By Jan Bergemann

Published September 7, 2018


There is absolutely no doubt that there are many good board members serving in Florida’s community associations – and maybe we should create a medal for them for all the good work they are doing. Many of them are working endless hours to put the association on the right track. And they are often enough not getting the proper recognition for their hard work, because it seems that there are always some members of the community who know everything better. Let’s face it: Being a board member isn’t an easy job – and all too often it’s a THANKLESS JOB!


And there are still too many BAD board members, board members who ignore the rules and laws, pursue their own private agendas and use their positions to enrich themselves by illegal means.


In reality it’s all about the association system – a system that can never work the way it is set up. Creating laws regulating these communities is a pretty useless effort without creating tools to easily enforce these laws. What kind of system is it if you have to be rich – or minimum well off – in order to enforce your rights?


What kind of system is it that allows board members to “steal” from their neighbors and get away with a slap on the wrist?


It’s a system that creates dictatorships – and allows the dictators to use their neighbors’ money to protect themselves against prosecution for their misdeeds!


For the benefit of all the good families who got lured into these communities under false pretenses this system needs serious changes if it’s supposed to create the easy-living environment families are being promised when moving into these 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:

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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