As of June 17 2013 there were about 24,837 single family and condo homes listed for sale in Miami Florida. The median asking price of these homes was approximately $264,900. Since this time last year, the inventory of homes for sale has decreased by 7.3% and the median price has increased by 15.2%.
Thank you for
contacting Governor Rick Scott regarding legislation passed by the Florida
Legislature during the 2013 regular session. The Governor appreciates
your thoughts and asked that I respond on his behalf.
Office of the Governor follows all bills as they move through the legislative
process. Please be assured, Governor Scott carefully considered your
comments and those of other concerned citizens regarding House Bill 7119
relating to Homeowner’s Associations as he made his decision.
consulting with all interested parties and thoroughly weighing all sides of
this issue, Governor Scott signed House Bill 7119 into law on June 14.
The law will take effect on July 1. Information about the Governor's Bill
Actions can be found on the Governor's web site at http://www.flgov.com/bill-action/
again for taking the time to contact the Governor's Office. Your input is
important to him. Information about the Governor’s administration and
initiatives can be obtained online at www.flgov.com.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday designed to
speed up foreclosuresin
Florida, but critics say the measure is unfair to homeowners.
requires homeowners to respond more quickly toforeclosurefilings and gives community associations
more power in the process.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala and
Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, also requires lenders to have their paperwork in
order before filing a foreclosure complaint. And it cuts the time period in
which banks can seek a deficiency judgment against homeowners to
one year from five.
associations across Florida were devastated financially during the housing bust
when owners fell into foreclosure. That forced the remaining owners to make up
shortfalls in monthly maintenance dues, and many of
those owners became delinquent on theirmortgagesas
a result, Berger said.
As many of you
know, we worked very hard this year getting House Bill 7119 passed by a vote of
134 to 4 in The House of Representatives and 37 to 0 in The Florida
Senate. In order to become law, the bill simply needs to be signed by The
To refresh your
memory, the highlights of the bill are:
You can now use
your cell phone or camera to get copies of association records free of charge;
If you get
arrested for stealing from an HOA you are immediately off the Board;
HOA board members
need to become certified just like condo board members;
of contracts by and between the association and a company that a director has
an interest in, requirement of a two thirds vote to proceed with the contract;
turnover of control of the HOA by the developer if the developer files for
bankruptcy, gets foreclosed on or abandons the property;
management companies from charging exorbitant hourly fees to unit owners who
seek access to records;
members from getting kickbacks for awarding a vendor a contract with the
association to insure everyone handling association funds;
association to give its members copies of amendments to the governing
Ensures that an
HOA who forecloses on a property is still able to get assessment monies owed
from the bank or 3rd party purchaser;
Prohibits the developer from unilaterally making amendments to the
governing documents that are arbitrary, capricious, or in bad faith, which
destroy the general plan of development; prejudice the rights of existing
nondeveloper members to use and enjoy the benefits of common property; or
materially shift economic burdens from the developer to the existing
I think anyone
that lives in a community association would agree that these are wonderful
changes to the law that are long overdue in Florida homeowner associations.
Believe it or
not however, there is a small amount of opposition to the bill because of the
bill's requirement that HOAs must simply fill out a form (free of charge) that
tells the DBPR the name of the association, how many parcels are in the community,
their address, federal employer i.d. number and the amount of their
budget. THAT IS ALL THE BILL REQUIRES. NOTHING MORE. NOTHING
opposition folks are urging The Governor to veto all of the above
provisions of HB 7119 and to let the bill die simply because they
basically have to provide their name and address to the state. It's hard
to believe that these opponents would agree to throw away all of the
protections that the bill would now finally afford members in an HOA, but I'm
telling you to believe it.
I am urging all
of you to please IMMEDIATELY send an e-mail to Governor Rick Scott demanding
that he sign HB 7119.
COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW:
House Bill 7119
overwhelmingly passed The House of Representatives and The Florida Senate
because it is a wonderful bill that provides much protection to the millions
of Floridians who live in Florida homeowner associations. It simply
provides members in a homeowner's association with much of the same rights that
condominium owners already have under Florida law. It is long overdue and
I urge you to sign it into law immediately.
just a minute or two of your time to send the e-mail to the Governor in order to
ensure the passage of legislation that will be beneficial to so many of
you. Or...you can ignore this e-mail and risk the possibility that
directors who steal from associations and get arrested will still serve on your
Board, you will continue to pay for copies of records, your Board members won't
have to get certified, developers can maintain control of your community longer
and change your governing documents to suit them, and banks will owe your
association nothing if they foreclose after the association has already done
CALL announces that the following bills were approved by Governor Scott:
HB 277(Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda), Relating to Assessment of Residential and Nonhomestead Real Property. The bill provides that, in determining the assessed value of real property used for residential purposes, a property appraiser may not consider the increase in the just value attributed to the installation of renewable energy source device. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
SB 342 (Sen. Thrasher), Relating to Rental of Homestead Property. This bill provides that a homestead property may be rented for up to 30 days per calendar year without being considered abandoned or losing the homestead exemption on the property. If the homestead is rented for more than 30 days, the property can lose its homestead exemption. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
HB 999 (Rep. Patronis), Relating to Environmental Regulation). This bill is primarily an environmental regulation bill that was opposed by a number of environmental groups. However, the bill includes language impacting condominium associations that have boat docks and submerged land leases. The bill will exempt multi-family homes with boat docks from paying submerged land lease fees for an area equal to or less than 10 times the riparian shoreline times the number of units with boat docks. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
SB 1770 (Sen. Simmons), Relating to Property Insurance. The bill sets up a clearinghouse to shop prospective customers in the private market and sets up an inspector general for Citizens. The bill also reduces the maximum amount of coverage available from Citizens from $1 million to $700,000 over three years and prohibits Citizens coverage for new buildings seaward of the coastal construction line. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
SB 468 (Sen. Hukill), Relating to Property and Casualty Insurance Rates, Fees, and Forms. This bill includes an anti-consumer provision which will allow insurance companies to file form changes with the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) without review by OIR. Historically, over 90% of the policy forms filed with OIR contain a violation of Florida law. Effective Date: July 1, 2013