By Jan Bergemann

Published September 3, 2021

This country really has a problem with holding election, but we want to tell other countries how to run their election and even sent ex-presidents to these countries to “observe” their election.


The election provisions in the statutes regulating community associations have more holes than a Swiss Cheese, not even considering the uncertainty of associations having the "Kaufman" language in their governing documents.


Elections in Florida’s community associations can be regulated by the bylaws, meaning the board can make the rules in order to make sure that they stay in power if so desired. Elections in associations are a total mess and cause a myriad of arbitration with uncertain outcome. Behind “failure to allow record inspection” it’s the No. 2 on the list for lawsuits and/or arbitration. And it’s really difficult to challenge the board for “election fraud” since in election litigation the loser pays all cost, meaning it could be an expensive deal for an owner to file an election challenge.


And in the last 18 months many boards used the Covid-virus as an excuse to either not hold elections at all or to rig elections, giving opposing candidates no chance to really compete.


Elections are supposedly the cornerstone of democracy.


Well, I guess that’s why we always say that you’re “Leaving the American Zone” when entering one of Florida’s tens of thousands of community associations. Remember “CHECKPOINT CHARLIE”?

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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:

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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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