The Following Press Release Is Issued By The Law Offices Of Aaron Resnick, P.A.: Class Action Lawsuits Being Filed Statewide To Recover Improper Transfer/Application Fees In Condominium Rentals And Purchases
MIAMI, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Class action lawsuits and claims are being filed across Florida — including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville — seeking damages and an injunction against condominium associations that have violated the Florida Condominium Act § 718.112(2)(i) by charging condominium renters and buyers improper transfer fees in the application process for condominium rentals and purchases. In a class action lawsuit filed last Friday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, August Lasseter says he was billed $625 in non-refundable fees when he signed a lease for a unit at one of the two high-rise towers at Quantum on the Bay in Miami. The charges broke down to $100 for a background check, $175 for "administrative review," $125 for registration and $225 for move-in. "I questioned it at the time, but it's not like you really have a choice," said Lasseter, 37, who runs a modeling agency. "They say you pay it or you don't move in." As The Miami Herald reported in June, "Condo associations across South Florida are ripping off consumers with high application fees in violation of state law". While the associations are permitted to collect refundable deposits, a Herald investigation found that some renters and buyers were being charged between $125 and $625 in improper fees, a clear violation of the $100 limit set by Florida Statutes. In addition, the Herald investigation found that nearly half of condo listings in Miami-Dade County showed application fees that exceeded $100.