By Rafael Aquino

Published July 3, 2024  


With the recent passing of HB 293, Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Architectural Review Committees (ARCs) must proactively understand and implement the changes mandated by the new law. This bill introduces significant requirements for hurricane protection measures for properties within an HOA. Association boards, ARC committees, management, and association attorneys must convene and strategize their response to ensure compliance and maintain community standards.


Key Changes Introduced by HB 293


1. Hurricane Protection Specifications: HOAs or ARCs must adopt hurricane protection specifications for each structure or improvement on parcels governed by the HOA. These specifications must comply with applicable building codes and may include details on the color and style of hurricane protection products.


2. Approval of Conforming Applications: HOAs or ARCs cannot deny applications for installing, enhancing, or replacing hurricane protection measures that conform to the adopted specifications.


3. Adherence to Unified Building Schemes: Associations can require parcel owners to follow existing unified building schemes concerning the external appearance of structures or improvements.


4. Definition of Hurricane Protection: The bill broadly defines hurricane protection as metal roofs, permanent fixed or roll-down storm shutters, impact-resistant windows and doors, polycarbonate panels, reinforced garage doors, erosion controls, exterior fixed generators, and fuel storage tanks.


The Impact on Existing Association Rules


Many associations have guidelines regulating roofing materials or window styles, often prohibiting certain materials like metal roofs. With the new requirements of HB 293, these associations must revisit and revise their guidelines to align with the state's mandates. For instance, if an association currently prohibits metal roofs, it will need to reconcile this restriction with the new law that permits metal roofs as hurricane protection. 


The Need for Comprehensive Discussions


It is imperative for association boards and ARC committees to hold detailed discussions with management and the association attorneys. These conversations should focus on:

  • Understanding the specific requirements of HB 293 and how they apply to their community.

  • Reviewing and updating existing guidelines to incorporate the new hurricane protection specifications while maintaining the aesthetic consistency desired by the community.

  • Developing clear guidelines that meet the new requirements and provide parcel owners with the information they need to comply with both the law and community standards.

Proactive engagement is crucial. By initiating these discussions now, associations can avoid the confusion and potential conflicts that can arise when a parcel owner submits an application under the new law. Early preparation will also ensure that boards and committees are ready to handle applications smoothly and consistently.


Starting these conversations now will help associations comply with HB 293 and ensure they are prepared to handle their community's evolving needs. By working together, management, boards, ARC committees, and attorneys can develop a cohesive strategy that protects the community, respects individual property rights, and maintains the standards that make their communities desirable places to live.


In conclusion, the passage of HB 293 represents a significant shift in how hurricane protection measures are managed within community associations. Prioritizing discussions with all relevant parties will help associations avoid future conflicts and ensure a smooth transition to the new regulatory environment.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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