DO THESE BILLS SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 16, 2024

 

Eric asked our readers on Monday: WHATíS YOUR PROBLEM?

 

Maybe the Florida Legislature is actually trying to solve minimum a part of your problem.

 

The Florida Legislature is seriously working on a myriad of community association bills that actually would create some teeth. One bill (HB 1021) would approve a $7.1M payment to the Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes, supposedly to hire 60 new employees to enforce the statutes, not just a few selected parts of it.

 

The two important HOA House bills (HB 1203 and HB 1243) have suddenly gotten companion bills in the Senate (SB 7044 + SB 7046) and the Senate is still working on SB 426, a bill that would create a Condominium Fraud Investigation Pilot Program.

 

Yes, there have been some amendments to the originally filed bills, but in all reality the bills still create lots of very owner-friendly provisions.

 

What really disturbs me at the committee hearings: CAI lobbyist Travis Moore is always waiving his speaking rights in support of these bills, only Mark Anderson, the CAM lobbyist, testified in opposition to HB 1203 at the committee hearing of the House Commerce Committee. Even the normal suspects representing the Florida BAR Ė Peter Dunbar and William Sklar Ė are nowhere to be seen at these committee hearings.

 

Are they playing their normal games behind closed doors?

 

Letís just hope that our legislators finally realize that the community association system is doing a lot of harm to Floridaís homeowner and unit-owners and serious changes, especially in regards to enforcement, have to be made.

 

Letís not forget: Itís election year Ė and more than 50% of all registered Florida voters are living in community associations.


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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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