Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional trade association with more than 187,000 members, applauds Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing into law House Bill 1159 which includes important measures designed to protect and promote the rights of private property owners.
“Every day, local governments are finding new ways to encroach on the rights of private property owners and limit their ability to enjoy and use their homes as they see fit,” says 2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain, a Realtor and district sales manager with Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach. “Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Mike LaRosa and Sen. Ben Albritton, private property owners will now have a clearer understanding of their rights and will have access to new tools to help maintain their property.”
HB 1159 requires county property appraisers to publish a list of constitutionally protected property rights on their websites. The bill also allows property owners to trim or remove trees on their property without consequence as long as they have a letter from a certified arborist or landscape architect stating the tree is a danger.
The measures included in the bill become effective on July 1, 2019.
Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to 187,000 members in 52 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at media.floridarealtors.org.