By Jan Bergemann

Published May 8, 2020


Eric posted on Monday that he is realizing an unusual trend during the Corona Virus Pandemic: People are a lot more positive and less controversial.


That maybe in his law firm relating to lesser telephone calls from annoyed board members or owners, but on my side I canít really confirm this trend. To me it seems that people have more time to figure things out Ė meaning Iím getting a lot more questions and/or complaints by phone or by e-mails.


Recalls are in full swing and complaints are being filed, even if many HOA owners finally realize that there is no government regulatory agency where they could file a complaint.


When they hear that there is no regulatory agency, most of them are asking: WHY? But when they hear that the only way to go after their board is by filing for presuit mediation and taking them association to court, their enthusiasm for filing a complaint quickly diminishes Ė even in cases where the owners could prove clear violations of the law.


Letís just face it: The association system doesnít really work Ė no matter how many laws are created. I always compare the community association system to communism. It looks great in theory on paper, but as soon as humans get involved it totally fails the property owners.


Too many people just forget that they often put their personal financial fate in the hands of often incompetent board members and/or management companies when buying a home in a community association.

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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: 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 in Florida !

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