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Don’t estoppel believing: Now it’s a law

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After years of unsuccessfully fighting its way through the Legislature, the estoppel bill is now law. Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday signed the measure (SB 398), which overhauls the legal process of estoppel letters. It goes into effect July 1. “We are grateful for this compromise that will benefit Florida homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, Executive Director for Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC). “The Florida House, Senate, and Gov. Scott deserve credit for finally getting this across the finish line.” Estoppel letters, or…

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After years of work, estoppel bill heads to governor

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We’ve been writing about it for years, all the while wondering ‘why,’ but 2017 was the winning session for an overhaul of the estoppel letter process. The House on Friday passed the Senate’s bill (SB 398) on a 117-0 vote, sending it to Gov. Rick Scott. “This legislation will benefit Florida’s homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, executive director of Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC). “We encourage Governor Scott to sign this good bill.” Estoppel letters, or estoppel certificates,…

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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Legal, judicial reforms again on lawmakers’ to-do list

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They don’t get as much attention as policy debates that gum up and even fracture legislative sessions (think Medicaid expansion), but a slew of proposed legal-related changes will be before legislators this year – some new, some old standbys. For instance, the Legislature will try to overhaul Florida’s alimony law for at least the third time in recent years. The same sides have aligned against each other: Ex-spouses – largely men – who say “forever alimony” isn’t fair, and their former mates – mostly women…

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Obscure issue aims for traction in presidential contest

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If you thought estoppel was hard to get people interested in, try the Renewable Fuel Standard. Generally, it’s a 10-year-old mandate by Congress aimed at getting more ethanol, an alternative fuel made from corn, into gasoline to reduce emissions for cleaner air. Smarter Fuel Future, a group that opposes the standard, had a table at this weekend’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando, trying to gain attention to the issue. The group says it’s an “unfortunate case of good intentions gone bad”…

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Disputed real estate estoppel bill clears House panel, but has a long way to go

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Amid a heated inter-industry debate among representatives of title insurance companies and homeowners’ and condominium association managers, a bill to shift certain closing costs onto the latter passed the House Civil Justice Committee on Tuesday with two “no” votes. Republican Rep. John Wood‘s HB 203 is based on the premise that HOAs and condo associations are charging unreasonable fees, “holding hostage” homeowners trying to sell their units in HOAs and making them pay for a “letter of estoppel” from the association before…

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Lawmakers vow to “smash the home tax”

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A gaggle of Republican House members gathered outside the Capitol Monday morning to register their opposition to a bill they call the “home tax” – and to smash it in effigy. “Any time you are taking money from homeowners, it’s a tax hike,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley. “We always have to be vigilant because increased costs to homeowners can come coded in other language. It’s still a tax!” The bill in question is HB 203, which would shift the burden when…

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You want more estoppel? I got your estoppel right here

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I like to think of myself as a centrist and I genuinely think good ideas come from both sides of the aisle. With that said, I must admit, that it’s kind of nice watching the Senate getting along pretty well. The vast majority of bills are moving through the upper chamber with almost no dissent and even at times, the dissent is itself bipartisan. It was kind of cool, for example, watching Joe Negron and Tom Lee genuinely and effusively support a recent amendment…

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