DON’T MESS WITH THE FLORIDA FAIR HOUSING ACT –
IT CAN GET REALLY EXPENSIVE!
Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published January 7, 2017
I posted this case in order to make association boards understand that ignoring the provisions of the Florida Fair Housing Act can get very expensive – as can be seen in the case of D'AIUTO vs. MOON BAY CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. in Key Largo.
is pretty easy to understand: Associations have to accommodate folks with disabilities – minimum make a great effort to attempt to work with the disabled person.
Here are the main documents of this case that started with the failure of the association to reasonably modify a boat slip.
Click here to read the important documents of this case:TO THE FLORIDA COMMISSION OF HUMAN RELATIONS
In the Notice of Determination the Florida Commission on Human Relations states that they found reasonable cause to the Florida Commission on Human Relations. With other words: The complaint was justified and the complainants have the right to request the Attorney General to bring a court action in the name of the state on their behalf to enforce the provisions of the Fair Housing Act. And as you can see above, the complainants chose to go this way!
The latest news in this case: Settlement talks are on the way and it seems that the association is willing to settle. Hopefully -- –cause this case has cost the owners in that community already lots of money – so it’s wise to stop the financial bleeding.
This case shows again: DON’T MESS WITH THE FLORIDA FAIR HOUSING ACT IT CAN GET REALLY EXPENSIVE!