Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 060328
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File Number: 060328 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-324-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: CONDOMINIUM CONVERSIONS Introduced: 2/2/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/9/2006
Agenda Date: 3/7/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A11
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO DESIGNATE A DEPARTMENT OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 17.01 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, ''CONDOMINIUM CONVERSIONS; EXTENSION OF RENTAL AGREEMENTS''
Indexes:
  CONDOMINIUMS
  HOUSING
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/9/2006 11A11 Adopted P

Board of County Commissioners 3/7/2006 11A11 Carried over 3/9/2006

Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 2/16/2006 2B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Edmonson noted she would like to move this item with the following statement: ‘As we are all aware, Miami-Dade County is experiencing a severe shortage of affordable housing. Exacerbating this crisis was the fact that much of the affordable housing rental stock or supply was being converted from rental apartments to condos. These driving market forces and escalating real estate prices displace and disrupt the lives of renting tenants, who are our working class families. Once given notice, they must now purchase their unit to seek alternative rental accommodations. This Board, back in the early 1980’s, under the leadership and sponsorship of then commissioner, Harvey Ruvin, declared a rental housing vacancy rate emergency of less than 3% Countywide. That action and legislation was codified in 1980 in Miami-Dade County Code Section 17-01. It provides an additional 90 days time for Dade County tenants to remain in possession of their lease apartments while they seek new accommodations. This is 90 days over and above the State statutorily authorized 270 and/or 180 days. That ordinance, 17-01, has been on the books for more than 20 years, but no County department or agency was ever identified to oversee its application. By this resolution, I am requesting the Manager to identify a County department for development and implementation of an educational campaign to inform the public of these rights and benefits under our local County Code.’ Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 2/2/2006 Referred Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 2/16/2006

County Attorney 2/2/2006 Assigned Terrence A. Smith 2/2/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO DESIGNATE A DEPARTMENT OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 17.01 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, ''CONDOMINIUM CONVERSIONS; EXTENSION OF RENTAL AGREEMENTS''

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation, commonly known as the "Roth Act," related to condominium conversions; and
WHEREAS, the Roth Act creates certain rights for tenants residing in rental housing units subject to conversion from rental housing to condominiums, including but not limited to the right to extend their rental agreements; and
WHEREAS, the Roth Act authorizes counties, including charter counties, to adopt ordinances extending the notice requirements for an additional 90 days following findings by said counties that there exist a vacancy rate in rental housing of three percent (3%) or less and that there is a housing emergency so grave as to constitute a serious menace to the general public and that such controls are necessary and proper to eliminate such grave housing emergency; and
WHEREAS, on September 2, 1980, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners ("Board") adopted Ordinance No. 80-87, codified at Section 17-01 of the Code of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, said ordinance found that the vacancy rates in rental housing in Miami-Dade County was three percent (3%) or less and that there existed a housing emergency in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the surge in condominium conversions continues to be on the rise in Miami-Dade County resulting in a depletion of the supply of available rental housing units; and
WHEREAS, many Miami-Dade residents are unaware of their rights under the Roth Act and Section 17-01 of the Code of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to educate the public concerning their obligations and rights under these laws,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the County Manager is directed to designate a department of Miami-Dade County to develop and implement a program to educate the public concerning their obligations and rights under Section 17.01 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.



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