REMINDER: EVEN IF YOU VOTED DOWN
SPRINKLERS YOUíRE NOT OUT OF THE WOOD
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published March 19, 2018
You may recall that last year, The House and the Senate passed
legislation that would have allowed condominiums in excess of 75
in height to opt out of a mandatory engineered life safety
system. Legislation already existed that allowed these
condominiums to opt out of sprinkler requirements. Condos opted
out of the sprinkler requirements, only to be told that they are
still required to install a perhaps even more expensive
engineered life safety system.
So HB 653 was passed last year to help alleviate the perceived
financial burden of an engineered life safety system. Then came
the tragic fire in London, England where dozens of people died.
As a result, Governor Scott vetoed HB 653.
This year, another attempt was made in the Florida Legislature
to waive the engineered life safety system requirement. It
So, the bottom line is that condos are still under the gun. If
your Fire Marshall says install that engineered life safety
system --- you now have no choice. And if you donít have the
money, you better find it. Canít afford the special assessment
to install the engineered life safety system? Too bad. You may
be foreclosed on.
So what do you think? Was Governor Scott right? Should
Floridians be able to opt of the engineered life safety system
and fire sprinklers?
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 more than 2
decades and is the owner of Glazer
and Associates, 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.