|Hundreds gather in Davie to demand changes in condo laws|
By Joe Kollin
DAVIE · From the condominium board that forced a 77-year-old woman out of the apartment she owned because she owed the association 4 cents to those that spend owners' money with impunity, a state task force heard hundreds of reasons Tuesday why state condo laws need to be rewritten.
House committee members, who met for the first time in Miami last month, said they have been hearing nothing but "horror stories" about condominiums. Members promised action.
"We'll make sure the [condo] owner can have the state on their side and not have to seek their own legal counsel," said Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami.
Condo residents asked the committee to outlaw condo assessments based on the size of the apartment rather than equal cost for each owner; asked for a law to make community association managers more accountable to owners; and asked to give the state Bureau of Condominiums more authority to resolve disputes without making all owners in an association pay for the mistakes of their directors.
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