By Jan Bergemann

Published October 13, 2023


Honestly, I think it’s real bad idea for more than one reason.


Non-members have no real personal interest in the welfare of the community. Any decision made by the board will not affect them personally. They don’t have to pay the higher maintenance fees or the special assessments.


Non-members on the board can open the doors for fraud and scams. I remember the case of a condo association in Miami, where the management company claimed that the election result put new members on the board. When owners looked for familiar names among the board members they couldn’t find one. It later turned out that the management company got some “friends” on the board in order to rule the community. It took the owners quite a while and a big legal fight to get rid of these board members and the management company.


The statutes carry quite a few restrictions for members volunteering to be candidates for the next board election – just look at the statutes. The statutes give a sitting board quite a few options to eliminate unwanted candidates. So, if the governing docs so allow, they rather put “friends” on the ballot sheet – friends who are not even community owners, so they can run the community as dictators.


If you live in a community association make sure that the governing documents of your association carry the necessary language that will only allow owners in good standing to be elected to the board. It will definitely help your financial welfare!

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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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