By Eric Glazer, Esq.  

Published June 15, 2020


On May 20th, 2020 the Secretary of the DBPR entered an Order putting an end to the Emergency Powers that were temporarily granted to directors and officers of community associations, effective June 1st, 2020.


So what does that mean?  It means, back to the strict requirements of the statutes regarding meetings, notices, the right to attend a meeting, the right to speak and the inability of the board to vote by e-mail, a right the board never had in the first place.


More importantly, here is what the new order does not mean:

  • It does not mean that board members can’t appear by electronic means at board meetings; they can.

  • It does not mean that boards should not give unit owners the right to attend and participate electronically at board and unit owner meetings. They should.

  • It does not mean that boards can ignore other orders that may remain in effect regarding social distancing.  They must continue to follow such orders.  So while normal meetings must resume, seating accommodations need to be taken into consideration.

In addition, you must now get your year end financial statements for 2019 completed and made available to the owners.


Here’s my advice…………don’t go backward. Go forward a little wiser.  Many of you have learned to utilize amazing technology that in some cases have allowed greater unit owner participation than ever before.  Why not continue using it, even though you no longer have to?  In fact, I anticipate legislation being filed which is going to require use of this technology starting in 2021.


While portions of the emergency powers statute may have been necessary, I am glad to see steps taken that takes us back to as much transparency as possible. 

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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 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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