The Law Spot – Legislative Update

Legislative Update

The 2019 Legislative Session did not have a great impact on community associations. HB 7103 which is now Chapter 2019 – 165 did extend the time for local authority to require retrofitting an existing high-rise condominium building to January 1, 2024. The section from S. 718 follows.

(l) Firesafety.—An association must ensure compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code. As to a residential condominium building that is a high-rise building as defined under the Florida Fire Prevention Code, the association must retrofit either a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system as specified in the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Notwithstanding chapter 633 or of any other code, statute, ordinance, administrative rule, or regulation, or any interpretation of the foregoing, an association, residential condominium, or unit owner is not obligated to retrofit the common elements, association property, or units of a residential condominium with a fire sprinkler system in a building that has been certified for occupancy by the applicable governmental entity if the unit owners have voted to forego such retrofitting by the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting interests in the affected condominium. The local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system before January 1, 2024.

The legislature also passed SB 7012 which became Chapter 2019 -14 restricting vaping in enclosed workplaces. The statute made vaping the same as smoking and it is prohibited in enclosed workplaces just like smoking. The statute may be found at the following link.

http://laws.flrules.org/2019/165

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