By Jan Bergemann

Published July 28, 2017


Already during the time the Condo Reform Bill HB 1237 was discussed in the legislature, it became obvious that there are changes needed to the wording of certain provisions.


But Florida’s legislative session only lasts two (2) months and the process needed to pass a bill is lengthy and requires lots of committee hearings in House and Senate. That leaves little time to discuss fixes to the wording of a once filed bill, since the bills in House and Senate have to be more or less the same.


Most bills require minimum three committee stops in House and Senate each. So the sponsors of the bills have often to decide if a change to the wording may be feasible. An amendment needs to be filed – and if the deadline for filing amendments is passed, the bill will most likely be taken off the agenda by the committee chair, because all this happens under serious time-restraints.


Many bill sponsors rather keep within time-limits to keep their bills in the loop, instead of making the necessary fixes to the bill wording. The old saying in Tallahassee: “There is still a next year!”


The so called Condo Reform Bill (HB 1237) that was later on dubbed the “CONDO CRIME BILL” was initially written – in my opinion – with a lot of good intentions and heated emotions, leaving certain provisions in the bill with poor wording.


Let’s face it: Florida’s condo owners should consider themselves lucky that this bill passed and should thank the bill sponsors – even if some changes to the wording may be needed next year.


Community association bills are always a work in progress as we can see each year at the beginning of each legislative session in spring. Year for year various bills are being filed trying to create changes to the existing statutes regulating community associations.

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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:

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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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