Florida Mandatory Condo Inspection Laws

Florida's New Mandatory Condominium Inspection Laws: Drainage Safety

In light of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South on June 24, 2021, the State of Florida Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4D in May 2022. This significant legislation requires rigorous inspections of condominium buildings of three stories or greater within three miles of the coast when they reach 25 years of age, and for those situated more than three miles from the coast when they reach 30 years. Moreover, buildings must undergo additional inspections every decade thereafter, with these inspection records made available to buyers, tenants, and unit owners. Notably, for buildings occupied before July 1, 1992, the first inspection must be carried out by December 31, 2024. The legislation bars condominium associations from waiving the collection of reserve funds intended for routine or necessary maintenance and repairs after this date.

Particular emphasis is now placed on ensuring that buildings, especially those in proximity to marine or coastal environments, are adequately inspected and maintained. Such properties are exposed to high wind weather events and corrosive salt environments, which can necessitate more frequent and comprehensive maintenance. The new laws underline the heightened concerns for these buildings, urging owners and managers to be vigilant in conducting regular inspections by licensed professionals and implementing robust maintenance programs.

In relation to water drainage systems on commercial properties, these new laws make it all the more essential to ensure systems are robust and fit for purpose. Effective and safe water drainage systems can prevent hazardous situations, such as flooding or water damage, that might compromise the structural integrity of the property and pose a risk to occupants. Drainage systems require regular checks and upkeep to prevent dangerous situations, water intrusion, and environmental hazards associated with still water buildup.

At Drainage Professional, we are highly experienced in designing, updating, and maintaining drainage systems for commercial high rise buildings and condos. If your commercial property is subject to these new laws, we are able to provide free consultation on the safety of your drainage systems, as well as recommend new industry-standard drainage solutions that will provide better, long-term results. Reach out to us in our contact form to learn more about how we can help you keep a safe and healthy environment.

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