By Jan Bergemann

Published May 19, 2023


The answer to this important question: DEFINITELY NOT!


Senate bill SB 154 – soon on the way to the Governor’s desk – covered a lot of ground, clarifying inspections, reserve studies, budget meetings and all kinds of details that have been discussed since SB-4D was enacted during a special session in 2022. SB-4D was supposed to be the “CONDO SAFETY BILL”, but in reality it created all kinds of financial hardships for owners of property in hi-rise buildings.


The legislature should have listened to the warnings from all kinds of different interests, telling them that the financial burden will cause many families to lose their homes. Recent budgets of condominium association have shown huge increases in monthly maintenance fees, and many associations have to levy huge special assessments to cover the cost of the requirements demanded by these bills.


We are always talking about the cost of reserve studies, engineering reports and inspections, but this year even more cost will have to be covered by hi-rise condominiums.


It seems that many condo owners forgot, that this year is the deadline for the Florida Fire Prevention Code [see FS 718.112(2)(l)] -- and the legislature just passed HB 1575 [Public Safety Emergency Communications Systems], adding even more cost to the budgets.


All this adds up – but nobody is telling all these families how to pay for it.


The change of the law in 2010, allowing owners to vote down mandatory reserves, is now coming back to haunt many of these owners in hi-rise buildings (3 stories or 75 ft.).

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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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