By Jan Bergemann     

Published August 18, 2017


Just imagine there would be communities where you can only live if you are less than 55 years old – as Eric called it: REVERSE 55+ COMMUNITIES.


In case you are younger than 55 years old – would you consider moving into one of these communities – if these types of communities would be legalized by the legislature?


Personally, I think it’s a bad idea to create communities with age-limits. That’s just another one of these “AMERICAN” inventions when it comes to housing.


I have never heard about something like that in Europe – and to me it makes no sense. I just think creating age-restricted communities is another “failed” invention of our housing market and serves no other purpose than marketing.


Just imagine: After living in such a community for more than 10 years, you and your spouse turn 55. WHAT NOW? You have to move out of your home or have your kids move in with you so have a person living in the household who is less than 55 years old. Or exchange your spouse for a younger model?


Give me a break – that makes no sense to me sorry! I grew up in a home where – for a few years – four (4) generations lived happily together. My Great-Granddad played with me as a little kid, without me having to see him in a senior citizen home.


You can have nice neighbors – and you can have neighbors from hell – the age doesn’t really matter. But if you live in a HOA it’s a lot more important to have nice neighbors – because you can’t just erect a big fence like in a neighborhood without a HOA.

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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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