Florida Passes Law To Stop HOAs From Fining Cops For Parking Patrol Cars

Holly Matkin

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB476 into law last Friday.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida has established a law prohibiting homeowners and cooperative associations from stopping law enforcement officers from parking their marked patrol vehicles outside their homes.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB476 into law last Friday, Florida Politics reported.

Under the new law, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) cannot establish or enforce bylaws prohibiting law enforcement officers from parking their marked patrol vehicles in any area where they would otherwise have a right to park.

The legislation applies to the homeowner, tenants, and to their guests.

Republican Senator Ed Hooper filed the bill after learning that a Clearwater police officer was facing hundreds of dollars in HOA-imposed fines for parking her marked patrol car in her own driveway in an East Lake Woodlands subdivision, Florida Politics reported.

Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson noted that law enforcement officers must always be ready to jump into action – even when they’re off duty – and that having their patrol vehicles at-the-ready helps make prompt responses to emergencies possible.

Patrol vehicles can be a visual deterrent for potential crimes, and can also act as a signal for people in need of emergency help.

Sheriff Adkinson told Florida Politics that a citizen once ran to the home of one of his deputies in the middle of the night because a child was choking to death, Florida Politics reported.

The deputy was able to save the child’s life, the sheriff said.

“We like our deputies and our police officers to be visible members of the community and it’s part of that currency of trust,” he told Florida Politics.

Hooper, a retired firefighter, thanked DeSantis for backing Florida’s law enforcement officers.

“This common-sense legislation that prevents HOA’s and Condo Assoc. from stopping a law enforcement officer from parking their official vehicle in their driveway will make every neighborhood a little bit safer and it costs the community zero,” Hooper told Florida Politics.

“I have received a tremendous amount of correspondence supporting this good bill. Common sense rules again and kudos to Gov. DeSantis and my colleagues in the Senate and House for unanimously approving SB 476,” Hooper added.

The law went into effect immediately, Florida Politics reported.

Comments (39)
beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Good to hear, great job Governor!

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Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Nice! If only this same attitude towards LEOs can multiply throughout the states.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Parking a marked squad in your driveway could also bring problems to the officer and his/her family. Maybe if they parked in the garage? With all the hate towards LEO'S, that concerns me.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

FINALLY, a sane Governor and State Legislature (Unlike New York & California, plus some others!!!!)

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wonder if this will make it more difficult, in the future, for policemen to buy homes subject to HOAs.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Can I hear a "Halleluia???"

Stanracer
Stanracer

HOA's run by of liberals???

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

These HOA's and gated communities are designed to 'program' people to obey strict rediculous regulations in preparation for the NWO. Very few folks can wrap their heads around that concept. It's okay, go back to sleep. Just like Hitler created the gated ghettos for the Jews. These HOA's enact the most stringent of regulations are you are paying them for it! Remember the grandparents who had to move out because they took in their grandson who's mother died from cancer and father committed suicide? Wake up people.

RunCop
RunCop

Give some POS HOA President a little power and see what happens!

magnumforc
magnumforc

Ran into this years ago when the head of the HOA decided I could not park on the street in front of my home. The lightbar would not clear the swing-up garage door so there was no other choice. I appealed to the entire board, the issue was quickly solved and the car was there after work every day. There are arses in every community and unfortunately some are on the HOA boards.

Mic911
Mic911

Thank you for the legislators and governor!!! My son lives in Clearwater in a HOA community and there are several LE officers living in his area.

kdsq
kdsq

Remember none of those HOA members have to go through any psychology testing. Power for idiots just goes to their heads. Just look at all the idiots in congress who think they are smart.

S David
S David

Some of you folks scare me as much as some of the criminals you protest.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Hurray! No personal experience but I have heard these HOA Gestapo people r ridiculous with their rules and read articles on how mean they r. They have no right banning a police car from someone’s home! They r crazy power hungry people! We were visit my sister in an HOS Apartment complex and u could have no vehicle with any writing on it of a business or whatever, pickup trucks could not be open ended , had to have a cap or truck cover on them and this was for the visitors. I would never live in a HOA complex!

LEO0301
LEO0301

A good reason not to live in one of those communities. Anyone with a lick of common sense would welcome a marked police car in their neighborhood.

GForce48
GForce48

The fact that Florida had to take this action says a lot about the mentality of those that were imposing fines in the first place! SMH...common sense action by the legislature and Governor...thank you!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Given what they are asked to do, I see no issues with this, some would even value the addition of a police presence

PSOStone
PSOStone

HOA's think they are GOD. My Daughter lived in an HOA, Thry tried to tell me I couldnt park in front of her house. I told them where to put their warnings. THANK GOD my Daughter was smart enough to move out of there. It's TRUE, power CAN go to a persons head IF they let it!

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

I am just wondering if my HOA now has to reimburse me for the fines they levied for me and my wife's patrol units in our driveway? Hit me for over 600 in total fines before we went to the courts and got a cease and desist on them. Ridiculous the power these HOA have in Florida, Ours actually has a clause that you cannot park an open bed truck in your driveway over night. But if you want to live in good neighborhood in Florida anywhere close to civilization they got ya by the balls.

portManaT13
portManaT13

OMG!!! I just L❤️VE H🖤A's!!!
The state had to pass a law to prevent these self-important boards from obstructing LEO's.
Why do these boards have the power to levy fines on their residents in the first place?? That's the real cause of all this angst.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

I'm glad that Florida passed this law and basically put HOA's in their place, but what I find disturbing is that Florida had to pass such a law.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

While I support this law 100%, I wonder if the courts will find this law unconstitutional when an HOA contests it. It's literally saying that a private entity cannot set rules to it's own private property, rules that the homeowners agreed to when they decided to purchase a home there. If you don't like the rules, don't get a house in an area covered by an HOA.

Personally, I have no objection to a cop parking his patrol car outside of his house, but with so many people being triggered by the sight of anything LEO related, I can see why the HOA would want to pacify them. But the easier solution is to get on the HOA board and eliminate these stupid rules and stand up to the snowflakes.


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