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Florida lawmakers aim to ease condo confusion, but money questions remain.
April 12, 2023 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Among other things, the bill removes the requirement that condo owners covered by Citizens obtain flood insurance.
As residents of condominiums across Florida struggle to adapt to a sweeping new law that increases building inspections and maintenance costs, Florida legislators have agreed to a series of changes aimed at ending confusion — but not the financial pain.
This bill is an effort to “provide more clarity, flexibility and transparency,” said Sen. Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, the sponsor of SB 154, which passed unanimously on Wednesday. The measure is a response to last year’s law that created the first statewide inspection program for aging condos in response to the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside in June 2021 that killed 98 people.
Property Insurance Changes Head to Gov. DeSantis
December 14, 2022 - Tallahassee, Fla - With property insurance described as a “hidden tax” on homeowners, the Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a plan aimed at stabilizing the state’s troubled insurance market.
The Republican-dominated House voted 84-33 along party lines to pass the bill (SB 2-A) on the final day of a special legislative session. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday, meaning it is ready to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Florida Senate Bill D4 - Inspections and Reserves studies
On May 26, 2022 the State of Florida adopted Senate Bill D4, in response to the collapse of the Champlain tower in Surfside. This new bill will have a significant impact on condominium safety, inspections and reserves funding. Associations are required by law, prior to December 31st, 2024 and every ten years thereafter:
- to conduct full safety, structural and electrical inspections, to address any deficiencies and to report back to the authorities.
- to conduct a reserves study on structural and safety elements by experts, to adequately fund any insufficient reserves and to report to the authorities.
Additionally, Associations must fully inform and make accessible to the owners all inspections reports and reserve studies. Also critical structural and safety reserves funding can no longer be reduced by the Board or diverted toward other expenses by a majority vote of the membership (owners)
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Senior Touchline Program
Free Telephone Reassurance Call
Are you over 60 years of Age? Do you live alone? How about starting your day with a free friendly telephone reassurance call? The Senior Touchline Program is a free service through 211-Broward, a social and human services referral community agency.
if you would like more information, call 954-640-5800 and ask about the Touchline Program. We look forward to starting your day with a friendly voice and friendly phone call.
Rafael Vazquez, Touchline Supervisor