COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION WEBSITES
Eric Glazer, Esq.
Published April 24, 2023
As you all know by now, Florida condominiums having 150 or more
units must have a website that only owners can access and which
posts the official records of the association. Here’s a little
background as to how the law was passed. When originally
drafted, the law was only to apply to condominiums with 500 or
more units. That was ridiculous. So, I flew up to Tallahassee
and met with the then Speaker of the House and informed him that
the law was a fake, inasmuch as less than one percent of all
condominiums in the state contained 500 or more units. I
suggested 50 units. The compromise was 150.
I never heard one person tell me this was a bad law. In fact,
it’s a great law. It’s about transparency. It takes the burden
off of managers having to respond to requests for records. It
prevents lawsuits or arbitrations, as long as the website is
kept up to date.
Just because the law requires condominiums of 150 units or more
to have a website does not mean that condominiums of less than
150 units cannot have a website. In fact, in this attorney’s
opinion, if your condominium contains 50 units or more, you can
and should have a website for the same reason that condominiums
with 150 units should.
Think about how large some HOAs are. Many contain well in
excess of 500 homes and are sprawling mini cities. You would
think that those communities should be required to post their
records on an official website as well. But no. HOAs are not
required to have a website. There is simply a hands off
approach when it comes to HOAS.
Again, just because the law requires condominiums of 150 units
or more to have a website does not mean that HOAs cannot have a
website. In fact, in this attorney’s opinion, if your HOA
contains 50 homes or more, you can and should have a website for
the same reason that condominiums with 150 units should.
This is one law the legislature should amend. All communities,
both condos, co-ops and HOAs with 50 or more units or homes
should be required to have a community association website where
the official records and notices of meetings are posted. Bottom
line…….it will make the residents less suspicious and happier.
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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.