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Daily Business Review: Proposal deregulating associations clipped from legislative bill

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A proposal to eliminate the state regulator that oversees condominiums and property managers appears to be dead after legislators removed language from a deregulation bill pertaining to community associations. The proposal received strong opposition from condo lawyers, association advocacy groups and the state’s largest property manager, who said the bill would expose community associations to unscrupulous boards, managers and developers. It would have also forced homeowners to go to court to resolve conflicts with condo boards or managers. Donna Berger, executive director of the Community Advocacy Network, said the House Economic Affairs Committee is expected to consider a new version of HB 5005 on Thursday that no longer includes provisions to deregulate community associations. The bill would have eliminated the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes. The revised bill was filed late Tuesday.

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