By Jan Bergemann

Published September 23, 2022


I don’t think that anybody ever believed that CAMs or even attorneys are in the “INFORMATION BUSINESS”. It’s not necessarily a well-kept secret that many CAMS and association attorneys think that clueless board members are easier to “milk” than well-informed ones.


But I have heard that even many boards, despite being well-informed and full-well knowing the financial burden put on hi-rise condos by the new Condo Safety Bill are plainly ignoring these new requirements in their budget planning.


They just hope that the law firms representing them in Tallahassee will be successful in doing what they did with the fire-safety provisions some years ago: Postpone the deadline created by the bill for some years!


Year for year the legislature in Tallahassee dealt with FS 718.112(2)(l)Firesafety. The deadline was prolonged, then shortened, then prolonged again. In between a governor vetoed the total bill and then the process started all over again. Now the deadline is set for “before January 1, 2024”.


Will these new deadlines created by the Condo Safety Bill survive the next legislative session? Who knows?


One thing is sure: If all the deadlines will stay in place many families will lose their homes. Too many condo associations voted down reserve funds year for year and now have peanuts in the reserves instead of the money really needed. For all these families there are only three options:

  1. The Legislature postpones the deadlines in next year’s legislative session.

  2. Sell their homes as long as it is still sellable for a reasonable price.

  3. Lose their hoe to foreclosure.

The failure of these associations to create the necessary fully funded reserve funds is now backfiring!

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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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