HB 1013, which eliminates common law implied warranties in common areas of all communities in the state, was sent Friday to Governor Rick Scott for his consideration. Governor Scott has until April 28, 2012 to act on the bill. He can sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. This legislation leaves Florida home buyers with no protections for shared amenities and thereby shifts the burden for repairs to the homeowners and we urge Governor Scott to veto HB 1013.
If you have not yet contacted Governor Scott, please do so and urge him to veto HB 1013. It is the only way to prevent this bill from becoming law. You can e-mail Governor Scott at Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com and copy his Legislative Affairs Director, Jon Costello, at Jon.Costello@eog.myflorida.com. You can copy and paste the following suggested text in your message to the Governor:
Please veto HB 1013, which eliminates common law implied warranties in common areas of all communities in the state. This legislation will result in greater costs for Florida’s homeowners, in the form of repairing shoddy construction, and ultimately lead to more foreclosures. This legislation also leaves Florida home buyers with no protections for shared amenities and thereby places the risk on those least capable of protecting themselves. Thank you for keeping Florida’s communities in mind when considering this very bad bill.