The firm’s latest Miami Herald “Real Estate Counselor” column is authored by shareholder Gary M. Mars and appears in today’s edition of the newspaper. The article, which is titled “National Media Focuses on Impact of Florida’s New Condo Safety Law on Association Budgets,” begins by discussing a recent segment on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria show about the financial repercussions of Florida’s new condominium safety law on the state’s condo associations and their unit owners. It reads:
. . . The host and panelists point out that the mandates for reserves and engineering safety inspections/reports represent new expenses that will need to be borne by condo owners. Their message to recent buyers or those who may be considering a condo in the Sunshine State: Do your homework and come to terms with the fact that the current monthly association dues for many properties are very likely going to see substantial increases in the near future.
Panelist Mitch Roschelle also bemoans that after the Champlain Towers South tragedy, many condominium owners in the state are no longer willing to serve on their board of directors for fear of exposure to potential legal liabilities for their votes and decisions.
While it did paint a particularly gloomy outlook for the state’s condo associations and owners, this recent morning news show segment was not the first and certainly will not be the last of the national news media reports focusing on the coming increases in Florida condominium association budgets created by the state’s new safety reforms. There is no doubt that many properties are going to need to increase their monthly dues and/or enact special assessments to address immediate needs together with the coming inspections and reserves requirements.