Attached please find the recently released HB 1061 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale), relating to the hi-rise retrofit. Rep. Moraitis sponsored last session’s similar bill, HB 653, that Governor Scott ultimately vetoed.
HB 1061 mirrors the vetoed legislation by:
- Clarifying that in no case does any retrofit requirement apply to buildings less than 75 feet in height.
- Including engineered life safety systems in the opt-out available by a vote of unit members.
- Increasing the opt-out threshold from a majority of voting interest to two-thirds.
- Extending the compliance deadlines for those who have not taken an opt-out vote, from 12/31/16 to 12/31/18 for pulling a permit, and from 1/1/20 to 1/1/22 for installation.
- Establishing that failure to provide timely notice of the results of an opt-out vote to unit owners does not invalidate an otherwise valid opt-out vote.
- Exempting timeshares from the retrofit requirements, which shall otherwise be governed by the timeshare code provisions in s.721.24.
- Applying all these same provisions to cooperatives, in addition to condominiums.
Please also note that HB 653 also included numerous other condo provisions unrelated to the hi-rise retrofit issue, where HB 1061 relates solely to hi-rise retrofit.