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.
3/23/2011 Proposal deregulating associations clippe… Welcome to the New Law.com. Click here to register and get s tarted. Sign Out | My Account This Site Law.com Net work Legal Web Enter Keywords RSS Feed Tw itter Facebook Hom e Le gal Real Es tate Finance Special Reports Ne w sle tte rs Court Central Public Notice s DBR Events Products & Services Advertise Classifieds Hom e > Propos al deregulating as sociations clippe d from le gislative bill Font Size : Proposal deregulating associations clipped from legislative bill Paola Ius pa-Abbott Contact All Articles Daily Business Rev iew March 23, 2011 Print Share Em ail Re prints & Perm issions Pos t a Com m ent ADVERTISEMENT A propos al to eliminate the s tate regulator that overs ees Donna Berger condominiums and property managers appears to be dead after legis lators removed language from a deregulation bill pertaining to community ass ociations . The proposal received s trong oppos ition from condo lawyers, association advocacy groups and the state’s largest property manager, who s aid the bill would expos e community associations to uns crupulous boards, Donna Berger managers and developers. It would have also forced homeowners to go to court to res olve conflicts with condo boards or managers. RELATED ITEMS Condo owners' only option may be suit if bill passes Donna Berger, executive director of the Community Advocacy Network, said the House Economic Affairs Find similar content Committee is expected to consider a new vers ion of HB 5005 on Thursday that no longer includes provisions to Companies, agencies mentioned deregulate community as sociations. Key categories The bill would have eliminated the Divis ion of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes . The revis ed Most viewed stories bill was filed late Tuesday. Lawyer loses license for advising clients to break into foreclosed homes “I’ve been gearing up for a big fight, but that’s what happens when community ass ociations get organized,” said Berger, a partner with Katzman Garfinkel & Berger. “They wield a tremendous amount of political clout.” Plum TV CEO Jerry Powers fights tribe over gambling debt The early vers ion of the bill sought to eliminate the division and other functions of the Department of Business and Involuntary bankruptcy filed against Profess ional Regulations that inves tigate and arbitrate condo disputes and licens e property managers . Without the ex-trustee Tolz intervention of the DBPR, condo and home owners would have had to sue their associations to make them enforce Five ex-Yoss attorneys forming Fort condo and homeowners laws . Lauderdale firm $144,000 real estate commission fight The revised bill still s eeks to deregulate several indus tries including auction companies, talent agencies, lands cape in shopping center deal architects, geologists, home inspection s ervices and mold-related s ervices . ADVERTISEMENT In addition to Berger’s group, Hollywood-bas ed The Continental Group, one of the s tate’s largest managers of community associations, is also lobbying to maintain the DBPR’s watchdog role. dailybusinessreview.com/PubArticleDBR.j… 1/2 3/23/2011 Proposal deregulating associations clippe… Continental Group chief executive Tim O’Keefe said the amended bill would be a victory for the millions of Floridians living in community as sociations. He s aid lobbyis ts and community association activists were able to make their point very clear in Tallahass ee. “Somebody mus t have realized that 3.5 million Floridians with $4.5 billion dollars worth of budget money s hould continue to be regulated and have a statewide watchdog like the DBPR,” he said. The original bill would have also removed licensing requirements for community as sociation managers , including criminal background checks . The bill leaves the rules intact. TOP JOBS **HIGHLY REGARDED NYC "GO TO" FIRM SEEKS REAL ESTATE PARTNERS WITH $500,000+ IN PORTABLE Eric Glazer, whose Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Glazer & Ass ociates represents community associations acros s BUSINESS** Hiretrends, Inc. South Florida, said keeping a licensing system for property managers is important. New York, New York BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY Wilens & Baker, P.C. New York, New York “I guess common sense prevailed,” he s aid. “Can you imagine a manager who los t his license for fraud and because of this bill he would have been able to go right back into that arena?” he asked. MORE JOBS POST A JOB ADVERTISEMENT If the proposed legis lation wins committee approval, it is s cheduled to go to the House Appropriations Committee. Pass age there would s end it to the full House and Senate for approval. Becaus e the bill has been des ignated budget-related legislation, it does not require a Senate companion bill and won’t go before Senate committees for further scrutiny. Paola Ius pa-Abbott can be reached at (305) 347-6657. Paola Ius pa-Abbott can be reached at (305) 347-6657. Subscribe to Daily Business Review Print Share Em ail Re prints & Perm issions Pos t a Com m ent dailybusinessreview.com/PubArticleDBR.j… 2/2
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