EVERY OWNER SHOULD ATTEND THESE
Published August 23, 2019
Even if these seminars are
called “Board Member Certification Seminars” –
every owner should attend these classes in my
For most of us buying a home or
Condo is the biggest investment of our lives.
Shouldn’t we all just be
interested to protect this big investment?
But how can you protect your investment if you don’t even know
the basic rules and Florida statutes that regulate the community
you bought into?
Remember: When buying into a
community association you put your – and your family’s –
financial welfare in the hands of people you barely know. No
matter what you have been told: Your community is a business,
and like every other business the financial welfare depends on
the decisions of the leadership -- n this case: The Board of
Don’t rely on the false
advertising used by the community association industry. There is
no “EASY LIVING” and “PROTECTING PROPERTY
VALUES”. It’s important that you participate and see to
it that your property values are really protected.
But unlike in regular
businesses where you have a professional well-trained leadership
running the show, you are dealing in community associations
often with untrained board members you have no business
experience whatsoever. That often leads to serious mistakes you
are paying for.
That makes it – in my opinion –
even more important for you to learn the basics about running
and managing your community association,
Closing the door, not wanting
to get “involved” in the association politics, can be very
detrimental to your personal finances and the welfare of your
So, don’t wait until you get a
letter in the mail telling you to pay a “special assessment” –
for whatever reason – within 30 days, creating havoc for your
and your family’s finances.
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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