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Legislature passes bill on community association managers

Published:   |   Updated: May 2, 2014 at 02:08 PM

Lawmakers this week passed a measure clarifying what community association managers can do without having to hire an attorney.

The bill (HB 7037) heads to Gov. Rick Scott for review.

Hired managers of homeowners associations sought help after concerns that some of their duties constituted unlicensed – and thus illegal – lawyering.

The bill passed spells out those duties, like completing lien and delinquency paperwork, and codifies the forms they need to use.

It was sponsored in the House by Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover.

Mark Anderson, lobbyist for community association managers, called the measure “a hard fought victory.”

He asked Gov. Rick Scott to sign the bill into law “so that homeowners will no longer be in jeopardy of being forced to hire costly lawyers to hire the pool cleaner or declare a quorum at a condo board meeting.”

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