By Jan Bergemann

Published November 30, 2018


Florida statutes (see below) clearly allow owners to video-tape any board or membership meeting. But, as usual, the legislature allows the board to make “REASONABLE RULES” regarding the taping of these meetings. And I think we all know that people have a very different understanding of the meaning of the word “REASONABLE.”


We all know that many board members don’t like the meetings to be taped since they don’t like proof of what really has been said at these meetings.


So they come up with all kinds of rules that are definitely anything BUT reasonable.


Some examples of “rules” made up by boards or management companies that plainly make me laugh and are definitely anything but “reasonable.”


Any owner who wants to video-tape the meeting has to give written notice to the board five days in advance of the meeting.” That’s pretty difficult since the owners only get a 48-hour notice that a meeting will take place.


Before video-taping the meeting the owner has to get consent from all people present in the room.” Who are they kidding?


After taping the meeting a copy of the tape has to be given to the board for approval!” Yeah, right!


And the list of “UN-REASONABLE RULES” created by board members , CAMs and attorneys goes on!


In my opinion board members who don’t like to be video-taped surely have something to hide – and have obviously a bad conscience they are trying to conceal by avoiding owners making video-tapes of their misbehavior.


FS720.306(10) RECORDING. Any parcel owner may tape record or videotape meetings of the board of directors and meetings of the members. The board of directors of the association may adopt reasonable rules governing the taping of meetings of the board and the membership.


FS718.112(2)(c) Board of administration meetings. Meetings of the board of administration at which a quorum of the members is present are open to all unit owners. Members of the board of administration may use e-mail as a means of communication but may not cast a vote on an association matter via e-mail. A unit owner may tape record or videotape the meetings. The right to attend such meetings includes the right to speak at such meetings with reference to all designated agenda items. The division shall adopt reasonable rules governing the tape recording and videotaping of the meeting. The association may adopt written reasonable rules governing the frequency, duration, and manner of unit owner statements.

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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.


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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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