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Mid-Session Bill Tracking

priority active legislation

FL [R] HB 773 - VACATION RENTALS

Sponsor: Rep. Mike La Rosa (R)

Requires u niform application of local law, ordinance, or regulation relating to vacation rental; revises applicability to include certain amendments to local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Status: Added to Government Accountability Committee agenda - 02/09/2018

FL [R] HB 841 - COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Sponsor: House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee

Revises provisions related to condominium associations including recordkeeping & financial reporting requirements, documents required to be posted online, bylaws, board term limits, rulemaking, owner responsibilities, board member recall & challenge requirements, conflicts of interest, fines & suspensions, classification as bulk assignee or buyer, board member requirements, voting procedures, common expenses, & election requirements; provides directors or officers delinquent in payments are deemed to have abandoned office.

Status: Favorable with CS by Judiciary Committee - 02/15/2018

FL [R] SB 266 - COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS

Sponsor: Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R)

Covenants and Restrictions; Designating the ""Marketable Record Title Act""; revising the notice filing requirements for a person claiming an interest in land and other rights; exempting a specified summary notice and amendment from certain notice content requirements; authorizing the parcel owners of a community not subject to a homeowners' association to use specified procedures to revive certain covenants or restrictions, subject to certain exceptions and requirements, etc.

Status: Now in Rules -SJ 141 - 01/11/2018

FL [R] SB 1274 - COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Sponsor: Senate Regulated Industries Committee

Community Associations; Deleting a provision prohibiting an association from hiring an attorney who represents the management company of the association; revising the list of documents that the association is required to post online; revising voting requirements relating to alterations and additions to certain common elements or association property; revising cooperative association recordkeeping requirements; prohibiting a board member from voting via e-mail, etc.

Status: Now in Rules -SJ 347 - 02/13/2018

FL [R] SB 1400 - VACATION RENTALS

Sponsor: Senate Regulated Industries Committee

Vacation Rentals; (THIS BILL COMBINES S1400 & 1640) Creating the ""Florida Vacation Rental Act""; preempting certain regulation and control of vacation rentals to the state; specifying authority of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants over regulation of vacation rentals; requiring vacation rentals to obtain a license; specifying that vacation rentals are to be treated as transient rentals regarding certain landlord and tenant provisions; requiring the division to inspect vacation rentals when necessary to respond to emergencies and epidemiological conditions; grandfathering certain local laws, ordinances, and regulations, etc.

Status: CS/CS by Regulated Industries read 1st time -SJ 350 - 02/14/2018

FL [R] SB 1640 - VACATION RENTALS

Sponsor: Sen. David Simmons (R)

Vacation Rentals; (THIS BILL COMBINED IN CS/1400 & 1640) Requiring persons engaged in certain public lodging-related transactions to display a valid certificate of registration number in rental listings or advertisements; revising the inspection responsibilities of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants regarding vacation rentals; authorizing the division to refuse to issue or renew or to suspend or revoke the license of a public lodging establishment subject to a local final order directing the establishment to cease operations, etc.

Status: Original bill laid on Table, refer to combined CS/SB 1400 -SJ 257 - 01/30/2018


BELOW IS A LIST OF THE other BILLS WE’VE BEEN MONITORING. MOST OF THESE BILLS WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD ANY FURTHER (OR ARE KNOWN AS DEAD IN THE LEGISLATURE).


FL [R] HB 123 - Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations

Sponsor: Rep. Irving Slosberg (D)

Prohibits bullying or harassment of certain association members; provides association requirements; provides civil penalties; provides immunity from certain causes of action for damages.

Status: 1st Reading - 01/09/2018

FL [R] HB 377 - Homeowners' Associations

Sponsor: Rep. Charlie Stone (R)

Revises uses of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, & Mobile Homes Trust Fund; increases damages to which member of homeowners' association is entitled for denial of access to official records; provides cause of action for member against community association manager or management firm; prohibits reimbursement to community association manager or management firm for certain fines; provides & revises reporting requirements; provides that fine may not become lien against parcel; revises provisions relating to election of officers; provides presuit mediation for election & recall disputes; provides for binding arbitration by DBPR for certain disputes between parcel owner & homeowners' association; requires DBPR to provide training & educational programs; authorizes DBPR to enforce & ensure [continue reading]

Status: 1st Reading - 01/09/2018

FL [R] HB 617 - Covenants and Restrictions

Sponsor: Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole (D)

Authorizes certain parcel owners of a community not subject to HOA to use specified procedures to revive certain covenants or restrictions; revises interests & rights protected by filing for record within specified timeframe; revises & provides provisions relating to covenants and restrictions, including extinguishment, validity of notice, length of time certain covenants and restrictions are preserved, filing of notices, notice content requirements, requirements of property associations, & validity & enforceability.

Status: Added to Second Reading Calendar - 02/01/2018

FL [R] HB 625 - Community Associations

Sponsor: Rep. John Cortes (D)

Establishes Office of Community Association Hearings; transfers powers & responsibilities of arbitrators to community association hearing officers; authorizes community association hearing officers to hold hearings & impose sanctions; revises & provides requirements for alternative dispute resolution for homeowners' associations.

