It’s the Final Countdown! Vote No on SB 736

Senate Bill (SB 736) was amended again, further limiting fees associations may charge Title Companies. Who will pay for the overages? You 

This Amendment was brought and bought by the Florida Board of  Realtors.  Their “Call to Action” ask Title Companies and agents “even those that don’t sell in community associations,” to call their legislator to “protect homeowners.”  In reality, nothing is further from the truth. Make no mistake, if this proposed law goes into effect, Community Associations will increase their assessments. 

A delinquent owner will think nothing of an additional $200 being tacked onto their ledger if a sale falls through and the association will be left chasing the estoppel fee along with the rest of the delinquent bill and any outstanding amounts owed the association. As you know, we are not-for-profit communities. Your budget, collects money only for its expenses and not to make a profit. If some owners don’t pay, or if costs go up, the financial burden falls on the rest of the owners. You and me.

 This proposed Bill was heard on the Senate floor today and passed to the 3rd Reading Calendar. This means it is now ready to be voted on by the full Senate. If the proposed law is passed by the Senate, it then goes to the House for a vote of the House. Once passed by both Chambers, it is then sent to the Governor.

We need each of you to email and call your elected leaders today to let them know this bill will cost YOUR community in higher assessment!

 You can use the links below to send the message to all 160 legislators by clicking on the eleven (11) groups below. Please be advised that these links may not work on your mobile device. If you have a problem with the links on your mobile device, please use a desktop computer.

Click here for the Senators “A” through “F.”

 Click here for the Senators “G” through “N.”

Click here for the Senators “O” through “Z.”

Click here for the Representatives “A” through “Br.”

 Click here for the Representatives “Bu” through “C.” 

 Click here for the Representatives “D” through “G.”

Click here for the Representatives “H” through “L.”

 Click here for the Representatives “L” through “O.”

 Click here for the Representatives “P” through “Ri.”

 Click here for the Representatives “Ro” through “S.”

Click here for the Representatives “T” through “Z.”

The Community Advocacy Network (CAN), along with The Community Association Institute Florida Legislative Alliance (CAI/FLA), The Space Coast Communities Association (SCCA), Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL);  The Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC), Council of Neighborhood Association (CONA); Council of North County Neighborhoods (CNCN); and other leading statewide coalition groups representing the interests of neighborhood community associations and their volunteer boards of directors all stand against SB 736.

Even if you’ve never been involved in the making of a law before, we ask you to now. This is a clear case of a large special interest group, Title Companies and their friends, from all over the country paying Big Do$$ars to craft a law in Florida. Unfortunately, it’ll be at your expense.

 Yours in community,

 Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.
Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner
and Community Advocacy Network, Chairman