By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published January 17, 2022


Senator Anna Maria Rodriguez filed our mandatory condo education bill in Florida’s Senate.  But if you think she’s done trying to change additional condominium laws, you would be very wrong.  She also filed Senate Bill 274 which creates the Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program.


According to the bill itself, the purpose of the program is to investigate condominium-related fraud and corruption in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. The DBPR may contract with a private entity that employs retired law enforcement officers who have subject matter expertise in financial fraud to achieve the purpose of the program. The DBPR shall hire five law enforcement officers to carry out the purpose of the program. If the DBPR does not contract with a private entity, the DBPR must hire three financial investigators, five investigators with previous law enforcement experience, and three clerical employees to staff the program.  


A person may submit a complaint to the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman. The ombudsman shall review all complaints submitted to the office and determine which complaints to forward to the DBPR for additional analysis and investigation under the program. If a complaint submitted to the office does not contain allegations of fraud or corruption, the ombudsman must forward the complaint to the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes.


 The DBPR has the power to subpoena, audit, and investigate for the purposes of the program. The DBPR may administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and compel the production of books, papers, or other records relevant to investigations it conducts. If, after reviewing a complaint under the program, the DBPR finds sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution, it must refer the case to the appropriate state attorney for prosecution.


The program must be funded annually from the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Trust Fund with funds specifically appropriated in the General  Appropriations Act. 


This section is repealed October 2, 2027, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.

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




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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