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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Regulation

What is the purpose of the division?

The purpose of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes is to provide oversight of the types of residential communities (condominiums, cooperatives, timeshares, and mobile home parks) that are regulated by the division. The division also regulates yacht and ship brokers. 

What are the division's responsibilities?

The division has responsibilities in five areas.
  • Condominiums and Cooperatives provides protection for the condominium and the cooperative form of real property ownership by establishing procedures for the creation, sale, and operation of condominiums and cooperatives. The division's activities in this area include ensuring that the declarations of condominiums and cooperatives meet legal requirements, enforcing compliance with state regulations, and educating board members and unit owners.The division also arbitrates and mediates certain disputes between associations and unit owners.
  • Homeowners' Associations has authority to arbitrate election and recall disputes, but does not have authority to investigate complaints under Ch. 720, Florida Statutes.
  • Mobile Homes has the power and duty to enforce and ensure compliance with the provisions of Ch. 723, Florida Statutes, relating to the rental, development, and sale of mobile home parks. The division does this by investigating complaints and instituting corrective action when it finds violations. The division also assigns mobile home mediators after receipt of a petition for mediation.
  • Timeshares regulates, fosters compliance with timeshare laws and rules, approves new timeshare resorts, and monitors current operations for compliance and performance. The division's activities include ensuring that the public offering statements meet legal requirements and that advertising fairly portrays the offer. These are accomplished by investigating allegations to determine if violations have occurred or could occur and initiating enforcement proceedings where reasonable cause exists.
  • Yacht and Ship protects consumers who purchase yachts and ships by licensing and regulating ship brokers and salespersons and investigating consumer complaints.

How long does it take to resolve consumer complaints?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the division took an average of 60 days to resolve consumer complaint investigations, which is less than the legislatively approved standard of 90 days.

How are these activities funded?

The division is funded from the fees, fines, and penalties collected by the division or costs awarded to the division by a court.
Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: FLORIDA CONDOMINIUMS, TIMESHARES AND MOBILE HOMES
COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT
7,145,153
102.00
TOTAL
7,145,153
102.00

Updates

Condominium Fire Safety. The 2019 Legislature enacted Chapter 2019-165, Laws of Florida, which extends the deadline to retrofit buildings 75 feet tall or taller, with a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system to January 1, 2024. The law also allows building unit owners, by a majority vote, to forego retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Websites of Interest
Community Associations Network

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 326, 718, 719, 720, 721, and 723, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Customer Contact Center, 850-488-1122

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