The 2019 session of The Florida Legislature is quickly drawing to a close. So, what new laws can we expect to see that will have an impact on our community associations? Here are a few:
- Pools serving condos, co-ops and HOAs with less than 32 homes would be exempt for regulation.
- In a condo, bids for work to be performed or for materials, equipment or services would only have to be held for one year.
- Instead of having an association website, the association would be able to put the official records on an app that can be downloaded on a mobile device.
- Only board service that occurs on or after July 1st, 2018 would be counted toward the new law that makes it harder for board members with more than 8 consecutive years of service to get elected.
- Clarifies that written notices for a unit owner meetings must include an agenda, be mailed, hand delivered, or electronically transmitted to each unit owner; and be posted in a conspicuous place on the condominium property in accordance with the minimum period of time for posting a notice as set forth in the bylaws, and if the bylaws do not provide such notice requirements, then at least 14 continuous days before the meeting.
- In addition to a $100.00 transfer fee, the association may charge the actual cost of any background check or screening performed.
- Unit owners would be allowed to install an electric vehicle charging station on their exclusively designated parking space.
- Hi-rise condominium associations would have the ability to opt-out of the requirement to install an engineered life safety system with a 2/3 vote. Associations would have the opportunity to opt of an ELSS or sprinklers until December 31st, 2019.
So what do you think? Good legislation? Bad legislation? Not enough legislation?