By Jan Bergemann

Published June 21, 2013


The provisions of H7119 (S580) will be added to the Florida statutes on July 1, 2013. Let’s make no mistake: It was a lot of hard work by a dedicated team that made this happen.


I was especially thrilled about the provision in the bill that finally requires all Florida homeowners’ associations regulated by FS 720 to register with the Division – latest by November 22, 2013 (A website to register is in the works!). Despite the opposition of some so-called advocates for associations, who claimed the reporting requirements go too far, the bill passed House and Senate with just little opposition. Their reasoning was anyway a joke: All the required answers are public record and can easily be researched anyway. But obviously some misled board members don’t really understand the facts.


You may ask why I’m so thrilled about this reporting provision being part of this bill. It’s exactly ten years ago that I first “dared” to ask the Florida legislature to create provisions that would require HOAs to register, just in order to know how many HOAs exist in the State of Florida. I didn’t succeed then – fighting the same opponents we are facing today. See my report about the hearing in front of the House Committee on Business Regulations in 2004. We are still facing the same people today when trying to pass association/owner-friendly bills. The only difference: Donna Berger isn’t the CALL-Lady any more, she switched jobs and joined Leigh Katzman, another strong opponent of owner-friendly bills.


The big difference this year: A determined team of legislators who worked very hard to keep their promise of pushing Part I of our HOA Reform Bill.

Our biggest THANKS go to Senator Alan Hays (S580 – the Senate companion bill to H7119) and House Representatives Debbie Mayfield and Mike La Rosa (H7119). Florida ’s homeowners living in mandatory homeowners’ associations regulated by FS 720 really owe these legislators a big debt of gratitude! THANK YOU!


And we had this year a great team of dedicated advocates, determined to make this bill a go: Our lobbyist Richard Pinsky from Akerman Senterfitt, Eric Glazer from the law firm of Glazer & Associates and Ralph Udick from the POHH (Property Owners of Harbor Hill) are a dedicated team that made it happen this year. THANK YOU!


My reward for this successful session: The enthusiasm of many homeowners who sent e-mails and/or visited the offices of their local legislators and who now can’t wait for JULY 1 – the day these provisions go into effect. It’s great to see that folks are already asking how the provisions of the bill will work in daily life – and when and where they can sign up for a HOA board certification seminar!

STAY TUNED – we are all working on Part II. But remember to THANK the folks who helped to make this dream come true!

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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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