UPDATE ON CONDO BILL SB 154

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 14, 2023

 

The big CONDO RELIEF BILL SB 154 made it through the Senate after undergoing many changes in various committees. And the bill got a 40:0 approval rate, something that doesnít happen very often. Read here the ENROLLED VERSION OF SB 154 as voted upon on the Senate floor. The bill is now In Messages to the House, where it is expected to be voted upon favorably. The companion bill HB 1395 would still face to more committee hearings.

 

But if condo owners in hi-rises expected financial relief from this bill they will be utterly disappointed. The sponsor of the House companion bill, Representative Vicky Lopez already stated that the Legislature will deal with the financial problems created by last yearís special session bill SB-4D next year. May sound promising, but it will not help the many families who will not be able to pay the much higher monthly maintenance bills we have already seen popping up in many of these hi-rise condominiums.

 

That leaves the question: Will we see another foreclosure disaster as we saw in 2007 or will we see a market flooded with condos up for sale because lots of families will run out of money and will have no other choice as to either waiting for the association to foreclose on their homes or quickly sell their homes on a market that most likely will see a big drop of prices for all these units.

 

In all honesty: I donít think the Legislature did their homework!


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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !


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