OUR CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE SACROSANCT!
Published February 7, 2020
In this case I have to disagree with Eric and Rafael. In my
opinion it is definitely not dangerous if Florida law allows
owners in condominiums and homeowners’ associations to be
protected by the “BILL OF RIGHTS.”
Until I came to the USA I never knew that a contract can be
superior to the CONSTITUTION.
Why do we have a CONSTITUTION with the BILL OF RIGHTS?
In my opinion our founding fathers created a constitution in
order to make sure that our citizens have unalienable rights
nobody can take away from them.
Wasn’t that the idea in the first place?
Remember the joke that was pretty often told years ago: Why
don’t we give our Constitution to Iran since we don’t use it
Our community association laws allow dictatorships to fester in
our communities, allows freedom of speech to be impaired –
remember the stupid “cease and desist” letters from
attorneys for speaking up at board meetings? – and allow owners
to be bullied by some power-hungry persons.
There is nothing wrong with reasonable rules, but as we see on a
daily basis, power-hungry boards and managers take away our
rights, supported by certain attorneys with dollar-signs in
What about the peaceful, easy-living community owners were
promised when buying their family home? Buying into these
communities shouldn’t require owners to be outright rich, in
order to be able to fight for their rights, since our government
plainly refuses to enforce the laws the legislators are
In my opinion this bill was long overdue! Every citizen in this
country, community association or not, should be protected by
the BILL OF RIGHTS!
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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