CONTENTS OF GRAND JURY REPORT
Published February 17, 2017
It seems many folks are surprised about the
devastating report published by the Miami/Dade Grand Jury.
Actually, it’s nothing new! Remember the report of Julio
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SELECT COMMITTEE ON CONDOMINIUM &
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE”
The wording was different, but the contents was more or less the
same: The enforcement of the statutes by the Division is more or
less non-existing. During the meetings of the Select Committee
we heard the testimony of owners showing the financial disasters
created by boards and service providers. But the Florida
Legislature showed little to no interest in changing the laws to
protect the owners against abuses and financial losses.
At that time Michael Cochran was the Division Chief. At that
time we never expected much from the Division. But when Kevin
Stanfield, who attended all Select Committee hearings and
listened to the horrendous testimony of many owners, took over,
we expected quite some changes, considering that Kevin Stanfield
had listened to all the testimony – and knew exactly what was
going wrong! But in all reality it actually got worse once Kevin
Stanfield took over!
I will never understand why our Florida Legislature bothers each
year with making changes to the community association statutes,
if they are not interested in creating provisions that would
make sure that the provisions of the statutes can easily be
enforced. The State collects each year $4 from each owner paid
into the Condo trust Fund, but only a small portion of this
“designated” money finds its way to the actually intended
purpose, most money is “abused” by the Legislature, the same as
much of the money paid by owners into the association
Does the Legislature set a bad example, showing board members
and service providers how it shouldn’t be done?
We all know that the best law is useless
without enforcement. So why bother to create more laws if it
comes without enforcement?
||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