By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 28, 2022


I have heard lots of excuses over the years about so many different things.  Hereís a few that simply donít work:


My assessments should be less --- I donít use the elevator

I have heard this from lots of people who live on the first floor.  It doesnít work.  Regardless of whether you use the common elements, you have to pay for the cost of maintaining that common element.  Bad shoulder and canít use the pool Ė sorry you have to pay for its upkeep.  Bad knee and canít play on the tennis or pickleball court?  Sorry you have to pay to maintain it.


He Doesnít Live Here and Therefore Canít Be On the Board

Iím probably asked this question ten times a year Ė does the owner have to live in the condominium in order to serve on the Board?  The answer is clearly NO.  It is irrelevant where an owner lives.  If the owner meets the qualifications to serve on the board, they can serve.


I Donít Want To Fund Reserves Ė I wonít Be Here in 20 Years

The worst mistake a condominium unit owner can make.  The problem with your thinking is that the person living in your unit 20 years ago thought the same way.  Unfortunately, now you live in the unit and major repairs need to be made.  Perhaps you would have been better off putting away $50.00 per month instead of having to come up with $10,000.00 now.


They Canít Buy In This 55 and Over Community Ė Theyíre Not 55

This happens all the time.  A Board of Directors rejects a potential buyer because the buyer in the 55 and over community is only 35.  This is completely wrong.  It makes no difference how old the buyer is in a 55 and over community.  The question is:  Will at least one person who is 55 or older be living in the unit.  Perhaps the children are buying the unit for their parents, or for estate planning purposes the parents want the unit titled in their childrenís name.


Tell me some other mistakes or excuses that you hear all the time.

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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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