By Jan Bergemann

Published September 4, 2020


Let’s just face it: Psychology and Psychiatry are nowadays part of our daily life. And it creates many problems we didn’t have to face before this “science” became fashionable.


When I grew up there were no “EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS”. You either liked pets, or you disliked them.


If you think that an emotional support animal will help you cope with daily life, you must like animals in the first place – right? Because if you don’t like dogs or cats – the pets most often claimed to be emotional support animals – these kind of animals will definitely not help you deal with your daily life.


Here comes the all important question: If you like pets, why moving into a community that has written “NO PETS” in big letters over the entrance? To me it makes very little sense, but I guess in today’s times there is always an explanation?


In my opinion it’s not very neighborly to have a pet – emotional or otherwise – in a NO-PET community. Have you ever considered that your neighbors moved into a NO-PET community because they have serious allergies? I don’t consider it very neighborly to live by the motto: Me first, who cares about the neighbors!


This newly invented cure for anxiety, depression, phobias, or post-traumatic stress disorder has created more lawsuits in community associations than the proponents are willing to admit.

And all the new laws, trying to solve the many existing problems caused by emotional service animals and their owners, will not stop the fights in these communities.


Does anyone honestly believe that owners with serious allergies will say: Wow, I moved into a NO-PET community because of my allergies, but in order to help my neighbor deal with his/her psychological issues I don’t mind getting sick and having to buy very expensive allergy medications in order to function?

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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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