By Jan Bergemann

Published December 4, 2020


I hear it all too often from owners and even from other board members: “Our President is a DICTATOR!”


The president makes decisions without asking the other board members, advises the management company not to allow other board members to inspect the records, pursues his/her private agenda and decides to punish owners with violation letters and fines without using the process required by the Florida statutes.




And/or the other board members are sit by idly and allow the board president to be a dictator.


These other board members have to understand that they are as guilty as the president himself by allowing him to be a dictator. And if an owner finally decides that “enough is enough” and takes the case the court/arbitration, these other board members will be as much named as defendants as the board president.


The other board members have to realize that it would be really easy to stop this dictatorial person to be the president. A president serves at the pleasure of the board, and as quickly as he/she can be elected president, he/she can be removed from office (not the board) by simple majority vote of the board.


Motion, Second – Vote: Adios!


Never forget: A person elected as the board president can only be a DICTATOR if the other board members allow him/her to be the DICTATOR!

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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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