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New Florida Law Requires HOAs to Provide Members with Association Rules and Covenants

June 13, 2024

Big legislation changes for homeowners associations in Florida in 2024. Read the full recap.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed into law House Bill 59 regarding the rules and covenants of homeowners associations. Effective July 1, 2024, House Bill 59 requires HOAs to furnish every member of the association, as well as all future members, with either a physical or digital copy of the association’s rules and covenants. Furthermore, in the event of any amendments or alterations to these rules or covenants, updated copies must be promptly distributed to members. Prior to October 1, 2024, all existing HOAs must provide a physical or digital copy of the association’s rules and covenants to every member of the association.

Homeowners associations are granted the option to streamline this process by providing links to the complete set of rules and covenants on their official websites, subsequently notifying all members by email or traditional mail. It is encouraged that the association send copies of all its governing documents and rules to ensure compliance with this new law.

While this directive appears straightforward, its implications are profound. While many HOAs are dedicated to cultivating safe and harmonious communities, instances have arisen where certain associations have garnered attention for enforcing fines based on rules that are either ambiguous or overly restrictive, sometimes perceived as arbitrary, obsessive, or even vindictive.

This measure aims to foster transparency and clarity within HOA governance, empowering members with accessible information while promoting fairness and accountability in rule enforcement.

It is recommended that all homeowners associations take steps now to review their rules and covenants and prepare to distribute copies of the same to its members. Should you require assistance navigating these changes, our Condominium and Homeowners Association Team stands ready to offer expert guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.

Featured Authors

Featured Author

Christopher I. Miller


Chris is an experienced real estate attorney who specializes in representing homeowners and condominium associations. He has served as general counsel to over 100 associations and frequently provides certification classes. Chris often counsels clients on operations, document revisions and disputes.

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