ITíS ELECTION TIME AGAIN

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published January 30, 2023

 

This is going to be a very interesting election year for condos.  I perceive that there is definitely going to be two types of candidates.  The first will run a campaign that basically says:

 

CANDIDATE ONE: I have lived here for twenty years.  In light of the tragedy in Surfside, the dramatic rise in property insurance, mandatory reserves starting in 2025, and all of the new inspection laws that are now in effect; I have taken time to learn these new laws by studying them, taking a Board Certification class, and Iím sorry to say that our annual assessments will be going up.  I will do my best to avoid a large increase but make no mistake our assessments will be going up.  I hope to get your vote.

 

CANDIDATE TWO: I also live here for 20 years.  I was on the Board most of the time and we always ran a tight ship.  I tell you that there is not a dam thing wrong with this building.  Every time that a repair was needed, we made it.  We donít need to ring up a new reserve account.  We can keep things the way they were; when a repair is needed we will make the repair.  There is no way I will make any of you pay one dollar extra.  When a repair is needed we will fix it.  If we donít have enough money we will special assess, but as far as these new laws goÖÖ..as far as Iím concerned, Tallahassee can kiss my you know what. I hope to get your vote.

 

And here is what I predictÖÖÖÖÖÖ..CANDIDATE TWO WILL WIN IN A LANDSLIDE! 

 

Iím so sorry to say that but I really think itís true.  Iím not convinced that most condominium owners learned anything from the tragedy at Champlain Towers in Surfside.  They still just care about keeping the assessments low no matter what.  Terraces have spalling concrete?  Who cares, keep the assessments low.  Thirty year old roof is leaking?  Who cares?  Keep the assessments low.  The pool has been inoperable for two years?  Who cares?  Keep the assessments low.  The elevator hasnít gone up or down in six month?  Who cares?  Keep the assessments low.

 

The problem is that CANDIDATE TWO is delusional.  Mandatory inspections, mandatory repairs and in two years mandatory reserves will all be required.  The Board must adhere.  Itís like the kid in 7th grade running for Class President and telling everyone that he promises to ensure that there will no longer be any school on Wednesday.  Can he pull this off?  Of course not.  Will he win?  I bet you he does.

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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.



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