By Jan Bergemann

Published February 16, 2017


Since my opinion about electric cars and condos being used as filling stations is very short, below a legislative update about the community association bills still in the running.


Itís all nice about electric cars, but in my opinion condo garages should not serve as their filling stations. I think condo boards should make sure that all electrical outlets accessible for cars should be closed up, so no owner of an electric car can load his car at the expense of the neighbors. Otherwise there will be lots of lawsuits Ė fighting over the electrical bills.



With only 6 weeks to go in the 2018 legislative session most of the community association bills are presumed dead Ė if no unexpected miracles happen.


In my opinion only these few bills still have a chance to reach the Governorís desk:

HB841/SB1274: Community Associations

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee. Itís a horrible bill and Moraitis failed to amend some provisions that are absolutely anti-owner. Itís his legacy to be the most anti-owner legislator in Florida history when he Ė thank god Ė has to leave the legislature in November. I really love the fact that Florida has term-limits for legislators. Moraitis is out Ė hopefully never to be heard off again. We will try to get Governor Rick Scott to veto the bill. He runs for higher office and canít really afford to get so many homeowners angry!


HB617/SB 266: Covenants and Restrictions

This bill deals with the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA) revitalizing and reviving covenants or restrictions. The House bill has been placed on the Calendar and looks like itís passing with flying colors.

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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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