So as you now know,
Florida condominium law is amended to make it a crime for board
a ballot envelope or voting certificate used in a condominium
association election; and
official records or refuse to allow inspection or copying of an
official record of a condominium association… in furtherance of
There was a lot of
talk this legislative session that these new laws would scare
volunteer board members from running for the board out of fear
of now facing criminal prosecution. I just don’t get it.
Unless a director
plans on forging or destroying ballots or deliberately blocking
an owner’s access to records in order to cover up a crime, I
just don’t understand why they would be frightened from now
running for or serving on the board.
News flash……….it is
also illegal to use the association’s funds as your personal
piggy bank. If you do, you will face arrest and possible
incarceration. That has always been the law and certainly that
hasn’t deterred people from running.
Last I checked,
attorneys can get arrested and incarcerated for stealing from
their trust accounts. Doctors can get arrested for Medicare
fraud. Yet, the medical schools and law schools are packed.
People who have no
intention of breaking the law should not be deterred from
running for the board. Instead, they should be happy that
tampering with condo elections is now a crime. They should be
happy that directors who hide records to conceal a crime may
have time to think about it from their prison cell.
People who want
their livelihood or profession to be respected are not scared or
dissuaded when regulations are put in place that require them to
be professional and maintain certain standards of professional
conduct. On the contrary, those standards dignify the
profession and should be welcomed by those who enter the
profession with only the very best of intentions.
Who agrees? Or did
some of you already resign?