Florida House Bill 837 requires owners or principal operators of a multifamily residential property with five or more units (including apartments, townhouses and condominiums) to have a CPTED assessment with a law enforcement agency or Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner by January 1, 2025, to have a presumption against liability for third-party crimes on the premises.
Our experienced practitioners can help you get the upper hand amidst the new law to meet legal requirements and protect your property from crime and frivolous lawsuits.Contact Us About a CPTED Assessment
Multifamily properties must pass a CPTED assessment by January 1, 2025, that documents compliance with the following security measures. Documented CPTED assessments need to be reviewed every three years.
You must also offer proper crime deterrence and safety training to current employees by January 1, 2025, and all new employees within 60 days of hiring. We can review your training curriculum for successful compliance.
While you need a documented CPTED assessment according to House Bill 837, there are differences between the legal security requirements above and those in a complete CPTED assessment.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) uses environmental factors to reduce opportunities for crime and fear of crime to improve quality of life and property value. As the requirements outlined in HB 837 are incomplete compared to CPTED standards and industry building codes, meeting them won’t completely protect you from security negligence litigation.
To meet your full security needs, we’ll use HB 837 as the minimum requirements in your assessment and offer an evaluation up to industry standards.
Whether your property is in the pre-construction stages or has been around for decades, we’ll help you pass your CPTED assessment and get the upper hand when it comes to HB 837 compliance. To ensure the smoothest path to success, we advise a two-step approach with a preliminary survey and an official assessment.
Preliminary Survey: A preliminary survey identifies vulnerabilities to resolve before an official assessment, so you don’t end up with a past documentation of noncompliance that becomes a liability issue. In our experience, most multifamily properties need at least a little work to comply with all requirements. We’ll guide you in the parts of the survey you can conduct on your own and those that require an expert for the most cost-effective approach.
Official Assessment: Once you’re ready for a documented HB 837 assessment, we’ll begin with a crime analysis of the property and surrounding area to identify any unique conditions. During the assessment, we’ll thoroughly inspect the property, focusing on the security measures set in F.S. 768.0706(2). Afterward, you’ll receive a comprehensive report testifying to your compliance.
While a documented CPTED assessment grants you liability protection, an attorney can try to undermine it by discrediting your CPTED assessment or CPTED practitioner. With C4SSI, our lead consultant Kelly S. Klatt, CPP, CLSD, FCP will ensure your assessment is conducted and documented to withstand legal scrutiny.
Klatt is a certified FCP which is a CPTED practitioner certified by the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, Office of the Florida Attorney General, as well as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD). A past in law enforcement and decades as a security consultant responsible for security planning, technology, investigations, policies and procedures, emergency training, testimony, and more leads to competent CPTED compliance that minimizes the impact on your property management operations.
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