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As with all such commentary, the only meaningful legal interpretation should be that of your Association's attorney. The article, while benefitting from some general legal input, is not meant to replace or in any way substitute for legal representation.
It does NOT mean that we are out of the woods. The amendment co-sponsored by Senators Geller and Lynn SB does allow condominiums to opt out of the exigencies wrought by the January 1, Fire Safety Legislation.
The law contains identical language in a subsequent section for cooperatives. For purposes of this subsection, the term "common areas" means any enclosed hallway, corridor, lobby, stairwell, or entryway.
After such notice is provided to each owner, a copy of such notice shall be provided by the current owner to a new owner prior to closing and shall be provided by a unit owner to a renter prior to signing a lease. Once a decision to opt out is arrived at as a result of the vote, the Association has the responsibility to perform some additional housekeeping.
The division shall annually report to the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services the number of condominiums that have elected to forego retrofitting. They, in turn, must notify the State Fire Marshal currently Tom Gallagher as to the number of buildings that have elected to opt out.
This amendment very clearly relieves condominium owners of certain onerous financial requirements that are meted out in the original legislation. This affects the owners on several levels. It removes the cost attached to sprinkler heads in each unit along with the adjunctive plumbing.
While the financial demands on Condominium owners have been substantially diminished by this amendment, the remaining requirements, at first glance, seem extensive and expensive.
However, upon closer scrutiny, this appears not be the case!
The concept of sprinklers uniquely installed into the common areas of a building is foreign to the NFPA code! In any event, the amendment is an excellent first step. We are clearly in debt to Representative Mack, Senators Geller and Lynn, and the lobbying effort borne by Becker-Poliakoff for delivering such palpable relief in an extremely short period.
It is reasonable to assume that this opposition, primarily comprised of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, The National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the Fire Marshals Association, will be back next year to restore the resources seemingly lost to their clients.
This will require an equally effective response by our representatives. This means relying on Becker-Poliakoff to successfully accomplish three simultaneous objectives. They need to fend off the expected attempts by the same vested interests to resecure that major payday at our expense.
We also need to disseminate the truth surrounding this issue to defend against the hysteria that was used incessantly by the opposition to intimidate media-sensitive politicians.
Condominiums and Cooperatives on the Galt Mile maintain containment, automatic recall, and alarm features sufficient to designate these structures as some of the safest in South Florida. As explained by Representative Connie Mack, we feel that the decision about the degree of protection warranted by a condominium should be left to its owners.
Those that stand to gain or lose from its effectiveness should also determine the type of protection. Our future response needs to expand upon the intent of the amendment. As such, the surviving requirement to sprinkler the common areas of our homes should be removed and the decision regarding its necessity left to us.
In its three decades of existence, not one life has been lost to fire. Might we suggest that this is a result of conscientious condo owners making numerous correct decisions about the scope and quality of protection necessary for their families, their property, and their lives!
It is always propitious to review the actual text of the amendment when evaluating the advice of an attorney and an insurance agent with regard to an Association's options. Click Here to access the text of the amendment in its entirety. To participate in the Fire Safety Lobby to exempt your community from an expensive retrofittingcontact Attorney Donna D.
She can be contacted by E-mail at dberger becker-poliakoff.
The law that this effort amends required that any high-rise building 75 feet or higher be retrofitted with an automatic sprinkler system inside each unit by pursuant to the requirements of the NFPA-1 National Fire Protection Association National Fire Prevention Code.
There are two exemptions to this requirement: A if every unit opens onto an open-air walkway with access to two remote stairwells or B if a building chooses to install an engineered life safety system in lieu of the total retrofit.
The engineered life safety system is not clearly defined by the Code but it typically consists of a partial sprinkler system together with various components including a sophisticated fire alarm system, fire-rated corridor and unit doors, self-closing mechanisms on the unit doors, elevator recall system, etc.Chapter Ohio Fire Code.
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