COMMITTEE HEARINGS HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS
SENATE BILL 2504
April 13, 2008
This bill is the companion bill to House Bill H-679 (Representative Andy Gardiner).
This bill is actually an insult to the work and recommendations of the 9 members of the HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON CONDOMINIUM AND HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE. Instead of using the recommendations of the excellent Final Committee Report (http://www.ccfj.net/HSCFINALREPORT.html) this bill is detrimental to the welfare of Florida's homeowners living in mandatory homeowners' associations.
The bill uses some pool provisions -- never heard an owner complaining about that -- and some more unenforceable disclosure provisions to cover up the real problems of the bill. The headline of the bill should read: Let's just make some more special interests happy!
Instead of creating further reforms, it removes some of the protection created for homeowners in the previous years!
We see news reports and newspaper articles talking about associations going bankrupt unable to pay for all the bulk contracts, homeowners unable pay to the increased dues and the special assessments, but here we see our legislators discussing a bill that will make things even worse.
Our economy is down the drain, our real-estate market as good as dead, and our legislators refuse to help the many families caught in mandatory homeowners' associations. More than twice as many Floridians live in homeowners' associations as live in condominium associations, but the homeowners are treated like the stepchildren of our society by our legislators.
Any legislator voting YES on this bill will be responsible for the many headlines we will see in the media talking about serious problems in our HOAs. We are already in a deep recession -- even if our so-called experts don't want to admit it -- and we are just seeing the beginning. It will get much worse -- and so will the problems in homeowners' associations!
and e-mail the Senators of the
Committee on Regulatory Industries and let them know that this is
a really bad bill, coming at a time when many Florida homeowners are
fighting for financial survival.
2504 will be heard by the Committee on
Regulated Industries on Tuesday, 04/15/08, at 9:00 am in Room
It is important that the members of the committee will receive as many e-mails and telephone calls as possible -- latest Monday afternoon!
Please ask the Senators to vote NO on this BAD BILL!
SUBJECT LINE: VOTE NO ON S 2504 -- HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS
Please vote NO on Senate bill S 2504 (COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION -- Senator Bill Posey) at Tuesday's meeting of the Committee on Regulated Industries. Florida's homeowners living in homeowners' associations just can't afford any more bills that restrict their rights and endanger their financial welfare!
HOW TO CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
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