2020

 

LET'S HAVE A DEBATE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 19, 2020

There certainly have been a few debates lately and there may be another on the way. Who Knows? Maybe you think...

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HOA ELECTIONS – A NIGHTMARE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 16, 2020

Since the HOA Act [FS 720.306(9)] is not very specific in regards to elections of the board – unlike the Condo Act ...

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LET'S CHANGE THE PROCESS

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 14, 2020  

If you sit on an HOA board, it is vital to have your association attorney review your documents so they can ...

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MAKE SURE YOU DO YOUR HOA ELECTION NIGHT RIGHT

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 12, 2020

While the condo statute outlines a very specific and rigid procedure on how HOAs should  conduct the election, the ...

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TERM-LIMITS FOR CONDO BOARD MEMBERS

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 9, 2020

When HB 841 [FS 718.112(2)(d)2.] was enacted in 2018, we saw, for the first time, that legislators actually enacted ...

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PRO’S AND CON’S OF TERM LIMITS

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 7, 2020  

When I first heard of the law's change, I wondered if this is the right thing for our communities? Like anything I'm ...

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DOES THE 8 YEAR RULE APPLY IN YOUR CONDOMINIUM?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 5, 2020

Florida Statute 718.112(2)(d)2. states: A board member may not serve more than 8 consecutive years unless ...

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CAMPAIGNING IN ASSOCIATIONS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 2, 2020

On Monday Eric posted in his blog that we already learned that many associations have “No Sign” rules, meaning ...

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5 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT BOARD MEMBER

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 30, 2020  

I get asked many times what traits do great board members possess? What does your ideal client look like? Below ...

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IS CAMPAIGINING ALLOWED IN YOUR ASSOCIATION ELECTION?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 28, 2020

Election season is approaching in community associations all across the state.  We already learned that if the ...

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FILLING BOARD VACANCIES?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 25, 2020

In his blog on Monday Eric showed all of us the legal provisions that need to be taken care of when filling...

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BEFORE YOU FILL THE SEAT...

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 23, 2020  

In some associations, it is easy to fill vacancies; however, you have to beg for someone to participate in other...

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FILLING VACANCIES ON THE BOARD

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 21, 2020In light of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday and the controversy ...

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LIABILITY FOR ACTIONS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 18, 2020

I think it’s high time that we are getting back to the ways when everybody was held responsible for his/her own ...

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IT STARTS WITH YOU…

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 16, 2020  

When an association is prepared to sign an agreement, the Board should make it standard practice to have it ...

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THE BLAME GAME

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 14, 2020

So you hire a professional management company and leave it to them to run the place.  What can go wrong?  Well, as ...

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OWNER-FRIENDLY LEGISLATION AND POLITICS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 11, 2020

Labor Day is over and we have to get back to daily life. A good opportunity to explain a few things that are always ...

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BE READY FOR ANY DISASTER

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 9, 2020  

September is National Preparedness Month. Every year, Floridians brace themselves for another hurricane ...

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A LABOR DAY TRADITION CONTINUES

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 7, 2020

After living at Peaceful Paradise Condominium for 10 years and minding her own business, Darlys Dogooder decides ...

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OOPS – MORE PETS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 4, 2020

Let’s just face it: Psychology and Psychiatry are nowadays part of our daily life. And it creates many problems we ...

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FINALLY, SOME CHANGE…

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 2, 2020  

Management of an association comes with many challenges and rewards.  However, one of the most challenging parts...

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS AND SOME NEW FLORIDA LAWS
By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 31, 2020

New Florida Statute 760.27 defines “Emotional support animal” as an animal that does not require training to do ...

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ELECTIONS? LET’S GO!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 28, 2020

Once a year it’s time for your association to hold the annual meeting with elections – date set by your bylaws. There is...

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ONLINE VOTING?

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 26, 2020  

This year has presented many challenges, and having to handle the elections amid a pandemic will have a ...

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SO HOW ARE ELECTIONS GOING TO WORK?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 24, 2020

Unfortunately, it looks as if we will still need to social distance when it’s time for our annual elections.  So how ...

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ANNUAL BUDGET AND RESERVE FUNDS

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 21, 2020

It’s a matter of how you look at it when answering the question: Is it time to work on the annual budget? ...

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BUDGET SEASON IS HERE

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 19, 2020  

Budget season is here, and internal preparations should be on their way. While many believe the task is daunting and ...

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IT’S TIME TO PREPARE THE 2021 BUDGET AND IT MUST INCLUDE RESERVES IN YOUR CONDO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 17, 2020   

As Rafael will tell you later this week, management companies will start working on the 2021 budget for your...

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FINED FOR CAMPAIGN SIGNS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 14, 2020

Every time we are closing in on an election the fight over campaign signs and/or banners and flags we see owners ...

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SHOULD I ENFORCE THE RULES?

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 12, 2020  

Moving into an association comes with many benefits and some drawbacks.  Some of the drawbacks will impact ...

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BEFORE PUTTING UP THAT ELECTION SIGN………..

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 10, 2020

No matter who you’re voting for in November, there is no doubt that the eyes of the nation are on Florida.  Some of ...

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FORECLOSURES CAUSED BY ECONOMY?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 7, 2020

Yes, we will see foreclosures and evictions in Florida’s community associations. The Chinese Virus caused the ...

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PREPARING FOR 2021…

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 5, 2020  

As the budget season comes upon us, it’s very important that management, the board, and its committees prepare for  ...

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MORE ABOUT COLLECTIONS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 3, 2020

As promised a few weeks back, we need to discuss some very interesting pitfalls associations sometimes fall into ...

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MATERIAL ALTERATIONS – USE COMMON SENSE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 31, 2020

Material alterations have caused many board members and owners to suffer from headaches and sleepless nights...

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HOW TO GET YOU MATERIAL ALTERATION APPROVED!

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 29, 2020  

As design styles and resident types change, the common area may need to change with it, so the property stays ...

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MATERIAL ALTERATIONS CLARIFIED ---- MAYBE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 27, 2020

Several years ago, our firm was involved in a lawsuit representing many condominium unit owners against ...

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LOTS OF CONFUSION?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 24, 2020

There are always hot debates going on what an association can – or cannot – do in regards to posting names of ...

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HOW DO I GET MY REPORTS? 

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 22, 2020  

Many associations received an extra couple of months to complete their taxes and reporting requirements (audit, ...

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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.


As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.

 

Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.


Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.


As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279.


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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !