weeks ago, I wrote a blog called “It’s Time To Stop A True
Florida Farce.” I then wrote a blog thanking Senator Anna Maria
Rodriguez for filing Senate Bill 394 which does away with the
possibility of members of community association boards of
directors getting certified without taking an educational
class. Instead, they can sign a rather silly piece of paper
that states they have read their governing documents and promise
to enforce them.
half way there. We now needed a member of Florida’s House of
Representatives who would file a companion bill in Florida’s
House, mirroring the bill filed by Senator Rodriguez. I
received a phone call from Representative Borerro about 2 weeks
ago. He grilled me as to why I thought my bill was so
important. The silliness of the form that directors can sign.
The fact that there is going to be lots of new laws passed by
The Florida Legislature in regards to condominiums, but no
requirement that directors have to learn these new laws. And
finally, the fact that mandatory education can and will save
honored and now happy to report that Representative Borerro has
now filed bill 547 in Florida’s House of Representatives. It
mirrors the bill filed by Senator Rodriguez. There is no way I
can thank Representative Borerro enough.
no doubt in my mind that mandatory education will save the
lives, properties and money of the millions of people who live
in condominiums throughout the state. Florida would be the
first and only state to require a board member to take an
educational course. That would be an amazing bright spot for
our state and no doubt would lead other states to eventually
adopt similar requirements.
last few weeks, I had the pleasure of teaching my Condo Craze
and HOAs Board Certification class in Broward, Miami, Tampa,
Palm Beach and Orlando to so many people. I taught the
importance of having reserve accounts, having reserve studies
done by qualified people and the danger in completely waiving
the funding of reserve accounts year after year after year.
Interestingly enough, when I asked the crowd if they thought
education for board members should be mandatory, everyone raised
their hand. Almost everyone said they would never vote for a
director who refused to take an educational class.
Anyone who won’t devote a few hours a year to learning the new
condo laws does not deserve to be on the board in the first
event, we owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Rodriguez and now
Representative Borerro for their efforts in taking this matter
seriously. Keep track of Senate Bill 394 and House Bill 547.
Urge your local House Member and Senator to please support
them. If I never get another piece of legislation passed, this
is the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart. This would
really be my greatest honor and legacy. Education is the key to
running a safe community.