CONDO CRAZE & HOA'S
Tune in to Condo Craze and HOAs this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on 850 WFTL.:
Call in with your questions or comments, live and on the air, to: 877-850-8585. Or e-mail us your questions by visiting the show's website at www.condocrazeandhoas.com and clicking on the "e-mail the show" tab. Condo Craze and HOAs will also be streamed live on the internet at www.850wftl.com and you can also listen to the show on your smart phone. For more info go to: www.condocrazeandhoas.com and become a fan of the show on FACEBOOK.
THIS WEEK'S TOPICS:
Have you already seen the CONDO CRAZE & HOA'S van?
CONDO CRAZE & HOA'S will present a forum for Board members and owners to tell their side of the story. The show randomly has guest speakers who are experts on the daily problems associations encounter. All issues that our associations encounter each day are proper topics for discussion. Expect to hear from politicians, Board members, owners, tenants, community association managers, developers, community association accountants, construction industry personnel and other government officials. Listeners call in and ask questions of attorney Eric Glazer and his legal team as well as any guest present. Eric has been practicing association law since 1992, and his firm Glazer and Associates has represented associations and unit owners throughout the state. There is lots of great discussion and we have certainly had some screaming and yelling, not unlike your typical Board meeting. However, at the end of each show, our listeners come away with a greater understanding of the law and hopefully an appreciation of the various sides of this ongoing debate.
As of July 1st, 2013, newly elected or appointed directors of the board of condominiums (FS 718) and homeowners' associations (FS720) must submit a certificate of satisfactory completion of an educational course approved by the Florida DBPR, or an affidavit attesting that they read Florida Statute 718 or FS 720 and all of their governing documents. Attorney Eric Glazer, host of the weekly radio show Condo Craze and HOAs who has been practicing Florida association law since 1992, has been approved by the division to certify new directors throughout Florida and teach them about their responsibilities under Florida law regarding such topics as Budgets and Reserves, Financial Reporting, Condominium Operations, Records Maintenance, access to records, Dispute Resolution and more. In addition, highlights of the new condominium and homeowners' association laws will also be taught in detail.
Of course, there will also be a question and answer
period at the end. All participants will leave with a Certificate of
Completion suitable for framing. The course will be taught live at
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood -- and other specified
locations. Coffee and desert
will be served and $100.00 casino raffles for attendees will be given
away throughout the seminar. BEST OF ALL ... IT'S FREE!
BOARD MEMBER CERTIFICATION SEMINAR
For more detailed information and to register for the events, please click here:
Read the report about the First Seminar took place on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 7:00p.m. It was a great success! (CLICK HERE FOR REPORT!)
Nearly every Floridian today lives in either a condominium or HOA community. Ideally, the concept of many families all living together in one beautiful building or in one sprawling community, sharing expenses, sounds great. Then, everyone is told that there are laws, codes, bylaws and rules that everyone must live by and suddenly they're all miserable.
The Board members who are put in charge by their neighbors of enforcing all of these provisions are often vilified for simply performing the job they were elected to perform. Many of these unpaid volunteers feel that you never hear anything positive about people who choose to serve for free on their condominium or homeowner's association's Board of Directors. They object to the term "Condo Commandos" and can't figure out why you always hear a million stories about Boards gone bad, but never one about a Board who has worked hard to save their association from financial ruin or even closure. They say that the owners don't know what it's like trying to keep the association financially afloat despite a massive foreclosure crisis or what it's like to be woken up in the middle of the night when a pipe bursts somewhere in the community. Their battle cry is: instead of sitting by the pool complaining about your Board, how about stepping up to the plate and giving us a hand!
On the other hand, the residents argue that there's no doubt that some Board members take the reigns of the association for their own personal benefit and view it as the opportunity of a lifetime to line their own pockets. After all, recent arrests of some Board members prove them correct. No doubt some Board members have awarded lucrative association contracts to themselves or family members, or have simply been brazen enough to funnel the association's money to their own bank accounts. Some have simply let the power of the Presidency go to their heads.