By Jan Bergemann

Published February 19, 2021


A large number of community association bills have been filed so far for the upcoming Florida legislative session starting on March 2. You can find a complete list of all these bills on our website at PRIORITY BILLS, where you will find as well the analysis of the bills filed so far. Two of the most important bills – SB 56 and SB 630 -- have already had successful committee hearings and are on its way.


There will be more amendments – and additions – to the bills filed before they end up on House and Senate floors for final votes. Since all these bills are filed by Republicans – I haven’t seen one community association bill filed by a Democrat – the bills should have in the end no problems ending up on the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.


In the bills filed so far, a lot of different issues are being addressed, but a lot more issues need to be added for much needed reforms.


Since about 50% of Florida’s population lives in community associations, it is imperative that these families are protected against abusive boards and service providers – and that the statutes are written in a clear language, preventing smart lawyers from reading “between the lines” and creating costly, but totally unnecessary lawsuits.


And there is one thing that has to be made clear to all parties involved: Virus or not – there is no excuse for violating the statutes regulating community associations. Owners have rights – and these rights should be easily enforceable.


Next week I will be talking about our CCFJ Legislative Wish List for this session – and the real need to finally create election laws for HOAs. Last November definitely taught us that fair elections are the foundation to create “peaceful” living in our communities. Otherwise the maintenance fees are not used for much needed maintenance of the properties, but for litigation that in the end has no real winners.

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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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