FLORIDA LEGISLATIVES FAIL TO REACH CONDOMINIUM AGREEMENT
Falls Church, March 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Members of the Florida legislature have failed to reach agreement on legislation that would require mandatory building inspections and reserve surveys for certain condominiums and co-operative communities before the adjournment of this session, despite the tireless efforts of Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Orange Park) and Rep. Daniel Perez (R-Miami) as well as CAI advocating for the passage of legislation that would help keep condominiums safe after the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida last June.
Condominium security is CAI’s top priority during this legislative session. Our advocates will continue their efforts and support common sense laws that benefit approximately 9.6 million Floridians living in 48,500 Community Associations. There may be as many as 20,000 condominium buildings affected by this legislation and many owners or residents of these buildings may be unaware of building conditions that require immediate attention. (Estimates from the American Communities Survey.
“While CAI is disappointed that condominium safety legislation has not been passed in Florida, we certainly appreciate the complicated nature of these legislative proposals,” said Dawn M. Bauman, CAE, Senior Vice President of Business governmental and public organizations of CAI. “CAI applauds the efforts of Senator Bradley and Representative Perez to craft legislation that attempted to balance condominium security without imposing regulations that create undue and unforeseen financial burdens and compliance issues.”
CAI’s Florida Legislative Alliance began working with state legislators after the June 2021 Surfside condo collapse to provide support, research, subject matter expertise, and public policy recommendations. We remain committed to condominium safety and to working with Florida and national lawmakers to pass legislation that will result in safe, well-maintained condominiums with properly funded budgets.
To date, condominium safety legislation relating to building inspections for multi-family buildings has been introduced in Florida, Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia.
The Virginia General Assembly recently passed legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax, VA) that requires the Virginia Housing Commission to investigate condominium safety issues, specifically building inspections. The Maryland legislature is considering funding condominium buildings in need of essential repairs, while Hawaii is considering building inspection requirements for condominiums.
Learn more about CAI’s efforts to improve condominium safety by visiting www.caionline.org/condosafety.
IAC and condominium security experts are available for interviews. For more information, contact Dawn M. Bauman, CAI Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at [email protected] or (703) 867-5588 or Amy Repke, CAI Vice President, Communications and Marketing at [email protected] | (703) 624-2179.
About the Institute of Community Associations
Since 1973, the Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers and business professionals in more than 355,000 homeowner associations, condominiums and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities around the world. With more than 42,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 Legislative Action Committees and 63 affiliate chapters in the United States, 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 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, CAI is the leading authority on 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 favorite places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISOcial.