By Jan Bergemann

Published March 29, 2019


First of all, I want to say a BIG THANK-YOU to Darlys, for sticking with us over the years, supplying our readers week for week with interesting blogs. THANK-YOU DARLYS -- and all the best wishes for the future!


In my opinion only two kinds of bills have any chance of passing this year.


While the so-called Fire-Safety bills are boring us every year, all we see is the fact that there will be just another postponement of the requirement for older condo hi-rises to retrofit with a sprinkler system.


Remember: This discussion goes on since 2004 -- with no end in sight, only because none of the law-makers came up with the idea to require the creation of a reserve fund to pay for the cost when they gave in to more whining. Year for year we hear the associations crying that this requirement to retro-fit with a sprinkler-system will be too expensive and will cost families their homes. How about their lives? Many of these associations have plenty of money to pay for other restorations, but saving lives obviously is not one of their priorities.

The other bill that might have a slight chance to make it to the Governor's desk is the bill that has been dubbed the "LOCK-THEM-UP " bill. The first committee hearing went pretty smoothly. See:



It will be interesting to see how the House companion bill is doing! Such a bill making certain acts "criminal" is long overdue -- with these kinds of crimes going on day for day -- not only in condos, but as well in many homeowners' associations. But we had long ago established that the more than 2.5 million owners of property in mandatory homeowners' associations are treated by the Florida legislature as the stepchildren of our society.

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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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