WHO SAYS NOBODY CARES?
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published April 30, 2018
I write this blog the day after I did my last seminar
of the season. Starting from about September to now, I’ve
taught all over the state in so many wonderful cities and
venues. At all of these seminars there’s always talk about
apathy in our communities. Nobody cares. Nobody shows up to
meetings. Nobody volunteers.
Here is what I have generally learned in practicing for a
quarter of a century now. If nobody is showing up to your board
of director meetings, consider it a vote of confidence. Don’t
be insulted by it. Take the opposite approach and treat it as a
compliment to you. Trust me, if you were doing a terrible job
and the people whose community you govern were unhappy, they
would show up, perhaps with bull horns, and let you know. By
not showing up, they’re generally OK with the way things are
There is a belief out there that nobody cares. That’s not
true. You care. You’re reading this blog right now, so I know
you care. About 15,000 of you have attended my seminar, so I
know you care. I get countless e-mails asking me legal
questions because you want to make sure your community is run
right, so I know you care. The calls keep coming in on the
Condo Craze and HOAs radio show week after week for nine years
now, so I know you care.
Stop being insulted because it’s difficult to get volunteers to
run for the board. The truth is……not everyone is cut out to
lead their community. Some people don’t want to be leaders.
They just want to live in their condo or HOA and be left alone.
And that is their right. It doesn’t mean they don’t care about
their community and it doesn’t mean they’re lazy or otherwise
bad people. Deep down, it really means that they’re thankful
someone else is dealing with the problems and not them.
So, stop saying nobody cares. After completing another amazing
season and meeting thousands of you across Florida I’m here to
tell you, lots of people like yourself care.
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.