Legal Changes For Florida Homeowners’ Associations

September 16, 2018

New changes to the law you should know in an HOA!


In March of 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the 2018 legislative changes into law for the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act.  However, these changes didn’t go into effect until July 1.

So what does this mean for homeowners in a condominium or other properties that are part of a Home Owners Association (HOA)?

Here’s a quick review of some of the major points:

  • The HOA can process a partial payment for an assessment, but the owner is still responsible for the remaining balance owed regardless of any restrictive endorsement made by the owner.
  • Associations are now allowed to post notices of meetings on the association website and/or email the website link to the members who have consented to receiving meeting notices via email. However, there still must be a physical notice posted on the association property.
  • Board members are allowed to communicate through email, but any form of voting through email is not allowed.
  • If an election is not required due to there being more vacancies than candidates (as well as nominations from the floor not being required), then write-in candidates are not permitted in the HOA election. Candidates running for the board will become board members regardless if a quorum is attained at the election meeting.
  • Any fines or suspensions must be provided in a written notice and delivered by mail or hand to the unit owner/tenant. These fines are due within five days after the date of the committee meeting that approved this fine.

There are many pros and cons to living within a community with an HOA. While some homeowners enjoy the perks and pleasures of an HOA, it isn’t for everyone.

If you’re looking to learn more about properties that exist within this realm, reach out to me and I’m happy to discuss with you if this is the appropriate living situation for you.

As always, I’m here to help guide you to your perfect home.