PAYING THE SAME DUES?

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 14, 2020

 

There are often big fights in condo associations when it comes to maintenance fees Ė and equal pays. Mainly in older condos fights often go to court, because it makes to me absolutely no sense to me if the owner of a studio apartment with only one (1) window, pays the same special assessment for window replacement than the owner of a 3-bedroom unit with eight (8) windows.

 

It gets even worse if the owner of a unit with no balcony has to pay a special assessment for balcony replacement necessary for units with a balcony.

 

But, in older condominiums you often find in the governing documents a provision that states that every unit-owner has to pay the same, be it monthly maintenance fees or special assessments -- no matter the size of the unit.

 

It really makes no sense, but if the governing docs say so, there is really no way around, not even by fighting the injustice in court.

 

The only way to avoid this problem is by NOT BUYING into a condo association where the governing docs require the owner of a small unit to pay the same as the owner of a big unit!

 

Life in condo associations isnít always fair!


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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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