By Jan Bergemann

Published January 21, 2022


On Monday Eric talked in his blog about Senate Bill 274, a bill filed by Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (R-Miami). To be honest, I would rather see the version filed as House companion bill be enacted: House Bill 811 – filed by Representative Tom Fabricio (R-Miami). Not only does this bill cover all Florida – which makes a lot of sense – but it will create the INVESTIGATIVE UNIT under the umbrella of the Department of Law Enforcement.


We all know that the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes has a really bad record if it comes to their willingness of enforcing the laws. They are rather sending out useless form letters instead of doing what they are being paid for by Florida’s condo owners.


If the bill is enacted as initially filed, it will give this newly created unit lots of enforcement powers up to referring the case to the appropriate state attorney for prosecution.

Embezzlement and scams in community associations are rampant and really need to be taken care of. Especially if the bills requiring mandatory reserve funding will pass, these reserves have to be protected – and serious punishment will definitely deter quite a few folks from getting their hands in the cookie-jar.


The only issue I find with this bill: It only deals with condos (FS 718) and Co-Ops (FS 719) . The more than 2.5 million owners of homes in mandatory homeowners’ associations (FS 720) are again left out in the cold ti fight for themselves!

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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:

Educational Website:

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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