2021

 

AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT... PLEASE FIX THE INSURANCE STATUTE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 2, 2021

No doubt some changes are on the way for condominiums as a result of the Surfside tragedy.  The changes are long ...

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YOU FINALLY PAY THE PRICE!!!!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 30, 2021

With the Florida legislature watering down the initially demanded mandatory funding of full reserves by allowing...

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RELY ON YOUR EXPERTS

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 28, 2021  

As the management entity, we continually come across Board Members who are conflicted with raising fees. ...

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ARE YOUR ASSESSMENTS LOW? THEN YOU’RE LIVING A LIE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 26, 2021

How many times have you heard someone bragging about how cheap their monthly expenses are at their condo?  How...

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LET’S GET BACK TO OUR LIVES AS WE KNEW IT

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 23, 2021

The executive “emergency” orders are over and done with –Thank You Lord! Let’s get back to our lives as we knew it...

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POSITIVE CHANGE FROM THE PANDEMIC

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 21, 2021  

The Pandemic forced entire industries to rethink how they conducted business. For certain industries, not much ...

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THE EMERGENCY IS OVER!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 19, 2021

On June 27th, Florida was no longer considered to be in a State of Emergency.  Governor Desantis did not renew the ...

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LEGISLATIVE ACTION IS NEEDED!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 16, 2021

The tragedy of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside should be the final Wake-Up Call for Florida’s...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF RESERVES

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 14, 2021  

Reserves are monies set aside for specific expenditures that will be incurred in the future. Usually, such expenditures ...

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I WARNED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF INADEQUATE RESERVES

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 12, 2021

In May of 2018, at about the same time the engineer was advising Champlain Towers South that their building need...

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THE FOX GUARDING THE HENHOUSE?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 9, 2021

As usual, any tragedy attracts the profession that makes the most money out of disasters: ATTORNEYS! I really got ...

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FACTS BEFORE BLAME

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 7, 2021  

The tragedy at the Chaplain Towers cannot be understated, and although it has become a reality, it still boggles the ...

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LET’S NOT FOCUS ON BLAME – AND FOCUS ON CHANGE INSTEAD

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 7, 2021

As they say…hindsight is 20/20.  The tragedy in Surfside rips your guts out.  I had to go there and see it for myself. ..

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WILL FLORIDA LEARN?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 2, 2021

Everybody is talking about the tragedy of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside. Everybody wants ...

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MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS….

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 30, 2021  

The tragic events at the Chaplain Towers that now all the world has witnessed remind us that there is a first time for...

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A TRAGEDY WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 28, 2021

I was lucky enough to be on vacation the past two weeks.  This morning, on my last day, I woke up to the tragedy that...

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SOLAR PANELS & CLOTHESLINES

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 25, 2021

Over the years there have been lots of legal fights over solar panels and clotheslines – also called Renewable Energy ...

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EMBRACING CHANGE: RENEWABLE ENERGY

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 23, 2021  

Energy conservation laws may, to some extent, supersede architectural guidelines or requirements in the government ...

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YOUR DOCS CAN’T STOP SOMEONE FROM BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 21, 2021

You know those provisions of your governing documents that prohibit owners from altering the appearance of their ...

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PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 18, 2021

Until lately there was a saying: “If you can't do the time, don't do the crime!” And it worked perfectly – no matter ...

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7 STEPS FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 16, 2021  

There is a great deal of news and civil debate on the best approach to crime in our society and what should the ...

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THE COST OF CRIME

By Eric Glazer, Esq. 

Published June 14, 2021

I worked my way through college by working at The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  I loved my job.  I ...

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LIFE IS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL!

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 11, 2021

Life I getting back to normal: THANK GOD! We all suffered long enough from this Pandemic and it’s really time ...

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COUNT ON YOUR PROFESSIONALS

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 8, 2021  

Associations are looking to get back into the swing of normal operations, and that may mean pushing hard to finish ...

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EASE BACK INTO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 7, 2021

Well, it looks like the worst of the Coronavirus is behind us.  We are vaccinated and the world seems to be coming ...

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HOA ELECTIONS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 4, 2021

Since we are blogging this week about all kinds of different topics, I would like to talk about HOA elections. I get ...

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2021 HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTIONS

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 2, 2021  

Yesterday was the official start of hurricane season, and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting the ...

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MY MEMORIAL DAY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 31, 2021

Today is the day we honor all of the amazing men and women who fought and died for this country.  There are not ...

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FINES UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 28, 2021

We’re talking much about some folks fining their neighbors. It’s really a shame our legislators allowed such a dictatorial ...

