IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published August 19, 2019
It’s the end of the summer. Millions of kids across our state
have to suck it up and return to school. And if the kids have
to endure school for the next ten months, all of you can endure
a measly three hours. I’m talking of course about Condo and HOA
Board Certification and Legal Update Course.
There’s a lot that goes into my job as a lawyer in
this area of the law. Working on the current cases I have,
keeping abreast of the changes in the law, advocating for
legislative reform, doing the Condo Craze Radio Show each week
and writing this blog each week. Without a doubt however, my
favorite part of what I do is teaching and meeting all of you at
our state-wide seminars.
As you all know by now, condo and HOA directors must get
certified within one year prior to getting elected or appointed
to the board or within 90 days of actually getting elected or
appointed to the Board. They can do so in one of two ways. The
first way is the chicken’s way out and quite frankly is an
embarrassing loophole in the law. The law actually allows you
to sign an affidavit which basically states that you have read
your association’s governing documents and that:
“he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to
the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will
faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the
Honestly, this is ridiculous. Many of you have illegal
provisions in your governing documents. Your affidavit
apparently requires you to promise to uphold these provisions
even if they are illegal and unenforceable. Worse yet, the
affidavit does not even require you to read or even acknowledge
Florida Statute 718 (the condo statute) or Florida Statute 720
(the HOA statute).
Thank heavens that the law provides that you can also get
certified by taking a DBPR approved course. I fought hard four
years ago to ensure that HOA members had the ability to get
certified by attending these classes and am very proud of
helping to pass legislation which did just that. I am also
proud to say that I have taught the course to approximately
16,000 of you all across the state. At each class, not only do
the attendees learn something, but I do as well. So do the
attorneys in my firm. Your questions always help raise
awareness to so many issues and often times you provide
practical answers to what may seem like complicated issues. The
bottom line is that we all learn from each other.
Whether the issue is budgets, reserves, insurance, year-end
financial reporting, your fiduciary responsibilities as board
members, the election process, foreclosures, suspension of
rights, access to records, arbitration, mediation or even if the
new laws that get passed each year apply in your association
(the answer may surprise you), we really try to cover it all and
a lot more.
Our course not only certifies directors, but also provides Legal
Update and Continuing Education continuing education credits for
community association managers. It’s great to see so many Board
members take the course together with their manager. We always
serve food and drink, we often assemble a panel of experts, the
setting is always first class, and best of all….it’s completely
free. You even leave with a summary of everything we just
taught. Here’s what’s coming up, with even more to follow:
October 2nd: 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L
CONDO AND HOA EXPO, BROWARD CONVENTION CENTER
Beach: October 8th: 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO
AND HOA EXPO, PALM BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
Beach: October 10th 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO AND HOA
EXPO, MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
October 11th 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO AND HOA EXPO, NEW
Bradenton: October 17th 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO AND HOA
EXPO, BRADENTON CONVENTION CENTER
October 18th 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO AND HOA EXPO, ORANGE
COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
October 23rd 9:00 A.M. AT THE L&L CONDO AND HOA EXPO, TAMPA
December 5th, 5:00 P.M. At DAVE AND BUSTERS
HAVE LOTS MORE IN STORE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2020 --- ALL
AROUND THE STATE. JUST KEEP CHECKING OUR WEBSITE.
In order to
register, just go to:
Or……just download our Condo Craze App on your I-Phone or Android
device– and just click on the “Register for Our Seminars” Tab.
Once registered, you will get an e-mail confirmation.
look forward to another year of meeting all of you. It is a
true honor and privilege.
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.