By Jan Bergemann

Published February 9, 2017


Half of the session is over – and most of the owner-friendly community association bills are dead – without even getting a hearing.


There are only three bills in the running that still have a chance to reach the Governor’s desk for his signature.


HB841/SB1274 (Moraitis/Passidomo): This year’s community association bill that’s supposedly trying to correct flaws created by last year’s Condo Reform Bill. According to Tallahassee sources there will be quite some changes to the wording before House and Senate will take a final vote on the floor. There are still lots of discussions about the final wording – and the provisions included – before the bill will be on the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee – the final committee stop in the House. We’ll see next week what is happening with the bill.


HB617/SB266 (Edwards/Passidomo): The bill dealing with changes to the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA). The House bill passed all assigned committees with flying colors; The Senate companion bill still has one committee stop to go.


And then there is  the annual bill that is in the running since 2004: The Sprinkler Retro-fitting Bill. This year’s bill numbers are HB1061/SB1432 (Moraitis/Farmer). While the House version passed one committee barely surviving with an 8:7 vote, the Senate bill hasn’t moved yet – meaning it still has a long way to go. Remember: This bill was vetoed last year by Governor Rick Scott. In all honesty: Board members knew about this upcoming expenditure since 2004. But instead of putting money aside they just ignored the law and are now rather spending money on lobbying for a postponement of the date instead of protecting their often elderly neighbors who may have no chance to escape a fire without a sprinkler-system. I have no understanding for this kind of behavior! Please read my Op-ed on the CCFJ website tomorrow!


We’ll see what’s happening with these community association bills. There  are still four weeks to go in this year’s legislative session.

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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:

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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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