MULTI CONDOMINIUMS? MULTI
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
||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