Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1224 By Senator Simmons 9-01300-20 20201224__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to real estate conveyances; amending 3 s. 689.01, F.S.; providing that subscribing witnesses 4 are not required to validate certain instruments 5 conveying a leasehold interest in real property; 6 providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 689.01, Florida 11 Statutes, is amended to read: 12 689.01 How real estate conveyed.— 13 (1) No estate or interest of freehold, or for a term of 14 more than 1 year, or any uncertain interest of, in, or out of 15 any messuages, lands, tenements, or hereditaments shall be 16 created, made, granted, transferred, or released in any
other17 manner other than by instrument in writing, signed in the 18 presence of two subscribing witnesses by the party creating, 19 making, granting, conveying, transferring, or releasing such 20 estate, interest, or term of more than 1 year, or by the party’s 21 lawfully authorized agent, unless by will and testament, or 22 other testamentary appointment, duly made according to law; and 23 no estate or interest, either of freehold, or of term of more 24 than 1 year, or any uncertain interest of, in, to, or out of any 25 messuages, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, shall be assigned 26 or surrendered unless it be by instrument signed in the presence 27 of two subscribing witnesses by the party so assigning or 28 surrendering, or by the party’s lawfully authorized agent, or by 29 the act and operation of law; provided, however, that no 30 subscribing witnesses shall be required for any such instrument 31 pertaining to a leasehold estate in real property. No seal shall 32 be necessary to give validity to any instrument executed in 33 conformity with this section. Corporations may execute any and 34 all conveyances in accordance with the provisions of this 35 section or ss. 692.01 and 692.02. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.