By Jan Bergemann

Published March 3, 2023


If your association elected a president, who is a dictator and a bully, don’t get into screaming matches with him/her. Some people just can’t help themselves. Just let them scream and make idiots out of themselves – just smile back! That normally annoys them even more than sinking down to their level.


Get your questions or suggestions out in writing – create a paper trail. And if they violated the statutes or the governing documents of the community, put it on paper, send it out by e-mail or social media. But if you create a website or something like a Facebook page, make sure you add a disclaimer very visible on the site: “This is not the official site of the what-ever-the name-is HOA” – otherwise you will get a so-called cease-and-desist letter from an overeager attorney telling you about “trademark infringement” worded in legalese.


Always remember: "The written word is mightier than the sword."


So, let words speak for you instead of getting into screaming matches or even physical fights.


I will never forget the story of the owner in Ocala who spent the night in jail after attacking the board president with his walker, after the president insulted him and screamed at him.


Don’t follow that example!

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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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