|Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the community association reform bill, which means the provisions become law as of July 1, 2011.|
The new laws tighten some of those enacted last year which provide community associations more authority against owners who do not make maintenance payments on time. Others attempt to make laws governing condos and HOAs more similar or equal.
Among the highlights:
- Condo, homeowners and cooperative associations are now able to demand full monthly rent from tenants in properties of owners behind in maintenance payments and landlords are banned from punishing tenants who comply with the law.
- Boards may ban delinquent owners from using common areas, such as pools and club houses for failure to pay assessments.
- Homeowner associations can bar felons from serving on boards, as condo associations are allowed to do.
- Condo board members may show proof of attending state-approved education courses within a year before or 90 days after taking their post, rather than sign a form stating they have read Florida law.
- Home owners governed by community associations are now allowed to speak at board meetings on any item on the owner’s meeting agenda.
Source - SunSentinal.com by: Daniel Vasquez June 23rd
Click here for a great summary of the new laws and here to view the full text of the new laws online.