December 5, 2014
presidents obviously think they are the community dictator –
what: THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG!
hear nearly daily stories about presidents who obviously adopted
middle names like Adolf, Joseph or Fidel!
of these folks just ignore the bylaws of the community – or
no mistake: The president is just another member of the board --
and has only one vote – like every other board member. A
president can’t just make “executive” decisions – unless
the board authorized his/her actions in a public board meeting
president is just another officer with a few special tasks like
calling meetings, writing agendas and chairing board meetings
– and whatever other tasks the bylaws allow him/her to do!
But that’s about it – no matter what some folks think!
A community association should be a membership
organization – not a dictatorship!
||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