Proposed Changes to the
Florida Building Safety Act
UPDATE as of 5/4/23:
HB 1395 has been laid on the table, an amendment was added in the house to SB154 and sent to Gov DeSantis for signature on 5/4/23
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with commentary from Jeanette Pollette PCAM, Penny Fay, and Georgia Miller
SB 154 and what it means to you
Revising the definition of the terms “milestone inspection” and “substantial structural deterioration”
“Milestone inspection” see lines 143-155
“Substantial structural deterioration” see lines 163-166
Authorizing local enforcement agencies to extend deadlines for milestone inspections under certain circumstances
See lines 202-209
This makes sense for areas that we hard hit by hurricanes this year.
Authorizing local enforcement agencies to accept certain inspection reports under certain circumstances deeming the inspections relating to such inspection reports a milestone inspection for certain purposes
1st Amendment dated 5/1 see lines 19-24
Very rarely will a structural inspection document all of the components, conditions, and their remaining life. These details are necessary to complete a SIRS funding chart.
Revising requirements relating to budget meetings
See lines 560-572
MS1 must be performed by year 30. Local BCO can require 25 yr.
See lines 192-201
This eliminates the uncertainty of where your property falls, as it pertains to its proximity to a coastline. It greatly simplifies compliance enforcement.
Associations must distribute copies of certain inspection reports within a specified timeframe and in a specified manner.
See lines 286-291
45 days after receiving the report, a summary must be provided to the owners. (lines (Section 9) 321-337)
Revising requirements relating to the purchase of flood insurance as a condition for maintaining certain policies issued by the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
see lines 370-416
MS1 deadlines revised
See lines 179-191 and line 779
If 30 prior to 7/2/22, MS1 deadline is 12/31/2024.
If 30 on or after 7/1/22, and before 12/31/2024 MS1 deadline is now 12/31/25.
*If an association required to complete a MS1 on or before 12/31/26, you may complete your SIRS with the MS1. SIRS must be complete no later than that date.*
The elements of a SIRS have changed
1st Amendment dated 5/1 See lines 822-834
- Windows and exterior doors
- All elements that effect the structural integrity of the building over $10,000 in value
Milestone Inspections performed by architects and engineers licensed under chapter 471
See lines 158-162
This bill recognizes the “Team” approach and eliminates the perceived requirement for the P.E to inspect every area and every component.
Defining the term “alternative funding method”
Amending s. 718.103, F.S see lines 423-429
SIRS and MS1 inspection substitutes
See lines 892-897
Milestone phase 1 inspection and report substitutes – local inspections that meet requirements (recertifications).
SIRS inspection substitutes – milestone or local inspections that meet requirements and are not more than 5 years old. There is no report substitution for SIRS.
Requiring architects or engineers performing milestone inspections to submit a specified progress report to a local enforcement agency within a specified timeframe under certain circumstances.
See lines 23-28
If a phase two inspection is required, within 180 days after submitting a phase one inspection report the architect or engineer performing the phase two inspection must submit a phase two progress report to the local enforcement agency with a timeline for completion of the phase two inspection.
Revising condominium association reserve account requirements
See lines 642-655
This portion provides clarity and funding expectations, for which an estimate of useful life is not readily ascertainable, or is greater than 25 years and funding is not required for replacement costs. An association must reserve for differed maintained.
Revising costs that condominium and cooperative associations are responsible for
See lines 233-238
Subject matter expert list
At TeamComplete we believe in fostering a culture of education and collaboration within the industry. A special thanks goes out to each of these experts for their collaboration.
Jeanette Pollett, PCAM -Association Manager Needle Rush Point Owners Assoc., Inc.
PH: (850) 492-2180
FAX: (850) 492-3308 firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Fay –
Zarahn Insurance Agency, Inc.
(850) 438-9169 X-247
(850) 208-2008 (fax) email@example.com
Vice President Association Services Relationship Manager, Truist