Proposed Improvements to Community Association Bill S 1196
April 6, 2010
Re: Proposed amendments to S 1196 -- Community Associations
Dear Senator Mike Fasano,
With all undue respect, since you are so determined to create more problems for homeowners living in mandatory homeowners' associations in Florida (OPPAGA estimates about 2.5 million homes are regulated by FS 720), we have worked hard over the long weekend to come up with some proposals to give dictatorial boards and/or service providers some more effective tools to rein in unruly homeowners who don't stand at attention when being told to or who just don't want to follow the association board's party-line.
Since you are hell-bent to overthrow the owner-friendly progress made by Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task Force and reintroduce enforcement of fines -- levied by a kangaroo court -- with the help of liens and foreclosures, we thought you might be interested in adding some more dictatorial provisions to your bill.
Believe me, I can understand why you are so opposed to the owner-friendly provisions created by the HOA Task Force. We members voted 14-1 against your pet-project that would have made it easy to turn voluntary associations into mandatory associations.
are some suggestions to give boards more dictatorial powers than they
If all harassment, fines and lawsuits don't work to shut up these "disgruntled" homeowners, more draconian measures seem to be appropriate:
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I just hope that the actual sponsors of the initial bill S 1196, Peter Dunbar and Gary Poliakoff, will not object to add a few effective dictatorial tools to this bill. Most of the proposals in the initial bill regarding changes to FS 720 are trying to give boards more dictatorial power, remove transparency from association business and increase the profits of the service providers.
I am pretty sure that you will have no problems adding these improvements to your bill that is anyway aimed at taking away more rights from the homeowners and adding more dictatorial powers for association board members and/or service providers. I'm sure a little arm-twisting -- I heard you are good at it -- will convince your colleagues to vote favorably on your amended bill.
Considering our bad economy and the dead real estate market, it is really important to create more laws that will make living in homeowners' associations more expensive and subdue possible complaints from homeowners who feel used as a cash-cow.
Thank you for considering our proposals!
Senate Committee on Judiciary 2010
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