By Jan Bergemann

Published April 26, 2019


Whoever came up with the idea of creating multi-condominium must have done so with the idea of creating problems for everybody involved. In reality: Itís a mess. In most of these associations nobody really knows what rules are valid since most of them have contradicting rules and the fight is on: Which rule is superior? The answer to this question has cost some of these associations hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees Ė and even after costly rulings the questions were not fully answered.


The problems are already starting with the election and the question: Who is representing whom on the board! Itís in the governing docs who votes for what board Ė and owners often donít really have a say on electing their representative on the board. And after everything is said and done it often turns out that some owners are not even represented on the board.


And even if a majority of owners realizes that they have a bad board there is very little they can do about it. You canít do ďRECALLSĒ in multi-condominiums because in most of them the board members are not elected directly by the owners.


Letís face it: Living in community associations is already bad enough, but living in a multi-condominium is often just horrible!

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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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