By Jan Bergemann

Published March 2, 2018


The only community association bill left in the “running” in this legislative session is HB 841, a bill that was supposed to correct and clarify legal issues created by last year’s Condo Reform Bill HB 1237. Normally bills improve when being amended in committees. But not if George Moraitis is the bill sponsor. This bill has turned from bad to worse and instead of correcting and clarifying provisions from last year’s bill, this bill is actually destroying the good intentions of last year’s bill.


Not only is the bill making a mess out of the condo recall provisions, it actually puts an end to open board meetings. No more open discussions at a noticed board meeting since the wording of the bill allows board members to discuss all issues ahead of time by computer. And nobody will ever know what has been discussed among the board members since an arbitration ruling stated that e-mails sent and received by private computer are NOT public record. With other words: The Moraitis’ bill puts an end to open meetings. Board business behind closed doors will be legal again.


Well, owners of electric cars will rejoice. They will be allowed to install power outlets in condo garages. What a nightmare that will be for the older condos. Many of them are not prepared for high-power outlets – and it is already foreseeable that lots of lawsuits will be fought over this issue.


But Moraitis surely doesn’t care about the welfare of families living in Florida’s community associations. He is an attorney and to me it seems that he files bills in order to create extra work for his colleagues, at the expense of his constituents!


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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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