COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION WEBSITES

As you all know by now, Florida condominiums having 150 or more units must have a website that only owners can access and which posts the official records of the association. Here’s a little background as to how the law was passed. When originally drafted, the law was only to apply to condominiums with 500 or more units. That was ridiculous. So, I flew up to Tallahassee and met with the then Speaker of the House and informed him that the law was a fake, inasmuch as less than one percent of all condominiums in the state contained 500 or more units. I suggested 50 units. The compromise was 150.

I never heard one person tell me this was a bad law. In fact, it’s a great law. It’s about transparency. It takes the burden off of managers having to respond to requests for records. It prevents lawsuits or arbitrations, as long as the website is kept up to date.

Just because the law requires condominiums of 150 units or more to have a website does not mean that condominiums of less than 150 units cannot have a website. In fact, in this attorney’s opinion, if your condominium contains 50 units or more, you can and should have a website for the same reason that condominiums with 150 units should.

Think about how large some HOAs are. Many contain well in excess of 500 homes and are sprawling mini cities. You would think that those communities should be required to post their records on an official website as well. But no. HOAs are not required to have a website. There is simply a hands off approach when it comes to HOAS.

Again, just because the law requires condominiums of 150 units or more to have a website does not mean that HOAs cannot have a website. In fact, in this attorney’s opinion, if your HOA contains 50 homes or more, you can and should have a website for the same reason that condominiums with 150 units should.

This is one law the legislature should amend. All communities, both condos, co-ops and HOAs with 50 or more units or homes should be required to have a community association website where the official records and notices of meetings are posted. Bottom line…….it will make the residents less suspicious and happier.

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