KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
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
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
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
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.
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.
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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