A NEW YEAR, A LOOK BACK AND A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published December 30, 2013

 

My what a difference a year makes.  This time last year, we had no idea how many HOAs there were in the State of Florida, unit owners weren't allowed to use their cameras and cell phones to take pictures of the official records, exorbitant fees were being charged by some management companies for copies of records, HOA board members stayed on the Board even when caught stealing association funds, HOAs weren't required to insure those handling association funds, HOA developers were basically able to freely amend the governing documents, turnover from developer control in an HOA was much harder to accomplish and HOA directors weren't required to get certified.   All that has now changed.

  

There's no question that as we say good-bye to 2013, we can look back and call it a very productive year for owners of homes in our community associations throughout the state.  Some times, voices are heard and hard work does pay off.

 

So, what does 2014 hold in store?  Hopefully, my column on this date next year will start out saying "This time last year the D.B.P.R. was not able to assist HOAs and their members and HOAs were still using a terrible voting system that allowed for proxies and required a 30% quorum at meetings."  That's my wish and I resolve to do all I can to get that accomplished.

   

The first quarter of 2014 will be busy up in Tallahassee .  At the risk of having some egg on my face, I will say however that I am optimistic about getting our HOA reform bill passed.  Better late than never.

  

No matter what lies ahead, we'll keep fighting the fight.  Andů..I wish all of you and your families a very happy and healthy new year.


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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He is currently entering his 20th year as a Florida lawyer practicing

community association law and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. an eight attorney law firm in Orlando and Hollywood For the past two years Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show 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 6,000 Floridians. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Finally, he recently argued the Cohn v. Grand Condominium case before The Florida Supreme Court, which is perhaps the single most important association law case decided by the court in a decade. 


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