By Jan Bergemann

Published July 6, 2018


Neighbors fighting neighbors is only too common – it’s happening since mankind can remember.


But with the creation of homeowners’ associations the problems got very complicated because now a third party is getting involved.


But should the HOA really get involved?


I think it very much depends. Does the fight between neighbors deals with issues created by the deed-restrictions (CC&Rs) – or is it just a common neighborly feud like branches from the neighbor’s trees are hanging over the fence – or the dog is running around without a leash pooping on the neighbor’s lawn?


A judge once said to me: “In former times feuds among neighbors were easy to resolve. The judge chewed out the guilty party, they shook hands and everybody went home without big financial damage.


Nowadays it’s very different: Not only the two feuding neighbors show up, but as well expensive attorneys wearing Arman suits who are complicating the issues, making a mountain out of a molehill. And even if the actual issues are finally resolved, the fight continues over the legal fees.”


And that’s a fact!


With other words: Neighbors should think twice about fighting with neighbors.  Often an amicable discussion about the issues can save a lot of money – and year-long fights!

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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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