YES!!! THERE OUGHTA TO BE LOTS OF LAWS!!!!
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
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
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
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!
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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