By Jan Bergemann

Published September 10, 2021


Next Saturday we are holding our TOWN HALL MEETING in DORAL. We will have a great panel and experts discussing necessary changes to Florida’s community association law with home- and condo owners. We have already published our DEMANDS FOR CHANGES necessary to prevent disasters like the condo collapse in Surfside that cost the lives of 97 people.


But as so often in the past when changes to community association laws were made, the main topic remains: TOTAL LACK OF ENFORCEMENT!




How good is it if the owners are trying to get the records -- considered public records – from the association, but instead receive a threatening letter from the association attorney accusing them of slander and libel. And the regulatory agency – named Division of Condominiums, Timeshares & Mobile Homes -- sits idle by, ignoring the fact that FS 718.501(c)7. requires them to issue subpoenas if a unit owner presents the division with proof that the unit owner has requested access to official records in writing by certified mail, and that after 10 days the unit owner again made the same request for access to official records in writing by certified mail, and that more than 10 days has elapsed since the second request and the association has still failed or refused to provide access to official records as required by this chapter.”


And don’t forget: Condo owners are paying $4 annually to finance an agency that is about as useless as a pimple.


And there shouldn’t even be a discussion about mandatory fully funded reserves starting to be established at the day of “certification of occupancy.” Just right now condo owners in Destin are trying to recall a board because of a $80,000 special assessment necessary to repair and maintain an old building, with boards over the years failing to create the necessary reserve funds. You can be sure that some of the owners will lose their home because they will be unable to pay the $80,000.


More than 50% of all Floridians live in community associations – and we don’t have any reasonable laws – and enforcement of these laws – that protect these families – and especially their finances – from abuse, scams and embezzlement, not even to talk about fair elections.


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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:

Educational Website:

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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