Real Estate’s 2019 Legislative Changes

Fla. Stat. §604.71 Vegetable Gardens.?When city fined homeowner for vegetable garden, Florida said That’s fertilizer!, essentially voiding local regulation of residential vegetable/herb gardens.

Fla. Stat. §119.071 Shhh!. Exempting public disclosure of current/former government personnel, spouses, and kids’: addresses; phones; birthdays; photographs: employment; and schools.

Fla. Chap. 117 Count on R.O.N. Remote Online Notaries may notarize signers not physically present but who appear by real-time audio/video recordings.

Fla. Stat. §163.3214 What a prune! Prohibiting local government from stopping pruning/removing trees on residences from March 1 – June 1 if certified by arborist as dangerous.

Fla. Stat. §553.79 Closing Permits. Building department may: (1) close 6 year old permits without final inspection if no safety hazard; (2) “not deny issuance of a building permit to, issue a notice of violation to, or fine, penalize, sanction, or assess fees against an arms-length purchaser … solely because a building permit was applied for by a previous owner of the property was not closed;” (3) Still enforce remedies against the prior owner and contractor listed on the permit.

Fla. Stat. §386.202 Vape Hate. With few exceptions, no more vaping in indoor workplaces.

Fla. Stat. §1000.05 No Anti-Semites! . Adds religion to protected class against discrimination by students and employees in Florida’s public K-20 education.

Fla. Stat. §627.7152 Get a J.O.B. not an A.O.B. Assignment of Benefits (AOB) are agreements that transfers insurance claim rights/benefits to a third-party (usually a contractor). An AOB typically gives the third-party authority to file a claim, make repair decisions, and collect insurance payments without the homeowner’s involvement. Insurers will now be allowed to offer insurance policies that restrict or prohibit AOBs to contractors.

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