CONDO CRAZE & HOA'S
Condo radio show offers forum for disputes
Article Courtesy of The Forum Publishing Group
By SEAN D'OLIVEIRA
Published October 12, 2010
Because there are so many laws, regulations and misconceptions regarding condo and homeowners associations, small problems within a community can quickly spiral into long legal battles.
In an effort to provide a forum for residents and board members to come together and work out problems in a constructive manner, attorney Eric Glazer of the Hollywood-based firm Glazer and Associates, P.A. has been hosting a radio show called "Condo Craze and HOA's" to provide insight into condo laws and how to solve problems within communities.
"There are lots of misconceptions floating around, and we try to answer questions in a manner that is respectful and brings residents and board members together," Glazer said. "We want residents to appreciate what board members do, but it's also important for boards not to lose their passion for helping their community."
Glazer has co-hosted the show for more than a year with Kristy Phillips, an associate attorney at the firm, which represents condo and community associations around South Florida. The show airs from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays on WFTL 850 AM, which broadcasts from the Keys to Fort Pierce.
Any topic involving condo and homeowners associations is up for discussion, Glazer said. While the show features guests such as politicians and board members, Glazer said average listeners generate the most interest.
"When we don't have any guests, the phones light up," he said.
Since its inception, Glazer said the show has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career and that the feedback the show generates is positive. The popularity of the show has grown since its launch, he said.
One of the more popular portions of the show is its Q&A session, in which listeners are invited to ask legal questions.
"Some condo owners are too afraid to question their boards, so we try to provide a platform to fill that void," Phillips said.
Most segments cover condo issues, but Glazer said discussions sometimes include current events such as the mosque controversy in New York and how freedom of expression can affect communities.
Glazer and Phillips said they always try to find sensible solutions for callers and that filing a lawsuit should be a last resort.
"We're trying to give them alternatives to lawsuits and try to talk them out of litigation," Phillips said