Eric Glazer, Esq.
December 9, 2013
legislative session, Jan and I tried valiantly to have The
Florida Legislature pass legislation that would have allowed the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation to assist
Floridians who live in homeowner associations.
As you are aware, each owner of a Florida condominium
unit pays $4.00 per year to the DBPR, and in return the DBPR
provides, document examiners, investigators, educational
materials, arbitrators, declaratory statements, an informational
website with forms, and persons who can answer questions over
the phone. Not bad
for about a penny per day. Owners
living in homeowner associations don't get any of these benefits
and are often forced to have their questions answered and
problems solved by hiring legal counsel and incurring the
expense of same.
most legislators I appeared in front of and/or met with were not
against the idea of expanding the DBPR's jurisdiction to now
encompass homeowner associations, most were concerned that
nobody knew just how many HOAs there were or where they were
legislation was passed which required that HOAs register with
the DBPR. The
deadline was November 23rd.
of the deadline, over 12,700 homeowner associations across the
state registered, encompassing over 2.2 million homes.
This is a great start to at least getting a handle on
just how many of us live in HOAs.
I wouldn't be surprised however, if the real numbers are
about twice as many.
what does this all mean? I'll
tell you what I see when I look at the list.
I see potentially the single most important block of
voters in the state. That
list is powerful because any candidate who influences a majority
of the homes on that list to vote for them is a safe bet to get
HOA owners, if you
want HOA reform and the same rights that condo owners have,
support our bill at www.hoareformbill.net.
You are now a true force to be reckoned with.
The State of
now definitely knows you exist and those legislators not backing
HOA reform may be sorry that they got exactly what they asked
for when requiring all of you to register.