Florida Statutes Governing Condominium and Mandatory Homeowners Associations
Mandatory Homeowners (HOA) and Condominium (COA) Associations are Florida not-for-profit corporations. Local governments, such as the City of Orlando, Orange County and any other city/municipal government, do not have jurisdiction over the operation of corporations. Charters for all corporations operating within Florida are issued at the state level. Accordingly, the Condominium and Homeowners Associations disputes are handled at the same level. The state only provides mediation and arbitration in very specific circumstances.
For assistance at the state level contact the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes.
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions
The purpose of a mandatory association is to maintain the best possible property values for all homes within a subdivision or condominium complex.
Restrictions as to what one can do with her/his property are spelled out in the association’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. Property restrictions are specific to each association. A copy of these documents should have been included with the Property Deeds, which are signed at the time the property was purchased.
If you do not have a copy of these documents, you may obtain a copy from the Orange County Comptroller, Official Records Department or 407.836.5690. If you need a copy of your association bylaws, contact your association, Board of Directors or management company. It is to your advantage to read and fully understand these documents before proceeding with any action.
Association Corporation Information
If you are trying to identify your Florida incorporated association officers or directors, or if you are trying to determine whether your association is incorporated, you can contact the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations or call 850.488.9000.