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Combating Condo Corruption: The Battle Continues

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner

(Tuesday, February 26, 2019) – Shining a spotlight on condo corruption at the recent Miami-Dade County League of Cities Best Practices Seminar has yielded results. Directly resulting from a condo corruption panel I moderated and in conjunction with the League of Cities, State Senator Jason Pizzo has introduced important new condo reform legislation for criminal acts under the Florida Condominium Act, Senate Bill 610 (“SB 610”). If adopted, this new law will strengthen or provide new criminal penalties related to kickbacks, official and accounting records abuse, unlawful use of debit cards and fraudulent voting activities relating to condominium association elections. Let’s work together with Senator Pizzo and others to ensure the State’s adoption of SB 610, giving our enforcement agencies important new tools in prosecuting condo-related crimes.

Also, the Division of Condominiums has adopted its new Condominium Resolution Guidelines for Unit Owner Controlled Associations (the “Final Rule”), imposing disciplinary guidelines upon affected parties who are guilty of violating the Florida Condominium Act and the rules promulgated thereunder. The Final Rule features penalties for, among others, violating a fiduciary duty, using special assessment funds for other purposes, failing to include required documents on the association’s website and failing to properly disclose a conflict of interest.

Check sibfl.net/events for the date of the next popular quarterly Condo Clinic series. For a copy of SB 610, the Final Rule or new Condo Clinic updates, my email is dgoldman@ sibfl.net or call me at 786.512.6364. Our residents need and deserve more reforms.