On June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South, a 12-floor condominium in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. The collapse happened suddenly and resulted in mass casualties. While the investigation and litigation continue, it is clear the collapse was the result of the association not funding and initiating critical repairs.
The collapse resulted in new laws passed in 2022 and 2023 that require condominium buildings 3 stories or higher to undergo structural "milestone inspections" based on the age of the building and the distance from the ocean. Longboat Harbour checks all the wrong boxes on hight, age and location.
The law requires associations to promptly make any needed repairs. The law also requires condo associations to fully fund reserves for any structural repairs that the inspections determine will be needed in the future. Follow the link in the right hand column to read the law.
The required inspections were quickly started at Longboat Harbour and the final report was received in July of 2023 . Both the summary and the full inspection report are available by following the links to the right. The roof inspection is also complete and available by following the link to the right.
All of our buildings passed the Milestone Structural Inspection! We are lucky that the poles supporting the lanais are in place because the lanais were only built to support light screen enclosures. Most now have windows, including heavy hurricanes windows, and the lanais would have failed inspection if they were still as built.
The roofs were determined to have at least 10 years of life remaining in a separate inspection, which means they are insurable as is.
These are very favorable results, and LbH will not be have the same kind of massively expensive repairs other condo associations are facing.