Property Insurance Reform & Condo Safety Passed in Second Special Session
On Wed., May 25, the Florida House passed Senate Bills 2D and 4D as part of Special Session 2022D to address the state’s dysfunctional property insurance market and shore up condominium safety, prioritizing Florida homeowners and residents.
Balancing the interests of all stakeholders while keeping consumers at the forefront, SB 2D contains several measures to stabilize the property insurance market.
Sponsored by House Appropriations Committee Chair Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, SB 2D builds on our focus on increasing consumer choice and affordability, addressing fraud and costly litigation, and holding insurers accountable. As Chair Trumbull indicated, “this is a great first step to reduce premiums for policyholders and continue to provide Floridians some relief.”
Senate Bill 4D addresses Florida Building Code issues, including a new statutory exception to the Code that will allow roofs over 25% damaged but already in compliance with the 2007 Code to be repaired instead of being required to be replaced. This provision will reduce the total cost of roof repairs and help to lower insurance rates over time.
Following the tragedy in Surfside last year, House leaders fought to pass meaningful reform that would help ensure that this kind of horrific event never happens again. Sponsored by House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chair Daniel Perez, R-Miami, SB 4D also addresses this issue with a House-championed provision requiring condominium associations to fully fund a non-waivable reserve so that structural integrity repairs and maintenance can be covered – not put off until it’s too late.
Among other reforms, SB 4D also creates a statewide program to conduct milestone structural inspections for condominium and cooperative buildings that are three stories or taller, 30 years after initial occupancy or 25 years if the building is located within three miles of the coast. While this bill will not bring back the 98 lives lost and the hundreds of others impacted, it is a tremendous step forward.
Senate Bills 2D and 4D now await the approval of Governor Ron DeSantis. For more information on the bills, visit www.myfloridahouse.gov.