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CS/CS/HB 965

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2An act relating to real property assessment; creating s.
3193.1552, F.S.; providing a definition; requiring property
4appraisers to adjust the assessed value of certain
5properties affected by imported drywall under certain
6circumstances; providing for a nominal just value of $0
7under certain circumstances; providing for application to
8certain properties; providing for nonapplication to
9certain property owners; specifying homestead property as
10damaged for certain purposes; prohibiting consideration of
11homestead property as abandoned under certain
12circumstances; providing for assessment of certain
13property after completion of remediation or repair;
14providing application; providing for future repeal unless
15reviewed and reenacted; providing an effective date.
17Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
19     Section 1.  Section 193.1552, Florida Statutes, is created
20to read:
21     193.1552  Assessment of properties affected by imported
23     (1)  As used in this section, the term "imported drywall"
24means drywall that contains elevated levels of elemental sulfur
25that results in corrosion of certain metals.
26     (2)  When a property appraiser determines that a single-
27family residential property is affected by imported drywall and
28needs remediation to bring that property up to current building
29standards, the property appraiser shall adjust the assessed
30value of that property by taking into consideration the presence
31of the imported drywall and the impact of such drywall on the
32assessed value. If the building cannot be used for its intended
33purpose without remediation or repair, the value of such
34building shall be assessed at the nominal just value of $0.
35     (3)  This section applies only to properties in which:
36     (a)  Imported drywall was used in the construction of the
37property or an improvement to the property.
38     (b)  The imported drywall has a significant negative impact
39on the just value of the property or improvement.
40     (c)  The purchaser was unaware of the imported drywall at
41the time of purchase.
42     (4)  This section does not apply to property owners who
43were aware of the presence of imported drywall at the time of
45     (5)  Homestead property to which this section applies shall
46be considered damaged by misfortune or calamity under s.
47193.155(4)(b), except that the 3-year deadline does not apply.
48     (6)  Homestead property shall not be considered abandoned
49when a homeowner vacates such property for the purpose of
50remediation and repair under this section, provided the
51homeowner does not establish a new homestead.
52     (7)  Upon the substantial completion of remediation and
53repairs, the property shall be assessed as if such imported
54drywall had not been present.
55     (8)  This section is repealed July 1, 2017, unless reviewed
56and reenacted by the Legislature on or before that date.
57     Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law
58and shall apply to the 2010 and subsequent assessment rolls.

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