Florida legislature begins their regular session

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

The Florida legislature began their regular Spring session this week.  The biggest concern is of course the State of Florida's budget woes.  There are monumental shortfalls everywhere and the State is slashing and burning programs left and right while looking at all sorts of tax and fee increases.  There is a lot going on to say the least.


The Florida Association of Realtors ® has a great legislative tracking webpage, and I will be keeping up with them as best I can.  FAR's webpage. 

So far in reviewing these bills I see the following:

(1) Several measures affecting property taxes including the following.  Most of these have been proposed before but didn't get anywhere.

 - A proposed cap of 1.35% of assessed value. HB 385

 - A proposed cap on assessment increases on non-homestead property of 5% per year. HB 97

 - A proposed 50% exemption for new home buyers that would be phased out over a period of time. HB 97

(2) Several proposals requiring landlords to notify tenants if the property they are renting goes into foreclosure or a short sale situation. One of the proposals mentions a $10,000 fine for non-compliance. HB 401

(3) A proposal to allow vicitims of domestic violence to amend or break a lease.  (This has been proposed several times in the past but never made it anywhere.) HB 517

(4) Requirement for landlords to notify lenders if they plan to rent their property out, and restrictions against lenders who foreclose on tenants. HB 875

(5) Requirement for lenders to register vacant properties in foreclosure onto a State registration list. HB 119 and 221

(6) Amendments to the foreclosure fraud law that passed last year. HB 1181

(7) More changes to Florida's already confusing homeowner's insurance laws. (There are a bunch of these bills #'s .)

Those are the more significant bills affecting the real estate community that I was able to find in digging through this long list.  If you want to affect changes, now is the time to be contacting your legislators.  Don't wait until after the bills have become law. 


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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Rob -

It will be interesting to see what "gets done"...

I'm looking forward to your next update post!

Mar 08, 2009 12:41 AM #1
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