By Jan Bergemann

Published September 1, 2023


Let’s be very honest: At the beginning of the 2023 Legislative Session owners of property in Florida’s community associations had to be very happy when they saw the bills filed. Many owner-friendly bills trying to deal with the chaotic problems in many associations, especially fighting election fraud, kickbacks and embezzlement, were filed by legislators listening to their constituents.


The originally filed versions of HB 919 (Representative Juan Carlos Porras) and SB 1114 (Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez) carried great promises for owners in condos and HOAs. But these promises quickly disappeared when the red pencil of incoming speaker Daniel Perez killed most of the good provisions in the well-intended bills. Not only did he remove any provision for condos (FS 718), but as well any provision that would have helped enforcing the few “left-overs” in the bill that was finally signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis (Chapter 2023-228). Perez obviously thinks that there is no election fraud, kickbacks and embezzlement in condominiums. I don’t think so! I rather believe that the campaign funds given to him by his fellow attorneys and the CAI convinced him to remove all these great provisions for condo owners. Remember: These issues are great money-makers for attorneys! Passing the bill in its original version would have seriously reduced the income of some law firms “specialized” in defending “crooked” board members.


Homeowners are left to fight crooked board members at their own expense – making this bill again a bill for only the RICH – meaning owners who have the financial resources to hire attorneys and accountants and fight lengthy – and very costly – lawsuits against boards using the association’s money to cover up their wrong-doings:  See HAMMOCKS and BOCA VIEW.

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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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