SO WHAT’S IN STORE THIS YEAR AT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE?
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published February 15, 2021
Florida Legislature is in session, and there have been some
community association bills filed, but nothing to write home
about. CCFJ and I have been working together to hopefully get
legislation passed this year that will help communities. For
I drafted a proposed bill
that does away with directors getting certified by simply
signing a ridiculous self-serving affidavit that they read the
documents. I have been to annual meetings where I have watched
the manager give the new directors these forms to sign before
they ever read word one. From now on, you would be required to
attend an approved class like the over 21,000 people I have had
the privilege of teaching. These classes are free and on-line.
There is NO EXCUSE for a director not to take a class and learn
a little about condominium or HOA law.
I drafted a bill that
would allow condo Owners to put one sign in their window
supporting a political candidate that can be put up 30 days
before the election and must be removed 3 days after the
election. For HOA’s – the owner would be allowed to put one
sign in their window and one sign on their lawn. Why should
people who don’t live in community associations be the only ones
allowed to show support for their political candidates?
There is a provision in
the Florida Statutes that allows each condominium unit owner to
display a religious symbol on their door, of a specific size.
Believe it or not, owners in a co-op or HOA have no similar
right. They can be prevented from displaying even a small
religious symbol of their choice if the governing documents say
so. So, I drafted a bill giving HOA owners and condo owners the
same rights as members in a condo.
we will discuss a few other bills that CCFJ and I would like to
see. We are hoping that Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez will simply
amend her current bill to add on our wishes. Fingers crossed.
Feel free to let her know how you feel about the above.
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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.
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.