By Rafael Aquino

Published May 17, 2023  


In response to the challenges faced during the implementation of SB 4-D in 2022, the Florida legislature has passed SB 154, also known as the Surfside Legislation. The new legislation, SB 154, incorporates several changes that the Community Association leaders requested throughout our industry to provide clarity and guidance for condos regarding milestone inspections and the Safety Inspection Report System (SIRS).


One significant clarification brought by SB 154 is related to milestone inspections. Previously, condos were required to undergo milestone inspections immediately when the building reached 30 years of age. However, the new legislation allows condos to conduct milestone inspections at the 30-year mark and then every ten years after that, providing more flexibility for planning and implementation.


Furthermore, the bill empowers local jurisdictions to determine the frequency of studies based on their region's specific needs. This provision acknowledges the diverse requirements of different areas and allows for more tailored approaches to ensure safety and compliance.


For mixed-use condos, SB 154 addresses the issue of cost responsibilities. The governing documents of these condos can now clearly direct who is responsible for bearing the costs associated with inspections and necessary repairs. This clarification helps eliminate confusion and potential disputes among owners and associations.


In conclusion, while the Surfside Legislation (SB 154) brings some much-needed clarity and guidance to milestone inspections for condos, it is essential to acknowledge that, as I have emphasized in multiple blogs, not much has changed in terms of reducing the financial burden on associations with insufficient reserves. As such, if your community finds itself in this position, you must start communicating with your residents about what’s to come.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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