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The Florida Statutes

The 2003 Florida Statutes

Title XL
Chapter 720
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Section 720.301, Florida Statutes 2003

720.301  Definitions.--As used in ss. 720.301-720.312, the term:

(1)  "Assessment" or "amenity fee" means a sum or sums of money payable to the association, to the developer or other owner of common areas, or to recreational facilities and other properties serving the parcels by the owners of one or more parcels as authorized in the governing documents, which if not paid by the owner of a parcel, can result in a lien against the parcel.

(2)  "Common area" means all real property within a community which is owned or leased by an association or dedicated for use or maintenance by the association or its members, including, regardless of whether title has been conveyed to the association:

(a)  Real property the use of which is dedicated to the association or its members by a recorded plat; or

(b)  Real property committed by a declaration of covenants to be leased or conveyed to the association.

(3)  "Community" means the real property that is or will be subject to a declaration of covenants which is recorded in the county where the property is located. The term "community" includes all real property, including undeveloped phases, that is or was the subject of a development-of-regional-impact development order, together with any approved modification thereto.

(4)  "Declaration of covenants," or "declaration," means a recorded written instrument in the nature of covenants running with the land which subjects the land comprising the community to the jurisdiction and control of an association or associations in which the owners of the parcels, or their association representatives, must be members.

(5)  "Developer" means a person or entity that:

(a)  Creates the community served by the association; or

(b)  Succeeds to the rights and liabilities of the person or entity that created the community served by the association, provided that such is evidenced in writing.

(6)  "Governing documents" means:

(a)  The recorded declaration of covenants for a community, and all duly adopted and recorded amendments, supplements, and recorded exhibits thereto; and

(b)  The articles of incorporation and bylaws of the homeowners' association, and any duly adopted amendments thereto.

(7)  "Homeowners' association" or "association" means a Florida corporation responsible for the operation of a community or a mobile home subdivision in which the voting membership is made up of parcel owners or their agents, or a combination thereof, and in which membership is a mandatory condition of parcel ownership, and which is authorized to impose assessments that, if unpaid, may become a lien on the parcel. The term "homeowners' association" does not include a community development district or other similar special taxing district created pursuant to statute.

(8)  "Member" means a member of an association, and may include, but is not limited to, a parcel owner or an association representing parcel owners or a combination thereof.

(9)  "Parcel" means a platted or unplatted lot, tract, unit, or other subdivision of real property within a community, as described in the declaration:

(a)  Which is capable of separate conveyance; and

(b)  Of which the parcel owner, or an association in which the parcel owner must be a member, is obligated:

1.  By the governing documents to be a member of an association that serves the community; and

2.  To pay to the homeowners' association assessments that, if not paid, may result in a lien.

(10)  "Parcel owner" means the record owner of legal title to a parcel.

(11)  "Voting interest" means the voting rights distributed to the members of the homeowners' association, pursuant to the governing documents.

History.--s. 33, ch. 92-49; s. 52, ch. 95-274; s. 4, ch. 99-382; s. 44, ch. 2000-258.

Note.--Former s. 617.301.

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