FLORIDA – Condo fraud laws must be strengthened, say politicians and police
Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald
By Brenda Medina
Published May 14, 2016
It was an open secret.
For years, the allegations of fraud, financial mismanagement and other violations in Miami-Dade condominiums had been reaching the ears of government officials, some of them now confess. Yet proposals to strengthen condo laws and regulations in the last two state legislative sessions in Tallahassee never were approved. Police departments kept referring complainants to civil courts or the state Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), which supervises some condo-related issues. And the DBPR insisted it did not have the authority to investigate many of the complaints.
But now the issue has jumped into the public spotlight, following an investigation by el Nuevo Herald and Univision 23, and groups of condo owners who are organizing to make themselves heard.
In an election year, the scandals have forced several public officials to address a problem that some county residents fear will only get worse as more and more condos are built in Miami-Dade. Read more: