If you are considering buying in a subdivision, it would be good idea to know whether or not they are registered with the State of Florida as 55+ communities, or not. We have many of these in our area.
Sometimes the neighbors will tell you one thing, believing what the OLD laws used to allow. Or, they may just be trying to keep families out of a park that really now must allow them to purchase homes and live there. They may have purchased their homes before the Housing for Older Person laws or the Fair Housing Laws were enacted. So you need a source of good solid information on this topic.
Today, Fair Housing Law requires special standards to be met in order for a subdivision or park to qualify as one that can restrict residents to those persons who are 55 years of age or older. Just putting a sign up by the park's entrance is not sufficient.
You can quickly check to see if a subdivision has registered with the State of Florida by clicking on the following link: http://fchr.state.fl.us/housing_directory/search/Pasco/County Here you will see a list of parks & subdivisions, when they first qualified for their 55+ status, and when their registration is up for renewal. Good information to know.
You can also contact the the Florida Commission on Human Relations at:
Phone: (850) 488-7082
Fax: (850) 488-5291
Web Site: http://fchr.state.fl.us
I am sure that they will be more than happy to answer all of your questions about this topic. They have clarified disputes on more than one occasion for me! They can also advise subdivsions on what they would have to do if they wanted to become 55+ registered communities.
If I can also help you in any way, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me any time at: 813-783-4444. John Elwell - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. Licensed in Florida!
You can also visit my main webpage at: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com