By Jan Bergemann

Published July 20, 2018


The requirement to record governing documents – and amendments thereto – is another example for our legislature obviously having no concept on how to deal with laws regarding community association.


The industry threw millions of families into so-called community associations claiming that these associations provide “EASY LIVING” and “PROTECT PROPERTY VALUES”.


Nothing is further from the truth.


These community associations have no other purpose than making service providers rich at the expense of the owners who were lured into these communities under false pretenses.


In reality they created Gulags with no real governmental oversight, allowing board members to create dictatorships. Remember Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin? Remember the prominent sign displayed at this checkpoint saying: “YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN ZONE!


Every community association should display that sign at the entrance – warning folks that our US Constitution is “outfoxed” by a “contract” – a contract that can be changed without all partners to this contract having a say.


Potential buyers are always getting the smart advice: “Get the latest version of the governing documents from the local court house in order to avoid “nasty” surprises after buying into the community.”


Well, they’ll have a “nasty” surprise anyway if they find out that there are valid rules that were not recorded with the local Clerk of the Court.


The process of “RULEMAKING” in associations clearly stinks. We only see too often that a dictatorial president is making up rules as he goes along – and owners have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fight these made-up rules.


When will our Florida legislature finally realize that they were supposedly elected to serve their constituents – and not the special interests that are financing their campaign funds?

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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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