By Jan Bergemann

Published July 19, 2019


Florida is not only the heaven for retirees – not considering the many scams threatening especially older folks – it’s as well the heaven for snowbirds. And that means that many homeowners and condo owners – and board members -- are gone for a long period of time, mainly in summer.


And because of the hot and humid weather many permanent residents use the summer time to take longer vacations, visiting friends and families up North or going on lengthy cruises.


With other words: Lots of homes and condos are empty during the summer months, and there are community associations where the only people around are the manager and the landscaper.


But that doesn’t mean that there is no urgent business to be taken care of in the associations. You can’t just close down everything, leave and just hope that everything is still great when you return.


Remember: Summer is as well hurricane season and a hurricane can cause huge damages as we all know. And decisions have to be made in a rush in order to avoid more damages caused by the failure of fast response.


So, before you leave for a lengthy period of time make sure that all your modern gadgets are in working order, that you can easily get in touch with all the folks on the association boards – and/or neighbors you know will be at home during the time you are gone.


Modern technology has given us so many options to stay in touch, so: LET’S USE THESE GADGETS!


Stay in touch and make sure that business is taken care of – no matter where you are!

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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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