WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published February 14, 2022

 

Itís almost a dream, but a year ago things were certainly different in the condo world than they are today.  I was dealing with fights about mandatory masks in the common areas, fights to re-open the pool and gym, meetings only being held by Zoom and all sorts of other issues all related of course to the Covid crisis.

 

Little by little things started to get better, restrictions were eased, in person meetings started in some places and the community began to feel like a home again, instead of a hospital.  Itís still not perfect, but weíre getting there.

 

And then came Thursday, June 24th, 2021 when The Champlain Towers came crashing down in Surfside, killing 98 innocent victims.  It shook our community to the core and from this attorneyís perspective, changed condominium law forever.  As of July 1st, 2022 when new laws will likely go into effect, condominium law will be remembered as either pre Champlain Towers or post Champlain Towers.  The 98 victims did not die in vain.   They will be the reason why condominiums are about to become safer places to live in.

 

So between finally being able to re-start our lives in most respects because the pandemic has slowed, and what we learned from Champlain Towers, I have never seen Board members so eager to take actions and to make sure they are doing things by the book,  In my thirty years of practice, I have never had a more busier January or February.

 

Boards and managers are eager to start the election process for elections that were put on hold, budget meetings that were put on hold and projects that were put on hold.  Itís like the handcuffs are finally off and the Board members want to conquer the world all while taking Surfside into consideration.

 

My Board certification classes are live again and packed.  Board members and unit owners want to know the direction that the law is headed and what their fiduciary duties are.  I get more e-mails asking questions than ever before.  Boards want to make sure the actions they take are wise or even legal.  There is an amazing transition Iím witnessing where Boards are eager to learn,  build, repair, obtain bids, pass their mandatory inspections, while at the same time being very concerned that every step they are taking is legal and complies with 718, The Florida Condominium Act.

 

As a result of the Champlain Towers disaster, maybe Board members are now realizing for the first time, that their decisions actually may mean the difference in some cases between life and death. Maybe they just donít want to be individually named as a defendant in a lawsuit.  In any event, itís good to see Board members taking their responsibilities seriously, like never before.  Sure there are the bad ones that will never change, but itís a very small minority.  To the others, I sayÖÖ.keep up the good work.

 

P.S. Happy Valentineís Day!  Stop reading and do something romantic!

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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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