By Jan Bergemann

Published October 7, 2022


The phrase “Knowledge is Power” was already created in the 16th Century by Sir Francis Bacon – and it is still valid today.


This goes in the moment specifically for condo owners. When the Florida legislature enacted SB-4D during the special session, lots of provisions regarding the safety and maintenance of condo buildings were changed significantly.


I know that many condo boards and owners are hoping that the legislature will play the same game as they did with the deadlines for the “Sprinkler System” or the “Engineered Life Safety System”. That deadline was changed for many years during each legislative session, but it’s now set for January 1, 2024.


But just ignoring the new laws or hoping for a change of the deadlines is definitely the wrong approach. All condo owners should know what these new provisions will do to them financially and act accordingly. It’s high time to set money aside to pay for all these new safety requirements – especially in the many condo hi-rises that voted down “Fully Funded Reserves” year for year.


And if you feel that your personal finances can’t afford all these new financial requirements, get out as long as sales are still possible for a reasonable price. Otherwise you might end up facing foreclosure for unpaid dues.


Only the necessary knowledge can help you to make the right decision. So, get the knowledge by attending one of Eric’s “BOARD CERTIFICATION SEMINARS” – see his blog from Monday, October 3. Even if you have attended one of these seminars before, go and refresh your knowledge, especially because of al the changes created by SB-4D.

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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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