2022

IF THERE EVER WAS A TIME TO GET EDUCATED

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 3, 2022

In light of the tragedy at The Champlain Towers in Surfside last year, The Florida Legislature, to its credit, passed ...

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RIGHT TO RENT?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 30, 2022

In the case of Woodside v. Jahren I honestly believe that the Supreme Court got it all wrong. And Mr. Jahren wasn't the ...

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WHAT GIVES THE ASSOCIATION THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO?

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 28, 2022  

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you ...

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CAN YOUR ASSOCIATION PROHIBIT OR LIMIT RENTING?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 26, 2022

I am getting swamped lately with requests from both condos and HOAs as to how to limit the number of homes or units ...

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TOTAL LACK OF INFORMATION – AND RESERVE FUNDS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 23, 2022

I don’t think that anybody ever believed that CAMs or even attorneys are in the “INFORMATION BUSINESS”. It’s not ...

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7 EXPERT TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUDGET SEASON  

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 21, 2022  

Creating a budget is essential for the overall health of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or condominium ...

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A PERSONAL LETDOWN

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 19, 2022

So this week, my mom asks me to attend her Board meeting because the agenda says they will speak about the budget ...

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MANDATORY RESERVE FUNDS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 16, 2022

The discussion about creating mandatory reserve funds for condos and HOAS has been a hot topic in many town hall ...

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WHY A FEE INCREASE?

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 14, 2022 

It isn’t news most homeowners want to hear: that assessments might be increased. But sometimes a fee ...

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LET’S GO TO THE NUMBERS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 12, 2022

A few weeks ago on the Condo Craze and HOAs radio show, I was sent a chart by a listener that showed that just ...

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HOW EFFECTIVE WILL THE CONDO SAFETY REFORM BILL REALLY BE?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 9, 2022

SB-4D creates huge changes to the way Florida’s condo hi-rises will have to be managed. The provisions of the bill ...

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BIG TIPS FOR SMALL FIXES

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 7, 2022  

Do-it-yourself projects can be advantageous, but even a small repair can turn into a more frustrating and time-  ...

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A LABOR DAY TRADITION IS BACK

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 5, 2022

Nancy Knowitall is the President of Broken Dreams Condo, a 10 story 120 unit condominium here in South Florida. ..

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CONDO “TRUST” FUND?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 2, 2022

CONDO TRUST FUND sounds great, but I think the trust in this fund is long gone. Only a small part of the money ...

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TAKING FROM PETER TO PAY PAUL

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 31, 2022  

I've never understood how legislators could take money that belongs to our condo associations and move it into the ...

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THE PERFECT JOB FOR THE DBPR

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 29, 2022

As we have written about a million times, each condominium unit pays $4.00 per year to the Department of Business and...

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ARE HOAs REALLY BETTER OFF?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 26, 2022

Let’s make no mistake: Florida’s hi-rise condo buildings just got hit with a serious financial burden that will force quite ...

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HOA’s SHOULD BE RESERVING AS WELL

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 24, 2022  

As the budget year gets on its way and the discussions of funding reserves start to happen in condos, HOA's should ...

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BACK TO HOAs THIS WEEK

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 22, 2022

It seems that for week after week we have been blogging about condominiums for the obvious reason that condo laws...

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MY HOME IS MY CASTLE? NO MORE IN THE USA!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 19, 2022

FS 718 gives the association the irrevocable right to enter units. (5)RIGHT OF ACCESS TO UNITS (a)The ...

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WHY SHOULD I PROVIDE ACCESS?

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 17, 2022  

Access to a condominium unit is essential and needed to ensure the safety of the building. While I can appreciate ...

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GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 15, 2022

I can’t tell you how many times I heard clients tell me that they were scared that a Board member was in their home ...

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NEW LAWS – WILL THEY AGAIN BE IGNORED BY MANY BOARDS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 12, 2022

Year for year we see new community association bills passed, claiming to close more loopholes in laws that have ...

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP…

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 10, 2022  

For the past three weeks, the blog has been focused on all the changes that recently came into effect; however, it's not ...

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OTHER NEW CONDO LAWS TO KNOW – PART THREE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 8, 2022

Today, we finally conclude all off the new condominium laws that were passed in 2022 by The Florida Legislature...

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MORE LAWS WITHOUT TEETH?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 5, 2022

The so-called CONDO SAFETY REFORM BILL (SB 4-D) contains a lot more provisions, but as usual without real ...

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PARTNERSHIPS ARE CRUCIAL…

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 3, 2022  

Challenges are part of leadership and sitting on a board or being a community association manager; whether you like ...

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SOME OTHER NEW LAWS CONDOS MUST FOLLOW – PART TWO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 1, 2022

DISTRIBUTION OF THE INSPECTION REPORTS: Upon completion of a phase one or phase two milestone inspection and receipt of the inspector-prepared summary of ...

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MORE LAWS – NO ENFORCEMENT!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 29, 2022

Let’s face it: The recently enacted CONDO SAFETY REFORM BILL (SB 4-D) is definitely well intended, trying ...

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INVEST IN YOUR ASSOCIATIONS FUTURE

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 27, 2022  

This year will be very interesting for associations that don't have reserves or have minimal reserves. I say this because...

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SOME OTHER NEW LAWS CONDOS MUST FOLLOW – PART ONE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 25, 2022

We all know by now the myriad of new safety laws condos that are 3 stories or more are required to follow.  They ...

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DIVERSITY CREATES PROBLEMS!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 22, 2022

In his Blog on Monday Eric named 5 European Countries that are – so far – not overrun by immigration. Denmark ...

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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 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 that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

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.



As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.

 

Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.


Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.


As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279.


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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !