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February, 2016

Residential Condominium Associations Must Commence Fire Safety Retrofitting Process or Opt Out by December 31, 2016

February 22nd, 2016

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

In communities where residents live in close proximity to one another, such as in a condominium building in which unit owners may share common walls, floors, and ceilings, safety in the event of fire or other emergency is an important aspect that should be carefully considered. In such communities, the Florida legislature, the State Fire Marshal, and local governing authorities may require the installation of certain fire and life safety equipment in an effort to protect residents in the event of a fire or other emergency. In some circumstances, such regulation may require “retrofitting,” or the installation of additional equipment and safety devices to existing structures, even if the equipment was not required at the time the building was originally constructed. Because the installation of additional equipment could require a community association to spend a significant amount of money to bring a building into compliance with any existing regulations, both the safety and financial aspects of any retrofitting that may be required should be carefully analyzed.
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Spring 2016 – Legislative Update for Florida Condominium and Homeowner Associations

February 10th, 2016

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

The Florida legislature is in the middle of the Spring 2016 legislative session and there are a number of bills proposed that will be of interest to condominium and HOAs in Florida. As a reminder, none of these bills have yet been passed into law and most if not all will be modified in some fashion even if they are ultimately approved.

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