By Jan Bergemann

Published June 1, 2018


Well, the Florida BAR finally made a consumer-friendly move by acknowledging the fact that not every law firm/attorney adding HOA/Condo Law as specialty to their website is really knowledgeable.


They gave really experienced attorneys in this field the right to be Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law.


It was about time because after the economic breakdown in 2007 many attorneys in need of new clients just added HOA/Condo Law to their website, luring new clients to their practice under the pretense of being knowledgeable HOA/Condo attorneys.


In my opinion HOA/Condo Law is pretty tricky and requires a lot of knowledge, especially knowing case law. The laws, often written by attorneys with dollar signs clouding their view, are not easy to interpret and it takes in my opinion long years of experience to be a good HOA/Condo attorney.


With other words, associations and owners should make sure to look at the credentials of an attorney they are planning on hiring:


Can the attorney claim that he/she is Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law?

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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:

Educational Website:

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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