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Empowering Homeowners: Florida’s New Bill of Rights for HOA Members Takes Effect

As of July 1, a groundbreaking new law has come into effect, significantly curbing the powers of homeowner associations (HOAs) in Florida.

This legislation, HB 1203, titled “Homeowners’ Association,” is a comprehensive reform aiming to establish a Homeowner’s Bill of Rights. 

Key Restrictions on Florida HOAs include…

Uniform Rule Enforcement: HOAs can no longer enforce rules selectively among residents.

Parking Freedoms: Homeowners and their guests can park personal, business, or first responder vehicles (including pickup trucks) that are not classified as commercial vehicles in their driveways or any other legally permissible areas.

Access to Property: Contractors and workers can no longer be banned from homeowners’ properties.

Garbage Can Fines: Residents will no longer be fined for leaving garbage cans at the curb or driveway within 24 hours of a scheduled trash collection.

Holiday Decorations: HOAs cannot fine residents for holiday lights or decorations that remain up past the stipulated period without prior notice. Homeowners will have one week to remove them after receiving notice.

Interior Restrictions: HOAs cannot impose rules on the interior of homes unless the area is visible from the street, a neighbor’s property, a common area, or a community golf course.

Gardens and Clotheslines: Vegetable gardens and clotheslines are allowed as long as they are not visible from the street, a neighbor’s property, a common area, or a community golf course.

HVAC Installations: Review and approval are not required for central air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, or ventilation systems that are not visible and are similar to previously approved systems.

Fine Caps: HOAs are restricted to fining no more than $100 per violation and no more than $1,000 in total for ongoing daily fines.

Lien Restrictions: HOAs cannot place a lien on a property for fines totaling less than $1,000.

Violation Resolution: If a violation is corrected before the hearing or in accordance with the written notice, the fine or suspension cannot be imposed.

These sweeping changes aim to protect homeowners from excessive and arbitrary HOA regulations, fostering a fairer and more equitable living environment in the Sunshine State.

 

 

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