Part 3 of Understanding Changes to Florida Statutes for Condominiums, Cooperatives and HOAs: What HB 437 Means for Community Associations

HB 437 hanging flags

House Bill 437 (HB 437), a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2023, should be noted by any person living in a community association and every board member of a community association in Florida.

With respect to condos, HB 437 adds Patriot Day to the specified days during which unit owners may display 1 portable, removable flag of the United States or one of its military branches. As for HOAs, homeowners may now display up to 2 flags representing the United States, a US military branch, Florida, a POW-MIA flag, and/or a “first responder flag”; previously, only 1 flag was statutorily permitted. The statute defines a “first responder flag” as recognizing and honoring and of the following: law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, correctional officers, 911 public safety telecommunicators, advanced practice registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, statewide urban & rescue program participants, federal law enforcement officers.

Finally, HB 437 creates a new section of Chapter 720 providing that a homeowners association may not prohibit owners or their tenants from installing, displaying or storing items that are not visible from the parcel’s frontage or an adjacent parcel.

HB 437 Key Factors:

  • HB 437 amends Chapter 718 to provide for Condominium Associations that certain flags may now be flown on Patriot Day (September 11th) in addition to the existing list of holidays for which a Condominium unit owner may fly 1 portable, removable flag.
  • HB 437 further amends Chapter 720 for Homeowners Associations to allow the flying of up to two (2) flags and expands the list of allowable flags to include “First Responder flags”.

Why is HB 437 important?

For Homeowners Associations, this legislation also creates a new Section of Chapter 720 to allow the installation, display and storage of items in a Homeowner’s rear yard, so long as such items are not visible from the frontage of the parcel or from an adjacent parcel. This would include the ability of a homeowner to store, place or install any items, such as boats, RV’s, and artificial turf, or any other items, so long as they are not visible from adjoining parcels or from the front of the parcel. Associations should contact their association legal counsel to discuss the provisions of HB 437 and whether there are any constitutional issues relative to such new law and its amendments to the Florida Statutes.


Steven G. Rappaport

Steven G. Rappaport is an Equity Partner in the Community Associations Practice Group. Mr. Rappaport handles transactional matters for the firm’s community association clients, including drafting amendments to governing documents, attending Board meetings and elections, handling covenant enforcement disputes, and providing opinions on all aspects of association issues. To learn more about Steven including how to work with him, click here. 

Michael Ungerbuehler

Associate Attorney Michael Ungerbuehler has been helping community associations across the State of Florida with their legal needs for more than 20 years. In January 2018, Michael joined Sachs Sax Caplan to focus his representation of community associations in South Florida. To learn more about Michael including how to work with him, click here

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