By Jan Bergemann

Published October 4, 2019


Since many years I hear complaints about the TRANSFER FEES. It’s a very common complaint since it seems that every management company reads the laws different. But no matter the language, the few letters “$100” is international and should be understood by everybody.


As much as I understand that the $100 amount for transfer fee may not be sufficient to cover the expenses for background checks, I have to remind the service providers about the phrase always being used against homeowners complaining about certain rules that are wrong in their opinion: “If you don’t like the rules (statutes) go change them!”

That’s exactly what I would suggest to be attempted in the next legislative session in Tallahassee.


CHANGE RULES FIRST – before violating existing rules you may not like.


Otherwise you might find yourself being named as the defendant in a lawsuit – and lose big time: “Condo boards ‘fatten coffers’ with illegal fees. Residents just won a class-action settlement.”

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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:

Educational Website:

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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