Status: 1st Reading - 01/09/2018

FL [R] HB 759 - Construction Defect Claims

Sponsor: Rep. Jay Trumbull (R)

Provides additional requirements for notices of claim, inspections, & notices of acceptance or rejection of settlement offers; revises provisions related to authorized representatives; requires, rather than authorizes, certain persons to serve copies of notices of claim to certain professionals; provides for mediation under certain circumstances, subject to certain requirements; revises provisions relating to tolling certain statutes of limitations.

Status: Added to Judiciary Committee agenda - 02/05/2018

FL [R] HB 873 - Homeowners' Associations

Sponsor: Rep. Jose Diaz (R)

Prohibits association from hiring attorney who represents management company of association; revises and provides provisions relating to associations, including official records, inspection & copying of bylaws & rules, association websites, financial reports, use of association debit card, recall of directors, kickbacks, officers and directors, voting rights, term limits, & conflicts of interest; provides criminal penalties.

Status: 1st Reading - 01/09/2018

FL [R] HB 1007 - Actions for Rent or Possession

Sponsor: Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D)

Requires court to conduct trial within specified timeframe for certain actions involving possession of dwelling unit; authorizes court to order tenant to pay certain rent into the registry of the court during pendency of proceeding under certain circumstances; requires court to schedule case for immediate trial if payment is not made; deletes requirement that tenant who wishes to defend against certain actions by landlord comply with specified provision; deletes requirement that court enter default judgment in certain circumstances.

Status: 1st Reading - 01/09/2018

FL [R] HB 1061 - Community Association Fire & Life Safety Systems

Sponsor: House Careers & Competition Subcommittee

Requires certain condominium or cooperative associations to post certain signs or symbols on buildings; requires State Fire Marshal to adopt rules governing such signs or symbols; revises provisions relating to evidence of condominium & cooperative association compliance with fire & life safety code; revises unit & common elements required to be retrofitted; revising provisions relating to association vote to forego retrofitting.

Status: Now in Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee - 02/05/2018

FL [R] SB 680 - Construction Defect Claims

Sponsor: Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R)

Construction Defect Claims; Providing additional requirements for notices of claim, inspections, and notices of acceptance or rejection of settlement offers; providing that an authorized representative of a claimant may act on the behalf of the claimant if the claimant is a business entity; revising provisions relating to tolling certain statutes of limitations, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 54 - 01/09/2018

FL [R] SB 698 - Prohibited Discrimination

Sponsor: Sen. Lauren Book (D)

Prohibited Discrimination; Creating the ""Florida Competitive Workforce Act""; adding sexual orientation and gender identity as impermissible grounds for discrimination in public lodging establishments and public food service establishments; adding sexual orientation and gender identity as impermissible grounds for discrimination with respect to the sale or rental of housing, provision of brokerage services, financing of housing or in residential real estate transactions, and land use decisions and in permitting of development, respectively, etc.

Status: Withdrawn prior to introduction -SJ 55 - 11/01/2017

FL [R] SB 734 - Homeowners' Associations

Sponsor: Sen. Dennis Baxley (R)

Homeowners' Associations; Revising the uses of the Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund to include reimbursement of costs to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes for the administration and operation of the Homeowners' Association Act; providing a cause of action for a member against a community association manager or management firm under certain circumstances; revising circumstances under which members other than the developer are entitled to elect at least a majority of the board of directors of the homeowners' association, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 58 - 01/09/2018

FL [R] SB 1238 - Homeowners' Associations

Sponsor: Sen. Rene Garcia (R)

Homeowners' Associations; Prohibiting an association from hiring an attorney who represents the management company of the association; requiring an association to provide members with a copy of the most recent annual financial report or a written notice detailing how to obtain such report; prohibiting an officer, director, or manager from soliciting, offering to accept, or accepting a kickback for which consideration has not been provided; providing requirements and procedures relating to conflicts of interest, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 143 - 01/11/2018

FL [R] SB 1366 - Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations

Sponsor: Sen. Kevin Rader (D)

Bullying and Harassment in Community Associations; Designating the ""Stand Up for Seniors Act""; providing association requirements relating to the prohibition of bullying and harassment; providing civil penalties, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 156 - 01/11/2018

FL [R] SB 1432 - Community Association Fire and Life Safety Systems

Sponsor: Sen. Gary Farmer (D)

Community Association Fire and Life Safety Systems; Requiring certain condominium or cooperative associations to post certain signs or symbols on buildings; revising provisions relating to evidence of condominium and cooperative association compliance with the fire and life safety code; revising unit and common elements required to be retrofitted, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 167 - 01/17/2018

FL [R] SB 1530 - Condominium Associations

Sponsor: Sen. Debbie Mayfield (R)

Condominium Associations; Deleting a restriction on attorney representation; revising the list of documents that the association is required to post online; providing that the failure of an association to post certain information is not sufficient, in and of itself, to invalidate any action or decision of the association, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 174 - 01/17/2018

FL [R] SB 1768 - Community Associations

Sponsor: Sen. Victor Torres (D)

Community Associations; Requiring the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to establish the Office of Community Association Hearings; allowing the division to certify attorneys who are not employed by the division to act as community association hearing officers under specified conditions; specifying grounds for which a community association hearing officer may be terminated, etc.

Status: Introduced -SJ 191 - 01/17/2018 

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