ARE THERE CHRONIC COMPLAINERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published November 6, 2017
I owe a great big THANK YOU to some of you
complainers who wrote in last week on our blog about
construction defects in our community associations. The topic
is crucial for so many community associations throughout the
state who have recently undergone or are about to undergo
turnover from developer control. However, because last week’s
blog did not bash members who serve on a board of directors and
because the writer informed the readers that my law firm can
assist those who may be dealing with these critical confusing
construction issues, a few people complained that the blog “was
not directed to owners issues or concerns” and that it was a
“shameful advertisement.” To say that last week’s blog was not
directed to owner’s issues is basically saying that owners don’t
care about whether or not developers honor their warranties,
don’t care about the condition of the property and don’t care
about whether or not their association has rights against anyone
who negligently builds or repairs portions of their community.
It’s a ridiculous statement.
I would like to think that there aren’t too many law
firms who provide as much free education to the public as we
do. Free seminars around the state. A weekly column that
teaches the law. A weekly radio show that teaches the law.
Dissemination of association law newsletters. So, when a reader
takes offense to a column that a member of our firm wrote,
claiming that it was self-serving, my initial reaction was to be
offended. But then I remembered………… thank god my column is read
by thousands of people throughout the state. Both board members
and non board members read it. So do community association
managers and others who serve our community associations in a
multitude of different ways.
It’s really not surprising that out of thousands who
read the column there will be a few complainers. Isn’t that
exactly how it works in our community associations too? The
people who complained about the column are like so many others
who live in their community, do nothing to help, and just
complain about anything and everything their board does or
doesn’t do. There’s never a creative solution they come up
with. They’re always quick to jab an insult at the volunteers,
call them a name, accuse them of wrongdoing, accuse them of
incompetence and always try to simply be a thorn in the side of
those that are at least trying to help their community.
Everyone else is always wrong. They’re always the one that says
”If I were on the board I would do it this way.” But, they
never have the courage to actually get on the board. It’s
easier to hide in the shadows or on the sidelines, or even in an
So again, thanks for giving me something to write
about this week. Chronic complainers. Are there any in your
community? Aren’t they awful?
And by the way…….Glazer and Sachs, P.A. practices
community association law.
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.