By Jan Bergemann

Published January 19, 2024


Well, when we discussed SB 278 we always considered the simple bill filed by Senator Jonathan Martin that plainly stated: NO FEES FOR ESTOPPEL CERTIFICATES!


That has changed since yesterday’s committee hearing of the Senate Committee on Fiscal Policy. Senator Martin filed an amendment to his bill that was discussed and voted upon favorably.


The language is pretty complicated – lots of legal mumbo-jumbo – and allows again associations, CAMs and attorneys to charge fees – with lots of restrictions and if’s and when’s.


But it seems the industry is still very unhappy, according to the objections their lobbyist raised at the committee hearing. You can see the details and watch the video on our SB 278 webpage.


But so far the House companion bill (HB 979) hasn’t had a committee hearing yet and the House has often pretty different opinions than the Senate.


Let’s just see where this is all going.

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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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