By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 6, 2020


You’re under a virtual quarantine?  Haven’t been to work in a while?  Feeling a little trapped in your home?  If you’re a Board member…….when the going gets tough……..that’s no time to shirk your responsibilities and turn off the world.  In fact, believe it or not, now may be the perfect time to attack projects that you have been ignoring forever because you previously had no time.


Let’s start with finally getting around to reading your governing documents and figuring out what terms need updating.  You know you thought about it a million times.  Well…now you have time to address it.  I’ll help.  Maybe you want to focus on whether or not your documents adequately address the following:

  1. The “as amended from time to time” language;

  2. Allows the association to collect the maximum amount of interest and late fees;

  3. Allows for the screening, approval and rejection of lessees and purchasers of units;

  4. Prohibiting short term rentals;

  5. Defines who family members are and requires owners to submit the names of family members entitled to use their unit;

  6. Defines if anyone can occupy the unit in the absence of the unit owner.

  7. Allows the association to charge transfer fees for background checks;

  8. Allows for a specific amount of board members rather than a range;

  9. Making sure your documents properly qualify you as a 55 and over community;

  10. Maybe consider lowering the percentage required to make amendments to the documents;

There are certainly other amendments that may come to your minds and that may be specific to your community.  Now is the time to think about these things, not when life ultimately gets back to normal and life becomes chaotic all over again.  Utilize this down time to stay active, remain productive and finish that condo or HOA to-do list you and your other board members never got around to finishing.


Stop staring at the TV and all the doom and gloom.  Before you know it, you’re going to wish you had the time to do the things you now have the time to do.

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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 more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, 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.

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