HOA MEMBERS AGAIN CRY
– WHAT ABOUT US?
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published April 3, 2017
Like I have been saying over the last few
weeks, The Miami Dade Grand Jury Report changed everything.
Tackling the issues of an owner’s inability to obtain access to
records, election fraud and violations of The Florida
Condominium Act no doubt became a high priority in The Florida
Legislature this legislative session. Corrupt officers,
directors and managers are on the radar.
Apparently, despite the fact that I always
thought that the only difference between condominium
associations and homeowner associations is that one is built
tall and the other is built wide, there seems to be a strange
way of thinking when it comes to whether or not the same
problems found by the Miami Dade Grand Jury Report apply to
homeowner associations throughout the state. It seems as if
these problems don’t exist in homeowner associations and are
entirely unique to condominiums. Surely, if these very serious
problems of corruption, fraud, coercion, self-dealing and
election tampering existed in our homeowner associations, The
Florida Legislature would do all it can to at least tackle the
problem equally for HOAs as it is currently trying to do for
condominiums. Why not help both of these community associations
Think again. Another year is about to go by
with no help in sight for HOAs, despite the fact that HOAs
actually outnumber condominiums in this state.
It now seems apparent that the motivating
factor to solving crime in our community associations is solely
when a Grand Jury is empaneled and concludes that crime exists
in our communities. The dozens and dozens of newspaper stories
and arrest reports we can ignore. For some unexplained reason,
it’s as if The Grand Jury Report alerted us for the first time
that not all associations are on the up and up. Only now is this
information “shocking” and worthy of legislative action.
So for those of you who live in HOAs I guess
this is what you have to do…….. Get in touch with your local
State Attorney’s Office. Demand that they impanel a Grand Jury
in your county to investigate HOA corruption, fraud, crime, self
dealing, and election shenanigans. When that Grand Jury Report
is done, I’m guessing it’s likely to conclude that the same
problems that exist in condos also exist in HOAs. We can take
that report and send it around next year to all the legislators,
everyone can get shocked, everyone can get upset, and then
maybe, just maybe, HOAs will finally be given some help.
But don’t bet on it.
HOA & Condo Blog
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 more than 2
decades and is the owner of Glazer
and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in
Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples,
Fort Myers and Tampa.
Since 2009, Eric has been the host
of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs
at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.
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 10,000
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.