By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 1, 2024

An HOA here in South Florida recently fought the State Attorney’s Office tooth and nail when they attempted to obtain copies of the association’s official records.  There’s no doubt that as a result of that one HOA, the following law was passed:

HB 1203

Florida Statute 720.303

(i)              If an association receives a subpoena for records from a law enforcement agency, the association must provide a copy of such records or otherwise make the records available for inspection and copying to a law enforcement agency within 5 business days after receipt of the subpoena, unless otherwise specified by the law enforcement agency or subpoena. An association must assist a law enforcement agency in its investigation to the extent permissible by law.


The budget of an HOA is considerably less that a condominium because HOAs typically do not insure the homes and their roofs against wind damage.  Therefore, HOAs typically don’t have a budget that exceeds $500,00.00 annually and therefore, HOAs do not have to prepare a year-end audit.

That changes from now on.  The new law states:

4. An association with at least 1,000 parcels must prepare audited financial statements, notwithstanding the association's total annual revenues.

This certainly lets the owners get a better idea as to how their money is being spent.


In perhaps the biggest surprise of the legislative session, I never thought that the law would change and now require that every owner, whether in a condo or an HOA, must begin serving on the board for at least a three year period, once they have lived in the condominium or HOA for two years.  That’s right, even though you never expected or wanted to serve on the Board of Directors, now you have no choice.  The Florida Legislature wants everyone to have a chance and more importantly they want everyone to see just how hard it is to be a board member.  You certainly may have to rearrange your schedule to accommodate board meetings and meetings with management and other owners.  It may also take some time away from being with your family.  Don’t forget to take your blood pressure medicine because there’s no doubt your anxiety is about to go way up.  If you would rather not be on the Board because it’s simply too hard, take a deep breath……..April Fools.

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Eric Glazer

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 three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one-hour radio show airing at 11 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL. Recently, he moved the show to YouTube, transforming it into a more dynamic and interactive experience. This move not only allows viewers to engage in live chats with Eric and other participants but also enables a broader audience to access free advice, making valuable insights more widely available.

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.


Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 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.

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