By Jan Bergemann

Published July 27, 2018


Every good dictator makes his/her own rules. And that’s only too common in Florida’s community associations.


In 2007 we had hoped to put a stop to all these “rulemakings” by want-to-be dictators in HOAs. With our strong support the legislature passed FS 720.3035 – attempting to put a stop to “rulemaking” that is not based on the original governing documents – the actual “CONTRACT!”


But, how good is any law that totally lacks enforcement? Remember: There is no regulatory agency here in Florida that enforces all the laws passed by our esteemed legislators. Owners willing to fight rules made up by dictators have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fight for their rights. Is it really worth spending that kind of money trying to enforce laws passed by legislators who obviously have no clue what they are dealing with?


In reality they are listening to special interests whose only goal it is to fleece the owners who were blue-eyed enough to move into these communities.


The “Rulemaking Nonsense” is even promoted by the legislature when they allow association boards to make “reasonable rules.” WHAT A JOKE!


We all know that the word “reasonable” can be interpreted any which way anybody wants it to read. What’s reasonable for one person may be totally unreasonable in the eyes of another person. That word is just another “Money-Maker” for greedy attorneys who in my opinion allow dictatorial board members to make up “reasonable rules” – rules these attorneys know full well will create some juicy lawsuits.


As long as “dictators” are allowed to make rules that are adverse to initial contracts without being held liable for their actions the whole system of “community associations” is nothing but a sad joke that cost property owners millions and millions of dollars each year!

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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: 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 in Florida !

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