By Jan Bergemann

Published March 4, 2022


Well, the 2022 Legislative Session is nearly over and no matter what condo laws will pass one thing is obvious: The Florida Legislature clearly ignores the problems more than 2.5 million property owners whose homes are within mandatory homeowners’ associations (HOA – FS 720).


The problems are huge, but the Florida Legislature allows dictatorial board members, their attorneys and CAMs to run roughshod over all these owners, allowing the CAI-member (Community Association Institute) “service providers” and William Sklar and his merry band of “specialized” Florida lawyers to fill their pockets at the expense of these owners. Instead of listening to the owners of these properties our legislators are again only listening to attorneys like the folks from the Becker Law Firm, who are defendants in lawsuits brought by victims and survivors of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, who claim that the members of this law firms for many years fought bills in Tallahassee trying to create more safety for condo-owners. This law firm was as well the association attorney for the Champlain Towers South for many years.


Many families are losing their homes in HOAs because the Florida legislators plainly fail to protect owners in these communities from financial abuse, easy embezzlement, expensive frivolous lawsuits and election provisions that allow sitting board members to stay in power nearly forever. The whole system of HOAs is a sad joke, that serves only the financial “welfare” of the service-providers and cities and counties (double taxation) at the expense of these homeowners.


This year’s legislative session was a clear example of the unwillingness of our legislators to do anything that would help owners living in mandatory HOAs dealing with the many problems they are dealing with daily in these “communities”.


Many good HOA bills were filed at the beginning of the session: From the creation of the HOA Ombudsman’s office to fining procedures to mandatory board certification seminars, but not one of these owner-friendly bills even made it to a second committee hearing. At the end of the session all these bills will end up with the remark: “Died in Committee”! What a shame!


With other words: For another year we will see again presidents with idols like Vladimir, Joseph, Adolf or Fidel run the show in these HOAs supported by attorneys willing to tell owners who speak up at board meetings referring to violations of the Florida statutes: “Shut up and sit down. You don’t have the money to sue us anyway!

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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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