By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 13, 2019


So, The Florida Legislature wrapped up its 2019 session last week.  In a word, when it came to community association law, the session was simply unproductive.  Not a single community association law bill passed.


There was one change that effects high-rise condominiums however.  There was an attempt made to allow such condominiums to opt-out of installing an engineered life safety system, if ordered to do so by The Fire Marshall.  That bill failed.  So, it remains that even if you opted out of the fire sprinkler requirement, you cannot opt out of the engineered life safety system.


However, The Florida Legislature did extend the deadline to comply with the law.  Assuming the Governor signs the bill, the local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system before January 1, 2024. So, high-rise condominiums get an additional four years to comply.


So, what do you think?  Should the Governor sign the bill and give high-rise condominiums an additional four years to install sprinklers or an ELSS?  Did we just put money ahead of safety?

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Eric Glazer 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.


See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.


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.

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