THANKSGIVING IS BECOMING A TOUGH HOLIDAY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 22, 2021

 

Who doesnít love the tradition of Thanksgiving?  It starts off with The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade from the morning to noon.  By noon the house starts to smell great, football comes on the tube, the family gets together, fights about politics break out and everyone eventually goes home both full and angry.  You gotta love Thanksgiving.

 

The last two years have been tough though.  Thanksgiving in 2020 kept almost all families apart because of the Covid 19 situation.  More families probably had Thanksgiving by ZOOM than they did in person.  It was sad, countless other families had an empty plate or two at the dinner table because of loved ones they lost due to the virus.  It really was a nightmare for almost all of us.

 

This year, while Covid certainly seems to be far less of a factor, we canít help but think about the tragic loss of lives at the Champlain Towers in Surfside.  I had to see it for myself and I will tell you that the scene was indescribable.  I saw the 9-11 destruction in person and while certainly on a smaller scale, Champlain Towers was no less dramatic when you realized how many lost their lives in the rubble.  How many were simply unaccounted for.

 

So what will Thanksgiving 2022 be like in our condominium associations?  I donít want to be a downer on the holidays, but for many, itís not going to go well.  Of course we will still be happy that we are sitting with our families for another year.  If we have good health, we will be happy for that.  But I guarantee this, this time next year many Florida condominium unit owners may not be able to afford to make a turkey dinner in their homes.

 

As I said on the show last week, itís as if a perfect storm is coming together all at once.  Food prices and gasoline are soaring, the price of insurance in our condominiums and the cost of labor are soaring. 

 

Insurance in some condominiums is tripling in price resulting in incredible increases in monthly assessments.  And of course, by this time next year, rest assured that there will be laws in place making it impossible to waive reserve funding in your community at least for your roof, electrical and structural components.  In other words, besides the cost of insurance, the fact that you wonít be able to waive reserves will make your monthly assessments skyrocket even more.  Next Thanksgiving there are going to be many people sitting at their Thanksgiving tables wondering if this is the last Thanksgiving they will be spending in a condominium that they may have been living in for decades.  Theyíre simply getting out priced and wonít be able to afford it any longer.  And itís sad.

 

But have no fearÖÖwe know how much Florida loves to treat its developers.  So look forward to laws that will allow developers to buy up units, kick out the old folks and build more buildings that people from mostly foreign countries can buy and put tenants in.

 

So to all of you and your familiesÖ.I wish a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday, and I hope itís not the last one you get to spend in your current home.    


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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.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

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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