May 26, 2017
problem in many community associations: Feud among the board
members! It’s a lot more common than the people who are
supporting the existence of community associations want us to
seen outrageous cases where presidents – in cahoots with
management companies – refused board members access to official
association documents. Or where asked to pay for the financial
documents needed to prepare for the upcoming board meeting. I
have seen even cases where board members were not even informed
that a board meeting was called. It’s outright ridiculous that
these kinds of abuses are left unpunished.
to the law every board member has one vote on the board –
meaning equal rights. Being an officer – like the president –
doesn’t give this person the right to make dictatorial
decisions. A president is not the CEO of a
for-profit-corporation, he/she is just the president of the
board with very limited decision-making power – mostly described
in the association’s Bylaws.
problem I see is the fact that CAMs often support the power-trip
of a president who is signing their pay-check. These CAMs should
be held responsible for their actions, since these kind of
abuses often cost the association members lots of money – even
leading to costly litigation. Even association attorneys support
these “power-plays” – since “nice” litigation creates lots of
billing-hours for them.
again the old saying: “Power Corrupts – And more Power
Corrupts Even More!”
||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