Governance Committee Update
Published 10 - 31 - 2003
The House Select Committee on Condominium
Association Governance is traveling the state in a series of public hearings
to give the public an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding condominium
governance. The Select Committee, Chaired by Representative Julio
Robaina (R-South Miami), will review current laws regulating the governance
of condominium associations to identify any improvements in those laws
that might be recommended.
Among the specific concerns aired at the
public hearings in Miami and Broward were many related to public record
law violations, misappropriated funds, unnecessary repairs, cronyism, and
fraud allegedly perpetrated by condominium associations.
Chairman Robaina is pleased with the public
turnout at the meetings which numbers in the hundreds. However, he
is concerned at the number of serious complaints leveled at condominium
associations. Robaina said many condo owners claimed the state has
failed to take substantial action when responding to complaints.
He is concerned that condo owners are not receiving the assistance they
need to address the issues regarding condo association boards. Citizens
are particularly concerned by the timeliness of response and follow-up
by the state to complaints.
Assisting the Select Committee at the public
hearings are officials of the Florida Land Sales, Condominiums, and Mobile
Homes Division of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
(DBPR) who are busy documenting complaints.
After completing its state-wide public
hearing schedule, the Select Committee will issue a report prior to the
beginning of next session outlining any recommendations for legislation
consistent with the committee’s conclusions.