DOES THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE WANT YOU TO REMAIN DUMB?
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published March 6, 2023
For those of you who are intelligent and decided to come to a
Board Certification class in the last few months and learn all
about the new safety and reserve laws, I applaud you. It was my
honor meeting you and teaching you all over the state.
I love that look in your eyes and the groan that comes over the
crowd when I tell you that you do not need to be here today.
You did not have to get certified by taking what I believe is
both a board certification and a life safety class. The Florida
Legislature still allows Board members to get certified by
signing a ridiculous form that says you have read your governing
documents and you promise to enforce them.
Are the new safety and reserve laws found in your governing
documents? Of course not. You have to be taught them to know
what you are now required to do in order that another Champlain
Towers disaster never happens again. You don’t learn these laws
by staying home in your pajamas, printing a form off the
computer and signing it. When the members of your Board can get
certified by signing that self-serving form, lives are at risk.
It’s ironic that they placed language in the new laws requiring
the directors to follow them or face breach of fiduciary duty
charges. So…..according to The Florida Legislature, you must
apply these new laws in your condominium, you just don’t have to
learn them and know what is actually required of you.
Every legislator I have ever spoken to about a mandatory
educational course in order to get Board certified is in favor
of it. Yet, it remains a mystery why in the past it has been
removed from the statute. The classes are free and are even
accessible via ZOOM. This year, there are several condominium
bills floating around at the moment. Not a single one has any
mention of mandatory education for Board members.
Back to the title “Does The Florida Legislature Want You To
Remain Dumb?” How else would you explain it?
HOA & Condo Blog
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.
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.