OH, THESE DEVELOPERS!
Published June 15, 2018
The developer we
bought our first home from here in Florida was as well my first
nightmare. I didn’t know what an HOA was, and relied on the
statement: "The HOA will take care of roads, amenities and
easements – it creates CAREFREE LIVING!"
I can assure you:
This HOA created my worst nightmares, especially after I found
out that the developer built the promised amenities using our
maintenance fees. And when we owners sued him we quickly found
out that – at that time – he could use our maintenance fees to
pay his attorney to defend against our lawsuit.
That made me think:
Legislators who allow such laws to be enacted, must be either
NUTS – or ON THE TAKE. SOME ARE BOTH!
That was about
twenty years ago. Much has been added to the wording of the
statutes in regards to turn-over of developer-control.
But what good is
wording if there is NO ENFORCEMENT of these
provisions in the Florida statutes?
Twenty years ago,
when “false” advertising was a Third Degree Felony, we were told
by the State Attorney’s office and the office of the Attorney
General, that there was “no” money to prosecute these
developers. I rather suggest that the elected attorneys and
judges were well “bribed” with campaign funds from developers.
And from what I’m
seeing in recent years – not much has changed on this front
||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