Don’t estoppel believing: Now it’s a law

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After years of unsuccessfully fighting its way through the Legislature, the estoppel bill is now law. Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday signed the measure (SB 398), which overhauls the legal process of estoppel letters. It goes into effect July 1. “We are grateful for this compromise that will benefit Florida homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, Executive Director for Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC). “The Florida … Read More

Florida Politics: Estoppel Bill Heads to Governor

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We’ve been writing about it for years, all the while wondering ‘why,’ but 2017 was the winning session for an overhaul of the estoppel letter process. The House on Friday passed the Senate’s bill (SB 398) on a 117-0 vote, sending it to Gov. Rick Scott. “This legislation will benefit Florida’s homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, executive director … Read More

Politico: Estoppel Bill Heads to Governor

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The years long legislative fight over estoppel certificates, documents used in residential property sales to certify no outstanding debts to condo or homeowner associations, could soon be put to rest after the House unanimously approved compromise legislation on the issue, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. The bill (SB 398) reflects a consensus forged by the bill sponsors among … Read More

Sprinkler Retrofitting Requirements

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October 28, 2016 The Honorable Ken Lawson, Secretary Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation 2601 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, FL 32399 Secretary Lawson: As you are aware based upon our conversation, I have heard from my constituents about the apparent confusion relating to the enforcement and applicability of sprinkler retrofitting requirements as provided in Section 718.112 (2)(1)(l), Florida Statutes … Read More

HOAs vs. Lawyers

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Source: http://www.heraldtribune.com A new Florida law will allow homeowner association managers statewide to continue performing aspects of their jobs that attorneys had argued should have been their purview. The legislation came in response to a formal Florida Bar Association opinion saying that community managers were illegally practicing law without a license. The Bar argued that community association managers needed to hire … Read More

New law aims to protect homeowner associations from pricey attorney fees

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Source: http://tbo.com/news/blogs/fresh-squeezed-politics/new-law-aims-to-protect-homeowner- associations-from-pricey-attorney-fees-20140625/ By James L. Rosica in Tallahassee A new law takes effect next Tuesday clarifying what community association managers can do without having to hire an attorney. The measure (HB 7037) was approved by Gov. Rick Scott on June 13, despite a request from The Florida Bar to veto it. Hired managers of homeowners associations sought help from … Read More

Legislature passes bill on community association managers

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Source: http://www.tbo.com Lawmakers this week passed a measure clarifying what community association managers can do without having to hire an attorney. The bill (HB 7037) heads to Gov. Rick Scott for review. Hired managers of homeowners associations sought help after concerns that some of their duties constituted unlicensed – and thus illegal – lawyering. The bill passed spells out those duties, … Read More

Homeowner group managers bill heads to Gov. Scott

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Source: http://www.thefloridacurrent.com Gray Rohrer, 04/29/2014 – 02:19 PM Mangers of homeowners associations, fearing a pending court decision that could restrict their duties, are cheering the passage of HB 7037, which expands and the activities they can engage in as community association managers. Legislation expanding the duties of community association managers, or CAMs, that help operate homeowners’ associations is heading to the … Read More

Court case could increase cost for homeowners associations

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Source: http://www.heraldtribune.com A pending opinion from the Florida Supreme Court could dramatically increase operating costs for thousands of homeowner associations statewide and substantially drive up condo owners’ expenses. The looming decision is connected to a recent Florida Bar opinion that, if enacted, will force community association managers to hire attorneys to handle various administrative duties now done primarily in-house. Bar officials … Read More

Panel backs duties for association managers

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Source: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/4th-dca-upholds-red-light-camera-laws-notice-to- ca/ndDqb/ TALLAHASSEE — Amid debate about whether unlicensed people are effectively practicing law, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (PCB CJS 14-02) that would add to the duties that community- association managers can perform. The bill comes after a standing committee of The Florida Bar has scrutinized the unlicensed practice of law and … Read More