BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published March 15, 2021
Today is March 15th, otherwise known as “the ides of
March.” This was the day The
Romans considered as a deadline for settling debts. But most of
us relate this phrase to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius
Caesar, a soothsayer attracts Caesar's attention
and tells him: “Beware the ides of March.” And as we know,
on this date in the
year 44 BC Julius Caesar was killed. March 15 may not
be unlucky for you but it was for Julius Caesar.
Well, supposed we used March 15th as a wake up call
for preparing against potential danger. For example, you don’t
wait to make repairs to the roof during hurricane season, you do
it now, before hurricane season starts.
It’s also probably a good time to review the association’s
insurance policy with its agent to learn what the hurricane
deductible is, so that if one strikes, you know how much money
you will need immediately to begin making repairs.
I hate contracts that automatically renew unless you cancel by a
certain time. Use today to review all association contracts,
checking for the automatic renewal date, so that you have the
opportunity to cancel if you wish, instead of being locked in
for another few years.
If you have already noticed that portions of the concrete
building have been raining down on the parking lot, don’t ignore
it any longer and use today as the day to hire an engineer to
check what needs to be done to the building before somebody gets
If your governing documents work against you and not for you,
use today as the day to decide once and for all that we must
make revisions to the declaration or bylaws.
Let’s turn what we have always thought of as a “bad day” into a
good day by making a plan to get things done. If Julius Caesar
had woken up early and done the same, Brutus would never have
stood a chance.
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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.