ACCESS TO UNITS?
Published March 15, 2019
Once again we are talking about an important issue, important
especially for snowbirds or folks who are absent from their
condo-unit for quite some time.
We had the discussion about having to leave a key with the
association, in order for the association having access to the
unit in an emergency while you are away. The Florida Condo
718.111(5)] gives associations the right to have access
to your unit – in an emergency!
But that always causes problems, because all too often we have
condo-owners complaining that somebody, with a key, entered
their unit, watched TV, drank some of their liquor and/or left a
mess in their unit while they were gone. Some of the “intruders”
even had their pictures taken by surveillance cameras. Many
condo owners just don’t trust the board members/managers enough
to feel comfortable allowing them to have free entry to their
home. I agree, because in many condo offices these keys are
easily accessible and are often used for other purposes than
So, if you are leaving for a lengthy period of time, make sure
that you have the right insurance (HO-6 policy) and a
friendly neighbor who is once in a while looking after your unit
while you’re away.
Both these precautions can save you a lot of money!
||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