By Jan Bergemann

Published March 6, 2020


Let’s face it: “Quitting” the board is mostly happening in anger. Board members often get seriously annoyed by votes or decisions of the board, by insults from the audience, or by majority votes they just can’t stomach.


But, as we read in Eric’s blog on Monday, just screaming “I QUIT” is not really the end of the tenure. According to a recent Appeals Court ruling this decision has to be backed up in writing.


But is resigning from the board fair to the owners who elected this person to the board in the first place? Don’t forget: These owners voted for this person to represent them – and their interests – on the board.


Especially if the resignation occurs because of the fact that other board members voted in opposition to the opinion of this board member, a resignation is just doing these other board members a favor.


The resignation leaves a vacant seat, a seat these other board members can now fill with a person who is their ally or even friend – a person not elected by the owners.


In reality such a resignation actually achieves the total opposite of what the board member who resigned actually tried to achieve: Opposing the majority of the board! It just strengthens this fraction of the board by them now being able to appoint an owner of their choice: A person who agrees with them!


So: Think twice before shouting “I QUIT” and leaving the board meeting in anger!

You still have time to reconsider since your verbal resignation has to be backed up by a written notice of resignation.



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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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