KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 22, 2021

 

Thatís the headline on our Educational Website of the CCFJ FOUNDATION. It was true in the Middle Ages Ė and itís still true today. Thatís one of the reasons why board certification seminars should be mandatory. How can a board member make a decision based on rules and regulations governing the association if he/she doesnít know these rules and regulations.

 

A board making bad decisions can quickly ruin the private finances of the members of this association. And in my opinion board members should be liable for making decisions that clearly violate the Florida statutes. Owners have been losing their homes over it, caused by special assessments they were unable to pay Ė the special assessment was caused by board members violating the Florida statutes that ended in a very expensive lawsuit (f.e. Flap over truck in driveway to cost Hillsborough community $187,443). This is just one of many cases where boards ignored the rules ending in a total disaster for the whole community.

 

Ericís board education seminars have been attended by more than 20,000 interested board members and owners and have been getting excellent reviews. And it clearly shows that the statements of the industry are definitely inaccurate. Legislators are always being told that associations are having problems finding volunteers to run for the board.  The participation in the seminars and the many election and recall lawsuits/arbitrations show otherwise.

 

If somebody wants to be in charge of other owners safety and financial welfare itís not asking too much if requiring this person to attend a 3-hour seminar.

 

Thatís why Senate Bill 394 needs to be enacted by the Florida Legislature in the next legislative session.

 

Thank you Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (R-Miami Distr. 39) for filing this important bill.


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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: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
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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