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2020 Florida legislative changes affecting real estate investors
Florida’s 2020 legislative session concluded in mid-March 2020.  Several new bills affecting real estate investors were passed and sent to Governor Ron DeSantis for signature.  Fortunately for rea lestate investors, a bunch of anti-investor bills failed.  Here is my layman’s perspective on what happened.  You can read the full text of all these bills at: https://myfloridahouse.gov . As always please consult your own attorney, if you have specific questions about any of these new bills as they become law.
SB 1084 regarding support animals in landlord/tenant situations. This bill defines the previously somewhat vague term of “emotional support animals.” It allows for more detailed screening of applicants and their animals. It provides criminal penalties for fraud and abuse by tenants and health care providers. This bill has an effective date of July 1, 2020.  You can read the full text of the bill at: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s1084er.DOCX&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=1084&Session=2020
HB 625 regarding nuisance properties.  This bill allows the sheriff’s office to declare certain properties where criminal or gang-related activity is occurring to be deemed public nuisances and subject to fines and forfeiture actions. Effective date of July 1, 2020.  You can read the full text of the bill at: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0625er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0625&Session=2020
HB 1339 regarding affordable housing.  This is a ... more

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