By Jan Bergemann

Published June 9, 2017


Let’s face it: Contracts are tricky – and even if you have five copies of a signed contract, it still doesn’t mean that the contract is fool-proof. That goes especially for laundry mat contracts.


I have seen over the years many lawsuits between associations and companies providing the coin-operated laundry machines. Eric already pointed out the many problems association boards run into when trying to terminate such contracts. The board suddenly finds out that the contract that was once considered simple, is anything but simple.


These companies play with lots of tricks – and make termination of these contract often very difficult – or even nearly impossible.


That’s why it is very important that boards run these contracts by their attorneys before signing a contract that has many hidden clauses that don’t favor the rights of the association.


I’m definitely not in favor of a board running to their attorney for every little issue, but laundry mat contracts are known to be tricky – so please spend some bucks on your attorney – because otherwise it could cost you a bundle!

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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:

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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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