By Jan Bergemann

Published January 11, 2019


The battles between short-term rental companies like AirBNB and counties, cities and community associations are raging in courthouses all over the State.


Since the Florida Legislature in its infinite wisdom decided to disallow local governments from banning and/or regulating short-term vacation rentals, companies like AirBNB are wreaking havoc in Florida’s community associations.


Even if some folks think that it’ a convenient way to make some extra income, they absolutely ignore the interests of their neighbors.


Not all the persons renting short-term are peaceful families that just want to enjoy the sun. We had quite some reports of havoc and annoyance caused by short-term renters in community associations. Some of the houses rented through AirBNB were even used to hold public parties with hundreds of participants – advertised on Facebook etc. – and caused significant havoc in these communities.


I am not a fan of the community association system, but homes and condos located in these communities are definitely not made to accommodate short-term rentals. People living in these communities want peace and quiet – and not neighbors having wild parties – or spring-breakers -- in their neighborhood.


I definitely think that the Florida legislature should rethink their attitude about making laws protecting these short-term rentals companies and should rather consider the welfare of peaceful families and neighbors before making decisions caused by campaign funds!

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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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