specified date.
  • Provides criminal penalties for fraudulent voting activities.

House Bill 1075 (Community Associations)

House Bill 647 (Community Association Fire and Life Safety Systems)

  • Allows associations to waive life safety system retrofitting requirements.
  • Delays start date for allowing local retrofit requirements until 2023.
  • Requires associations that do not retrofit to post signs on buildings.
  • Increases voting percentage needed to forego retrofitting and authorizes electronic voting.
  • Modifies voting requirements for associations that previously voted to forego retrofitting.

The 60-day Regular Legislative Session ends May 3, 2019. Until then, existing bills may be rejected or amended and new bills may be filed. Whether any bills ultimately become law remains to be seen.

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