By Jan Bergemann

Published January 17, 2020


There is no argument about the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes being horrible. But in all reality it’s not the system or the laws, it’s the employees of the Division being unwilling to do their job – the job they are getting paid for by our tax-money. The arbitration section of the Division is manned by incompetent people, who are rather making up their own laws instead of following the laws as enacted by our legislators. We have seen outrageous rulings, rulings that ignore the intent of the laws and create havoc among owners and attorneys alike.


But throwing out the baby with the bathwater is definitely not the right solution to this serious problem. But HB 623 is doing just that – much to the joy of Florida’s specialized community association attorneys. Add to the bill the provisions the attorneys are planning on adding to the bill once it goes forward! This bill – if enacted – serves only one purpose: MAKE ATTORNEYS EVEN RICHER!


It leaves unit-owners with even less protection than they have now. Make no mistake: The solution to the problem attempted in this bill will cost associations and owners a pretty penny, because they will pay even more than they do now.


Florida statutes FS 718.501 has admittedly flaws, but it’s about 100% better than what HOAs regulated by FS 720 have to deal with. In my opinion enacting HB 623 will be a financial disaster for the more than 1.5 million condo owners in Florida. And this in an election year! Do our legislators really believe that the votes of these attorneys will count more than the votes of about 1.5 million condo-owners and their families? Our government officials want the property taxes of these condo owners, but they are obviously unwilling to protect the financial welfare of their voters!

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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