May 27, 2022 — Falls Church, Va. — Community Associations Institute (CAI), the international leading advocate for condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives, applauds the Florida legislature for unanimously passing comprehensive and meaningful condominium safety measures to support the 9 million Floridians living and working in community associations. This week, the Senate voted 38-0, and the House voted 110-0, to support the legislation after a powerful and heartfelt standing ovation for state Rep. Daniel Perez (R-Miami-Dade County), the bill's sponsor in the House. Governor DeSantis signed the bill today. CAI representatives were in Tallahassee this week during the legislature's special session and were the only ones to speak on behalf of the new bill.
The legislation includes a framework largely based on CAI public policy recommendations for:
Following the collapse, CAI members and volunteers worked closely with Florida Sens. Jason Pizzo (D-Miami-Dade County), Jennifer Bradley (R-Orange Park), and Rep. Daniel Perez to lead the efforts to pass this important legislation.
“We are very pleased that Florida policymakers passed this comprehensive legislation that will make certain that no matter where a condominium or cooperative is located in the state, they will be periodically inspected with information shared with unit owners, local building officials, and prospective buyers," says Dawn M. Bauman, CAE, CAI's senior vice president for government and public affairs.
CAI will continue working with policymakers to support condominium communities as they navigate these new requirements. In addition, CAI will use the Florida legislation as model language for other states in the U.S. as they consider adopting similar measures.
“This week, Florida lawmakers made a remarkable step toward supporting the millions of Floridians who call a condominium home," says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI's chief executive officer. “After the Surfside tragedy, CAI vowed to lead the conversation and dedicate our industry knowledge and resources to lawmakers and policymakers with the goal of creating common sense legislation that would positively impact these communities. We commend the Florida legislature on their action today to address condo safety, and we look forward to the work ahead."
For more information, visit CAI's condo safety resources at www.condosafety.com.
About Community Associations Institute Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the more than 355,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 43,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial.
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