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Over 55 Communities in Sarasota Florida

Adults looking for over 55 Communities in Sarasota have many options to choose from in what lifestyle they wish to live. From gated communities to town and village concepts, the choices are endless. Many prefer communities that are formed of associations of their own age group to share common interests and activities. It’s almost like a Club-Med for adults.

Active over 55 communities in sarasota florida with maintenance freePlanned activities and functions keep the active adult on the go and bring one of the best lifestyles to the retired lifestyle. Over 55 communities can be comprised of Villas, Town homes, Mobile Homes, Single Family Homes and Condos. Most adults wanting this type of lifestyle usually desire to have maintenance included with the residence.

See below the Florida Commission of Human Relations list of communities for over 55. More details about over 55 communities and regulations can be found on their website here. Please don’t hesitate contacting us if we can assist you with finding your home in an active adult community.

Questions about Age Restricted Adult Communities Florida

Some important notes that can be found on the State’s website:

The Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA), signed into law by President Clinton on December 28, 1995, amended the housing for older persons exemption against familial status discrimination. The HOPA modified the statutory definition of housing for older persons as housing intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit. It eliminated the requirement that housing for older persons have significant services and facilities specifically designed for its elderly residents. It required that facilities or communities claiming the exemption establish age verification procedures. It established a good faith reliance defense or exemption against monetary damages for persons who illegally act in good faith to exclude children based on a legitimate belief that the housing facility or community was entitled to the exemption.

Question 1
For the purpose of HOPA, what is a housing community or facility?
What are some typical examples of a housing, community or facility?

A housing community or facility is any dwelling or group of dwelling units governed by a common set of rules, regulations or restrictions. A portion of a single building may not be considered a housing facility or community. Typical examples include: a condominium association; a cooperative; a property governed by homeowners or resident association; a municipally zoned area; a leased property under common private ownership; a manufactured housing community, a mobile home park.

Question 2
May an owner of single family houses that are dispersed throughout a geographical area, and who is not otherwise exempt under the Fair Housing Act, qualify as a “housing community or facility” and claim the exemption?
No. The common use of the terms “housing community” and “facility” applies to dwelling units which are in the same location and have some relationship to each other. The dwelling units in a housing community or facility must share a common set of rules, policies, and procedures, that is applied to all of the dwellings in the community or facility. Further, although there is no required stated minimum number of dwelling units that must be present for the exemption to apply, there must be a sufficient number of dwelling units to constitute a “community” or “facility” in the common meaning of those terms. One single family dwelling or a duplex would not qualify as a “housing community or facility.”

Question 3
What must a housing community or facility do to qualify for the 55 or older housing for older persons exemption?
In order to qualify for the exemption, the housing community/facility must satisfy each of the following requirements:
a) at least 80 percent of the occupied units must be occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit;
b) the owner or management of the housing facility/community must publish and adhere to policies and procedures that demonstrate an intent to provide housing for persons 55 years or older; and
c) the facility/community must comply with rules issued by the Secretary for verification of occupancy through reliable surveys and affidavits.

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