By Jan Bergemann

Published June 10, 2022


The ink of the Governor’s signature under the Condo Safety Bill isn’t even dry yet – and we already see the so-called experts fighting over the meaning of the provisions of the bill.


I already stated my opinion about the bill – SB 4D – in my Op-Ed “BUILDING SAFETY BILL SB4D – AN OPINION”. I am pretty sure that this will not be the final version of the “CONDO SAFETY” provisions that will be imposed on Florida’s condo-owners.


Remember the fight over the fire sprinkler system bill? Year for year the wording of this provision changed – especially the final date – and would say that more changes would have been proposed during this year’s legislative session if the catastrophe in Surfside wouldn’t have directed the attention of our legislators on a more important issue.


But condo board members – and owners – should not forget that now the cost of retrofitting each hi-rise building with either a fire sprinkler system or an engineered life safety system as specified in the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the cost of all the provisions required by the new condo safety bill are falling into the same time-zone.


I can only hope that our legislators can latest in the next legislative session agree on a final version of all the safety provisions, so the owners in all the hi-rise buildings really know what to expect.


But I doubt that the main issues contained in this new bill will really change a lot. There may be a little change of wording – for clarification purposes – but generally the main provisions – and the cost attached to these provisions – will stand.


In my opinion condo boards and the members should already prepare for fulfilling all the safety provisions enacted by SB 4D, because otherwise they will have an even worse awakening than they had when the Condo Safety Reform Bill was enacted.

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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.


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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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