STATUTES ONLY FOR THE RICH!
Published May 5, 2023
face it: The community association bills that have been enacted
by the Florida Legislature in all these years are in reality
only LAWS FOR THE RICH! They all lack teeth – and
enforcement of these laws is left to the owners. If the board
ignores or violates these laws it’s up to the owners to enforce
them through litigation – and litigation is outrageous
expensive. Actually, it’s not affordable for most owners even if
they know that the board clearly violated the law. But most
owners don’t have $30,000 or $ 40,000 to get started with
litigation – and that’s in many cases not even enough. Remember,
the owners are fighting deep pockets – meaning unlimited
association funds – and many association attorneys are not shy
when it comes to drag cases out forever – starting with presuit
mediation – hoping that the owner will finally run out of money
and is forced to settle.
condo and co-op owners, who pay $4 for a regulatory agency (Division
of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes)
-- another government agency that has proven to be totally
ineffective -- litigation is the only choice for enforcing these
Proof for these statements: Hundreds of specialized attorneys
make a great living here in Florida, cheering on the legislators
to create more bills for the rich. All these laws are filling
their pockets – at the expense of all the families living in
Florida’s community associations.
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