Will a Florida special session lead to new requirements for condos?

In a News Service of Florida article by Jim Turner, people raised concerns about “additional requirements on condominium buildings and the property insurance market that’s going downhill.”

Turner said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “will welcome lawmakers’ return to Tallahassee” for a special session addressing the topics.

According to the legislature, the governor can call special elections. In this special election, a decision on property taxes and some new requirements for condos are on the ballot. Turner said lawmakers proposed the new requirements partly because 98 people died last year when the Champlain Towers South collapsed.

The proposed requirements include inspections and financial reserves for repairs. However, the House and Senate didn’t agree to pass these changes this year.

Florida passed a property insurance bill in 2021, which Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, called a “pretty good bill.” The bill enacted changes for condos, like formulas that limit the use of attorneys who represent homeowners in lawsuits against insurers. It also included a proposal to prevent roofing contractors from advertising insurance claims to spare homes.

More news will come concerning the special session that Gov. DeSantis can call.

Author: Jim Turner/News Service of Florida

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