As you all know by now, condo and HOA directors must get certified within one year prior to getting elected or appointed to the board or within 90 days of actually getting elected or appointed to the Board. They can do so in one of two ways. The first way is the chicken’s way out and quite frankly is an embarrassing loophole in the law. The law actually allows you to sign an affidavit which basically states that you have read your association’s governing documents and that:
“he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association’ members.”
You already know how I feel about anyone who signs the affidavit instead of taking a course, and whether or not they should be serving on your Board.
Thank heavens that the law provides that you can also get certified by taking a DBPR approved course. I fought hard four years ago to ensure that HOA members had the ability to get certified by attending these classes and am very proud of helping to pass legislation which did just that. I am also proud to say that I have taught the course to approximately 12,000 of you all across the state. At each class, not only do the attendees learn something, but I do as well. So do the attorneys in my firm. Your questions always help raise awareness to so many issues and often times you provide practical answers to what may seem like complicated issues. The bottom line is that we all learn from each other.
Whether the issue is budgets, reserves, insurance, year-end financial reporting, your fiduciary responsibilities as board members, the election process, foreclosures, suspension of rights, access to records, arbitration, mediation or even if the new laws that get passed each year apply in your association (the answer may surprise you), we really try to cover it all and a lot more.
Our course not only certifies directors, but also provides Legal Update and Continuing Education continuing education credits for community association managers. It’s great to see so many Board members take the course together with their manager. We always serve food and drink, we have assemble a panel of experts to answer your questions, the setting is always first class, and best of all….it’s completely free. You even leave with a summary of everything we just taught.
Join us on November 15th, 2016 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. We will be serving food and you get to meet all of our sponsors. Seminar starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.
In order to register, just go to: www.condocrazeandhoas.com. Or……just download our Condo Craze App on your I-Phone or Android device– and just click on the “Register for Our Seminars” Tab. Once registered, you will get an e-mail confirmation. I really look forward to another year of meeting all of you. It is a true honor and privilege.