By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 13, 2013


          At the Condo Craze Live Radio Show last week, the issue arose as to whether the negative connotations that some of our condominiums and homeowner associations have, are blown out of proportion.  Some attendees thought that there wasn't enough press coverage about how bad things really are in our associations while others thought that tales of board members looting the association's funds and taking kickbacks for awarding contracts are extreme exceptions to communities that are run by Board members who serve without any compensation and solely out of a desire to do good for their community.


          So what's the truth?


          The truth is, there are lots of people who get arrested in various professions for violating the trust that others have placed with them.  It seems like doctors get arrested for insurance fraud almost daily here in South Florida .  Police officers get arrested for abusing their authority.  Teachers get arrested for sleeping with their students or doing drugs with them.  Building officials get arrested for turning a blind eye to building violations in exchange for a bribe.  And yes……even attorneys get arrested all too often for looting trust accounts which contain their client's money.


          Sure we hear stories every so often about Board members stealing money.  In fact, that was one of the reasons Jan and I pushed so hard for an HOA law that automatically kicks an HOA director off the Board if they are arrested for stealing the association's funds.  We just didn't think it was right for the director to continue to serve on the Board FROM PRISON.  I just don't think however that if we compare Board members with other professions, there is more crimes being committed by Board members in our community associations than there are crimes being committed  by individuals in most other professions.


          Some may argue however that because of unit owner apathy in many communities, board members are simply not caught with their hands in the cookie jar.  I'm not buying it.  After 21 years of practicing community association law here in Florida , I'm still looking at community association boards through rose colored glasses and believe that more than most Board members have their heart in the right place.


          I know lots of you will disagree with me on this one.  So let's hear it.

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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 is currently entering his 20th year as a Florida lawyer practicing

community association law and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. an eight attorney law firm in Orlando and Hollywood For the past two years Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show 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 2,500 Floridians. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Finally, he recently argued the Cohn v. Grand Condominium case before The Florida Supreme Court, which is perhaps the single most important association law case decided by the court in a decade. 

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