LEGISLATIVE / FIRE SAFETY – UPDATE
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
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
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?
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.