By Jan Bergemann

Published March 10, 2023


Since years we are trying to pass a bill creating mandatory education (seminars) for board members. But guess who is fighting this bill in Tallahassee? The “so-called” service-providers – like attorneys, CAMs, developers and the Community Association Institute – the national lobby organization for all these service-providers. Their claim: There will not be enough candidates for the association boards if mandatory education is enacted. I’m not sure who really believes such nonsense – may be only our legislators because they so far failed to enact such bill. Board members and owners seem to love these seminars – many of them are booked out if you don’t make timely reservations. Does that sound like folks don’t like to attend these seminars?


And is it really too much to ask a board member to spend 3 or 4 hours educating him/herself? Don’t forget: In competent board members can ruin the private finances of all association members in a heartbeat. Board members have a lot of responsibility and bad decisions can create havoc for the whole community. Shouldn’t they minimum have a basic knowledge of the statutes and rules that govern their association.


In the moment the existing laws allow board members to just sign a “stupid” affidavit stating that they know it all – and especially dictatorial board members take advantage of this “Easy-Way-Out”. They don’t really want to know because they want to make their own rules. That’s why we are seeing a lot of cases where statutes and rules are plainly ignored by association boards.


But in my opinion these service-providers have a more sinister reason for opposing mandatory education of board members: GREED!


It’s simple: Board members who don’t know the laws and rules are much easier to fleece. They are easily talked into lawsuits and contracts that make big bucks for these service-providers – to the detriment of the whole community!

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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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