FINALLY: MANDATORY EDUCATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 19, 2024

 

This year the Florida Legislature finally got the message: It is absolutely irresponsible to allow people run a community association who donít even have the basic knowledge of statutes and rules. Mandatory seminars are required, with the Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes tasked with supervising the that all board members follow the laws. The new bills no longer allow board members to just sign the stupid ďI know it all formĒ.

 

But will the Division be prepared to make sure to take care of all the new laws?
 

Donít forget: It all hinges on the rule-making of the Division. As long as the Division allows seminars by ZOOM or YouTube, the whole effort of the Legislature to create mandatory education for board members plainly fails. We al know how ZOOM and YouTube work: You sign in, leave it running on your computer and get a certificate  -- for not listening to one word that is being said. Nobody can control if the board member is really listening.

 

Remember: There is no Condo Ombudsman since Spencer Hennings resigned last year. The Director listed on the website -- Chevonne Christian Ė is gone. And they send folks to town hall meetings who donít even know the difference between enacting laws by the Legislature and Rule Making by the Division.

 

Yes, the legislature is giving the Division an extra $7.1 million to hire 68 new employees, but who will properly train them?

 

What I have seen so far, most of the employees working for the Division really need to get lots of education. What good does it do if the investigators supposed to deal with the complaints of condo owners donít actually know the laws and rules governing Floridaís condominium associations?


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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: 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 in Florida !


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