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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

December 6, 2013

Dear Friends,

Each year from March to May, elected representatives from around the state meet in Tallahassee for Legislative Session. This year, a bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott to make several changes to homeowners’ association (HOA) governance, including the requirement for the Department to create a website where HOAs and Community Association Managers (CAMs) are now required to register. The deadline for registration was November 22nd, and as of the deadline we had 12,723 associations representing 2,563,801 parcels meet the registration requirement.

It’s important to note that although the initial registration deadline has passed, HOAs will continue to have an opportunity and obligation to register. DBPR will maintain the HOA registration website and provide an annual report to the Governor and Legislature each year until 2016.

If you have already registered as required, thank you, but if you have not, please do so now to ensure you are in compliance with the law. To register, please visit www.myfloridalicense.com/hoa. If you have any questions throughout the one-time registration process, please do not hesitate to contact the Department at 800.226.9101.

Have a wonderful week!

Governor's Corner by Governor Rick Scott

With our unemployment rate below the national average and more private sector jobs being created every month, Floridians across the state are enjoying the benefits of our recent economic turnaround. Thanks in part to the hard work of our public servants, Florida’s economic success is joined by safer communities, a growing tourism industry and the lowest unemployment rate since August 2008 at 6.7 percent.

Last month we announced that crime in Florida during the first six months of 2013 dropped 5.2 percent compared to the first six months of 2012. With these numbers, Florida is continuing on the path to reaching a 43 year crime low. Florida’s success in reaching these historic lows would not be possible without the bravery and hard work of Florida’s law enforcement officials and public servants. Thanks to their commitment to keeping our homes and communities safe, Florida continues to be a great place to work, live and a raise a family.

We also recently announced that according to VISIT FLORIDA’s preliminary estimates, Florida reached another record quarter for tourism. From July through September, 22.9 million visitors came to Florida, which is the largest third quarter visitation in Florida’s history.

The success of Florida’s economic turnaround is reflected in our dropping crime statistics and rising tourism. With the help of Florida’s public servants, we will continue to work until every family has the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream in the Sunshine State. It's working in Florida.


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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