Florida Senate - 2017 SB 950 By Senator Stewart 13-01574A-17 2017950__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to homeowners’ associations; amending 3 s. 720.305, F.S.; prohibiting certain fines, special 4 assessments, and interest and late charges from being 5 imposed against certain parcels; providing liability 6 for attorney fees and costs; providing notice 7 requirements; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (2) of 12 section 720.305, Florida Statutes, to read: 13 720.305 Obligations of members; remedies at law or in 14 equity; levy of fines and suspension of use rights.— 15 (2) The association may levy reasonable fines. A fine may 16 not exceed $100 per violation against any member or any member’s 17 tenant, guest, or invitee for the failure of the owner of the 18 parcel or its occupant, licensee, or invitee to comply with any 19 provision of the declaration, the association bylaws, or 20 reasonable rules of the association unless otherwise provided in 21 the governing documents. A fine may be levied by the board for 22 each day of a continuing violation, with a single notice and 23 opportunity for hearing, except that the fine may not exceed 24 $1,000 in the aggregate unless otherwise provided in the 25 governing documents. A fine of less than $1,000 may not become a 26 lien against a parcel. In any action to recover a fine, the 27 prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorney fees and 28 costs from the nonprevailing party as determined by the court. 29 (c)1. A fine or special assessment may not be imposed by 30 the board of administration against any parcel during the first 31 6 months after the death of the parcel owner. 32 2. Interest and late charges incurred by the association 33 incident to the collection process to secure the payment of 34 assessments may not be imposed by the board of administration 35 against any parcel during the first year after the death of the 36 parcel owner. 37 3. An association that violates subparagraph 1. or 38 subparagraph 2. is liable for reasonable attorney fees and 39 costs, as determined by the court, to a prevailing party in any 40 successful action to enforce such subparagraph. 41 4. If a board imposes a fine or assessment against a parcel 42 that becomes due after the death of the parcel owner, the board 43 must provide written notice of such fine or assessment to the 44 executor of the parcel owner’s estate at least five times by 45 certified mail, return receipt requested. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.