By Jan Bergemann

Published May 24, 2019


In my opinion a management firm should manage – as the name says – and not turn into a “We-Do-It-All” contracting firm. I think it’s even more than just a conflict of interest, especially if the management firm is pushing a specific contracting firm without disclosing that the firm is actually part of the corporation the management firm belongs to.


One big company – they changed their name recently for a purpose – had made it a science to push their own vendors onto unsuspecting association boards. They had more than 120 companies under their umbrella at one time.


Another one of the big management companies “blackmails” vendors into paying fees if they want to be considered for bids.  That company even has its own bank – located in a different state – where the association funds are tucked away, out of reach of the board members.


Let’s make it short: Association boards should only hire management companies that only do one thing: MANAGING! If boards want a fair bidding process they should not hire a firm that has specific connections to other vendors and contractors.


If they do they may even pay the management firm for “supervising” the work of a company they are related with. Do you honestly believe that you will get an honest “supervision” in a case like that?

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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.


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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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