By Jan Bergemann

Published May 4, 2018


I think it’s great that Eric’s seminars are so well attended. I have been to quite a few of his seminars – and they are always very educational. But even more than 15,000 is a small number considering the fact that according to numbers there are more than 1.45 million condos here in Florida.


There are many good board members that really try to do the right thing and are trying to learn how their community should be managed – and how to follow the laws regulating these associations.


And then there are some owners who are interested in learning how the association system works – mostly after they found out that something isn’t right in their community.


Let’s face it: For most people buying a home or a condo is the greatest investment of their life. Wouldn’t one assume that they are interested in “protecting” this investment that most of them worked hard for to be able to buy it?


A wide majority of owners living in community associations have never attended a board meeting. Many of the owners will look at you like deer in the headlight if you ask them about the last budget meeting.


Shouldn’t owners minimum care what happens with their money?


People seem to forget that their condo/home is collateral for any debt the association occurs. Shouldn’t owners care if boards take out million dollar loans using the maintenance fees – or even special assessments -- as collateral?


It’s nice to see that quite a few board members and owners are attending Eric’s seminars, but in reality the apathy of a majority of owners allows the bad guys to run the ship into the ground.


Many more people should care about their investment – the home of their families!

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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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