By Jan Bergemann

Published September 8, 2017


Yes, we all know that being a board member of a community association is not an easy job if you are taking the job seriously.

But many of these volunteers just don’t understand that a community association is actually a business and as such it takes business decisions to manage a community association. It’s nice to have volunteers, but mistakes made by these volunteers can have a serious financial impact on all community members.


An even bigger problem owners of property in community associations are having is the fact that due to the total lack of oversight of these associations created by the legislature we see a lot of scam artist -- and worse -- abusing the power given to them by the laws governing community associations. Believe me: it’s a lot easier to get elected to the board of an association and then to “steal” the funds than robbing a bank. And recent cases have shown that there is a lot more money available in association funds than banks have available to rob in their branch locations. And the punishment if caught: In recent years only more or less a slap on the wrist for these “embezzlers” of association funds, while bank robbers were sentenced to serve many years in federal high-security prisons.


And then there are the “volunteer” board members who think they know it all, compare themselves to Superman and quickly turn into dictators who should be given middle-names like Adolf, Joseph or Fidel. We all know the old saying: “POWER CORRUPTS – AND MORE POWER CORRUPTS EVEN MORE!


These folks make up their own rules and defend violations of statutes and rules created by the governing documents with excuses like: “The association attorney said we can do it” or “I checked with the Division and they said it’s o.k. to do it this way.”


Well, and if that still doesn’t deter the owners who oppose these board members they talk to their "willing" attorney to write some “stupid” “CEASE and DESIST” letters trying to intimidate these owners, hoping they will finally shut up.


I always get a kick out of these letters. The accusations and “threats” often used in these letters are nothing but ridiculous. Even if these letters threaten the owners with about everything short of exile in Siberia, they are in reality nothing but tools of intimidation. Personally, I have a hard time understanding attorneys who are willing to be puppets of these “dictatorial” board members. For me it’s nothing but more waste of money.


I admire the owners who are willing to fight these “dictatorial” boards and dedicate time and money trying to right the wrong. It’s a difficult job – with all the odds stacked against these owners. I know how it feels doing it – been there, done it!


As much as I appreciate the hard work done by the “GOOD” board members, I dedicate this blog to the owners who are willing to fight dictatorships – and worse – in their communities! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK TO DO THINGS RIGHT!

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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:

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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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