ANOTHER ATTEMPT BEING MADE TO PUT MONEY AHEAD OF SAFETY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 8, 2019

 

You may recall that two years ago, The House and the Senate passed legislation that would have allowed condominiums in excess of 75 in height to opt out of a mandatory engineered life safety system. Legislation already existed that allowed these condominiums to opt out of sprinkler requirements. Condos opted out of the sprinkler requirements, only to be told that they are still required to install a perhaps even more expensive engineered life safety system.

 

Two years ago, The House and The Senate passed legislation to help alleviate the perceived financial burden of an engineered life safety system. The bill simply needed the signature of then Governor Scott. While the bill was waiting to be signed, the tragic fire in London, England occurred where dozens of people died. As a result, Governor Scott vetoed the proposed legislation.

 

Last year, another attempt was made in the Florida Legislature to waive the engineered life safety system requirement. It failed.

 

So, the bottom line is that condos are still under the gun. If your Fire Marshall says install that engineered life safety system --- you now have no choice. And if you donít have the money, you better find it. Canít afford the special assessment to install the engineered life safety system? Too bad. You may be foreclosed on.

 

This year, House Members Grieco and Rommel filed a bill that again attempts to protect condos from having to install an ELSS if they already voted to opt out of the sprinkler requirement. In addition, the deadline to opt-out of installing sprinklers or an ELSS would be extended from 2016 to December 31st, 2019.

 

So what do you think? Is this good legislation? Should Floridians be able to opt of the engineered life safety system and fire sprinklers?           


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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.


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