Let’s face it: Florida’s
community associations desperately need a regulatory agency, but
one that really does the job and is willing to enforce laws and
rules – not one like the Division of Florida Condominiums,
Timeshares, and Mobile Homes that is of absolutely no real help
to owners and obviously only serves the purpose of supplying its
employees with a paycheck.
The latest “MIAMI/DADE”
GRAND JURY REPORT is making it abundantly clear that the
“enforcement” provided by the Division is more or less
non-existing and provides the owners with more or less no
protection against abuses, scams and financial malfeasance.
There is nothing really
new in this latest Grand Jury Report. Prior committees
investigating Florida’s community association life have already
stated that the Division is not doing its job and is using
“stupid” excuses for ignoring the obvious.
Reading the comments of
the blog readers there seem to be some issues regarding the
financing of the Division.
Our government collects
about $10 million annually from condo owners and other parties
in community associations. This money is supposed to go into the
CONDO TRUST FUND and is earmarked for the
financing of the Division. But as usual in Tallahassee only some
part of the money is used for the purpose intended, a lot of the
money is misused by our legislators for their little
With $10 million a year
you could finance a well-functioning regulatory agency – no
doubt about it! And if you would put Homeowners’ Associations
under the umbrella of the Division it would add another $10
million to the coffers financing a Regulatory Agency. But the
money has to be used for the purpose intended – not “disappear”
into the general tax fund.
Life in Florida’s
community associations is bad enough. The stories about scams,
embezzlement, abuses and other financial mischief are piling up
daily – and so far nobody stands up for all the owners of
property in Florida’s community associations.
ELSE IS NEEDED FOR OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO FINALLY CREATE LAWS
AND A REGULATORY AGENCY PROTECTING THE “ESTIMATED” EIGHT MILLION
FOLKS LIVING IN THESE ASSOCIATIONS?