It is time to reload and focus our efforts! SB 736 is up in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Tuesday, March 24th at 1:30 pm. SB 736 – Residential Properties is sponsored by Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), the BAD Estoppel bill. (Please click here for the breakdown of the Bill from our CAN Alert, “Are You Ready for Higher Assessments?”).
Thank you very much for the steady stream of emails you are sending the members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. Your voice is being heard loud and clear.
Now is the time to again flood those Members with emails and telephone calls!
shifts costs from a buyer or seller of a property to your non-profit community association. Please email committee members and help them understand how damaging SB 736
will be to your community. If you already sent an email, please send it again.
In either case, please do pass this Alert to friends by using the “Forward email” link below and get them involved!
Please click here to get your message to the Committee Members. This link may not work on your mobile device, so please try it from a desktop instead. Make sure to include your name and the name of your community in the email. Please feel free to add any additional comments to the email template provided.
Members of the Senate
Regulated Industries Committee:
Senator Rob Bradley District 7 (Chair of the Committee)
Phone: (850) 487-5007(850) 487-5007
Senator Gwen Margolis District 35 (Vice Chair of the Committee)
Senator Joseph Abruzzo District 25
Phone: (850) 487-5025(850) 487-5025
Senator Aaron Bean, District 4
Senator Oscar Braynon, District 36
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, District 40
Senator Anitere Flores, District 37
Phone: (85) 487-5037
Senator Jack Latvala, District 20
Senator Joe Negron, District 32
Phone: (850) 487-5032(850) 487-5032
Senator Garret Richter, District 23
Senator Maria Lorts Sachs, District 34 (Her Husband is an HOA Attorney)
Senator Kelli Stargel, District 15( Bill Sponsor)
Phone: 850- 487-5015850- 487-5015
Some organizations, like the Florida Realtors Political Action Committee are trying to pass SB 736 off as a cost saving measure at the time of closing on a property. These same organizations are NOT looking to cap or eliminate their own fees, just those that will shift costs to your Community Association.
Non-profit community associations collect monies to benefit your whole entire community and not one (1) individual buyer or seller. Of course, we all wish to facilitate real estate closing but this Terrible Bill will increase your assessments because your community will have to make up the difference between the absurd limits (both strict time penalties and money) the bad bill imposes.
Estoppels require the community to undertake significant work and risks major liability for $100. Even if the $100 ceiling was eliminated, SB 736 imposes a ten (10) day statute of limitations.
Not only will SB 736 increase your Budget requirements, but it is yet another new proposed law that reduces your community’s time to collect its money owed to your entire membership.
If SB 736 passes and the Estoppel cannot be prepared within 10 days (current law is just 15 days) your community will lose all of its monetary rights on the property sold.