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Should Condominium Associations Be Permitted to Invest Operating & Reserve Funds? SB 1490 Says Yes!

For years there have been significant legal constraints on a condominium association’s ability to use reserve funds. In addition to the statutory requirement to obtain membership approval for non-designated reserve usage, the prevailing school of thought was that association funds could not be invested since investments can and do fail.

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SB 522 Makes it Harder for Local Governments to Restrict Airbnb; Bad Construction Bill Filed; No More Sprinkler Relief for Older High-Rises

SB 522 (Diaz) is designed to preempt regulation of short-term rentals to the State of Florida. In effect, this bill would prohibit a local government from passing a law, ordinance or regulation prohibiting or regulating the duration of vacation rentals. Thankfully there is currently a specific exemption under the bill for condominium, cooperative and HOA […]

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96-Page Community Association Bill Filed

Senator Dennis Baxley (R-12) has filed SB 630, a 96-page bill which proposes significant changes for Florida condominiums, cooperatives and HOAs. While many of the provisions are useful, others are less so and we will be reaching out to the bill sponsor to discuss some of the concerns we have with certain changes. Some of those changes are discussed bel

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CALL’s COVID-19 Survey Results

During the Summer of 2020, CALL’s COVID-19 Survey was open for Floridians to share their experiences during the height of the pandemic.More than 1,000 association directors, managers and residents took the time to share what steps helped them keep their communities safe as well as the challenges they encountered along the way.

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Keeping Politics Out of Your Community Association

Not surprisingly, the chatter about whether or not political signs should be permitted in private residential communities has increased as we draw closer to the elections in November. Let’s first discuss whether or not an owner in a Florida HOA has the “right” to install signs. The short answer is “no” with one exception. FL […]

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2020 Florida Session: Legislative Update

With the legislative session closed and the deadline expired for Governor DeSantis to veto Florida House or Senate bills, we now know the laws that will affect community associations. Below is a summary of some of these new laws impacting Florida community associations. Our forthcoming Legislative Guidebook will contain a more in-depth analysis along with […]

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Emotional Support Animal Bill Goes to the Governor

We are thinking of all of our CALL Members during these uncertain times and want to remind you that CALL remains a trusted resource for your community. Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 30, 2020 to act on these bills.

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2020 Florida Session: Legislative Update

If you’ve been wondering what happened to the legislation that the CALL Team tracked throughout Florida’s 2020 Session, we have been as well! All bills were held back and will not be released until Governor DeSantis receives revenue estimates to help him determine their fiscal impact. The State’s Operating Budget must be passed by July […]

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The HEROES Act Spells Disaster for Community Associations

Your association’s ability to collect assessments is in grave danger because of H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or The HEROES Act! By the time you read this CALL Alert, this bill will have likely eked out a narrow passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. The next step is […]

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