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PLEASE NOTE: Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation overhauled its website (home of, among other things, the website of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes) in 2018. Some DBPR web pages were moved in that process, making our links to them inoperable. If you find such a broken link, please let us know by clicking the “HERE” link at the beginning of this paragraph. In your response please include the link title you clicked on so that we know which link requires repair. Thank you for your help!
SCCA furnishes and maintains a reference shelf in four Brevard Libraries. The documents we furnish are chosen for their value to common interest ownership properties – condominiums, HOAs, cooperatives and time shares. We buy the books and their updates and we donate them to the libraries at Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville The libraries file all of them with a common reference number so they appear together on a “Condo Shelf.” We furnish Gray’s Compendium, Managing the Florida Condominium, The Condominium Concept, and other useful items. Ask the reference librarian where the Condo Shelf is located.
You can find a number of items in this website to learn more about the operation of your community’s homeowners/condominium/cooperative association. These include our “News to Use” page with numerous articles prepared by leading Florida law firms and other experts, as well as links to numerous resources on this “Links” page.
Why Historic Flood Maps are Important VERY important information impacting your association’s flood insurance premium!
“Home Guide to Flooding” Provides information about the meaning of relevant terms and advice for what to do before, during, and after a flood.
Webmaster’s Note: This link was sent to us by an after school tutor. One of her student client’s found it and thought it would be good to add here. They had been using our Links page as a resource for lessons about flooding.
Click HERE for a link to a Federal Communications Commission web page with information on what associations can and cannot do regarding the restriction of unit owners’ installation of satellite and other antennas.
The basic rules are contained in Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Rules (commonly called “Regulations”). Here is where you can find current copies:
Note: Most Florida common interest ownership communities are legally structured as not-for-profit Florida corporations. In such communities Florida Chapter 617, “Corporations Not For Profit,” applies in addition to chapters relating to the specific type of community. Consult your association’s legal counsel if you have questions about whether Chapter 617 applies to your community.
Note: Part 1, Construction Liens, is of most interest here for associations. These liens are sometimes referred to a “mechanic’s liens.” See this article generally, and carefully note the last paragraph. Mistakes here can prove very costly.
Florida Supreme Court Opinion on what actions by CAMs would constitute the unauthorized practice of law, May 2015..
Educational publications from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes The Division provides a number of free useful on-line educational publications for current and prospective unit owners and condominium and cooperative boards. The latter include an excellent self-study course on budgeting and reserves.
Forms from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Includes links to a number of useful forms, including board member certification forms for condominium and cooperative boards (referred to as “Candidate Certification Form”).
This is a sample of a Condominium Association Financial Institution Annual Report you may use to provide the names of all of the financial institutions with which the association maintains accounts. This information is required to be provided annually to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by section 718.71, Florida Statutes [Ch 2017-188 Laws of Florida, effective July 1, 2017].
Note: This site includes links to extensive information about the regulation of swimming pools in Florida, including links to applicable Florida statutes and administrative rules (commonly called regulations) and related forms. Links to Information about the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act are provided as well.
Condominium and cooperative associations may be particularly interested in the exemptions available to them under the provisions of Florida Statute 514.0115 and Florida Administrative Rule 64E-9.0035, which may be applied for using the forms provided on this site. However, please note that the pool supervision and regulation exemption for Florida condominiums and cooperatives is only partial; that the exemption must be periodically renewed; and that other requirements, such as the Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act, must be complied with. Pool regulation is a complex matter. As always, if in doubt about interpretation of applicable law consult your association’s attorney.
Note: While the Bureau of Elevator Safety falls under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants organizationally, its jurisdiction extends beyond the hotel and restaurant industry, including to Florida condominiums.
Find your local and Federal Senators and Representatives (via Florida House Website) — Click the “Find Your Representative” icon.
The City of Cocoa Beach also offers free subscriptions to several different electronic newsletters. You choose the one(s) that interest you. Click HERE for more information.
Community Advocacy Network (CAN) (Membership required for access.)
HERE is a helpful June 2017 newsletter from Ranew Insurance Agency about what to do when a hurricane is approaching and after it is over
Insurance Reminders for Condo Associations at Start of Hurricane Season Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.
Summer Storms + Disaster Manual from Brown & Brown Brevard Insurance
Being Prepared Just Got a Whole Lot Easier from Brown & Brown Brevard Insurance
Hurricane Plan from Premier Elevator Co.
Webmaster’s Note: This is a good document to review as you prepare your association’s hurricane plan. It is focused on that part of your plan that should address preserving your elevator equipment and storm related elevator safety.
“Disaster Recovery and Planning” pamphlet by Gary A. Poliakoff, J.D.
“Preparing for a Disaster” pamphlet from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes and the Florida Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Emergency Management.
Also see “Community Association Legal Briefs” in the On-Line Instructional Video listings on our Education page. These include several related to disaster preparation and recovery. The website for your city or county may also have disaster preparedness information.
Association Times This site, which describes itself as “A Web Resource for Community Associations,” has an interesting monthly e-mail newsletter to which you can subscribe.
Brevard County Clerk of Courts Online access to the Official Records Management System for Brevard County. You can obtain copies of all documents filed in the county by following easy directions.
Condo Management Magazine Condo Management Magazine is a bi-monthly condominium/homeowner association management magazine covering California, Florida and New England. You can subscribe to an on-line edition at no cost. Lots of good articles.
Condo Voice This site, coming out of the Tampa area, describes itself as an “online resource for community associations.”
Poliakoff Guide to Condo and HOA Living Includes various articles of interest to those who administer or live in Condominiums and Homeowner’s Associations.