By Jan Bergemann     

Published April 28, 2017


Eric talked on Monday about a law that should be in the statutes Ė but isnít! To respond to his example: I agree with one of the folks commenting: Read the contract before signing it!

I always hear complaints about wording in the contracts Ė often by the same people who actually signed the contract. Here is my advice to board members: DONíT SIGN CONTRACTS WITHOUT READING THEM FIRST!


And if you donít understand certain provisions in the contract, ask somebody who does. Always remember: A signed contract is a legally binding document, includingall the provisions hidden in small print. Donít just rely on the common statement: "Itís a form contract with all the normal provisions!" Even so-called form contracts may contain provisions you may not like!


Remember: The bad guys count on the fact that most board members are amateurs when it comes to signing contracts. Many of you board members donít have any business experience Ė meaning you have a hard time reading between the lines and understanding the "legalese".


But if there is one law I wish would be there, itís a law against STUPIDITY! We all know the old saying: ďYOU CANíT FIX STUPID! And thatís absolutely true!

Already our friend and former State Legislator Julio Robaina pointed out at various occasions that passing a bill against stupidity would reduce the problems in community associations by more than half. He was 150% correct!


So If there OUGHTA be a law Ö. Ė it should be a law against STUPIDITY!

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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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