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THREE STEPS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE FINING

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 26, 2021  

Most owners who live within a community association understand that rules must be followed and abided by....

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IS YOUR FINING PROCESS FINE?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 24, 2021

Prior to 2010 Florida law only allowed the association to fine for violations of the governing documents, if the ...

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LOTS OF NEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LAWS

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 21, 2021 This year’s legislative session created lots of new provisions in the community association statutes. Especially SB 630 -- Community Associations ...

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IMPORTANCE OF BOARD CERTIFICATION

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 19, 2021  

This year brings many changes to our association laws, and many are have been needed for some time.  These changes...

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HERE ARE THE NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE JULY 1ST

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 17, 2021

So The Florida Legislature has ended their session and I’m sure everyone wants to know what association laws ...

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NEW LAW DISAPPOINTS CERTAIN ATTORNEYS

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 14, 2021

Quite a few Florida attorneys were already salivating over the idea to sue associations for the idea to sue associations for ...

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COVID RESTRICTIONS

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 12, 2021  

There has been a great deal of hesitation by some associations to reopen amenities such as pools, gyms, ...

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SUING YOUR ASSOCIATION ALLEGING YOU CAUGHT COVID? GOOD LUCK!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 10, 2021

Many community associations have been scared to open their pools or exercise rooms during the past year ...

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RECORD REQUESTS – LENGTHY LAWS, NO ENFORCEMENT!

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 7, 2021

When State Representative Julio Robaina added FS 718.501(1)(d)7. to the Condo Act, we thought we had ...

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COVID 19: SOME RELIEF FOR ASSOCIATIONS

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 5, 2021  

Associations have, for the most, tried to keep up with the many executive orders and government guidelines from ...

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LIMITING ACCESS TO RECORDS – IT AIN’T EASY.

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 3, 2021

Almost every association I ever represented complains about the community pest who won’t stop asking for ...

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UPDATE OF IMPORTANT BILLS

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 1, 2021

Today will be the last day of the 2021 Legislative Session in Florida. All our Community Association Priority Bills ...

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GUIDELINES FOR ASSOCIATION RECORDS REQUEST

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 28, 2021  

Associations’ will always have someone interested in accessing official records. The following are some basic ...

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IOWA SUPREME COURT BRINGS COMMON SENSE TO THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL ISSUE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 26, 2021

The Supreme Court of Iowa came out with a big decision regarding emotional support animal law that I’m hoping ...

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LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 23, 2021

I’ve said in the last two weeks what I think about ESA (Emotional Support Animals). So this week I am blogging about an issue dear to my heart: Legislative Reforms: ...

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ESA SIMPLIFIED

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 21, 2021  

The topic of emotional support animals is complex and every case is unique. Allot of time has been spent in this ...

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FLORIDA’S EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL STATUTE – PART THREE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 19, 2021

It’s amazing when you think about it……. I get asked questions about emotional support animals all the time.  ...

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WHY ALLOWING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN CONDOS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 16, 2021

We all know that there are lots of different kinds of condos with specific rules, like for example 55+ and NO-PET ...

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WHAT DOCUMENTATION CAN YOU REQUEST?

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 14, 2021  

The association must walk a fine line when handling emotional support animal issues. These conversations ...

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FLORIDA’S EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL STATUTE – PART TWO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 12, 2021

Suppose an owner or a renter makes a request to keep an emotional support animal.  Suppose further that the person’s...

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL – REALLY?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 9, 2021

Let’s face it: There are many reasons why people buy into a NO-PET community. One being: ALLERGIES AGAINST ...

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ESA Changes

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 7, 2021  

There have been some changes in Florida statutes as it relates to emotional support animals. This was much ...

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FLORIDA’S EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL STATUTE – PART ONE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 5, 2021

Florida now has a statute that clarifies what associations should and should not do when someone asks to have an...

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SCREENING POTENTIAL RENTERS AND OWNERS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 2, 2021

We hear so much about screening and/or approving potential buyers and/or owners. And we hear as well ...

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STREAMLINING YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS…

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 31, 2021  

Most association struggles with new resident management. The underlying concern is about knowing who is moving ...

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BUT THEY WEREN’T SCREENED AND APPROVED!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 29, 2021

I often times get phone calls from board members who are upset about the fact that some new owner went through the...

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NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT – IT’S A BOARD MEETING

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 26, 2021

Over the years I have seen many association boards trying to circumvent the requirements of holding a board meeting...

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IT IS A BALANCING ACT FOR BOARD MEMBERS

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 24, 2021   Having a dual role as neighbors and board members can be difficult to balance and even ...

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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 three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

 

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 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 !