By Jan Bergemann

Published March 24, 2023


The real problem is caused by board members who sign CAM contracts without reading them or only read page 1.


Let’s face it, there are too many CAMs here in Florida who don’t even know the statutes regulating their profession, much less the rules and statutes regulating the community associations regulating the communities they are supposed to manage.


And they are now suddenly experts in structural contraction, wanting to charge – often outrageous sums of money – to supervise specialized contractors? Well, board members signing such contracts must be outright stupid or plainly don’t care about their neighbors’ money.


If a board feels that the work of a contractor they hired needs supervision, they either hired the wrong contractor – or they should hire an expert to do the supervision – like a specialized engineer who has no connection with the firm of the contractor.


Remember, we have seen CAMs even recommending contractors without even checking if these companies have the necessary licenses and insurance.


That goes as well for contractors who have a direct connection with the CAM firm, being part of the big corporation operating under the same umbrella. Just because management firm and contractor have different names doesn’t mean they are not part of the same parent company.


Then there are the management firms who charge contractors a certain amount of money to be on the “preferred vendors” list. If the vendor is not on that list, the CAM will prevent them from submitting bids to the association.


These games are going on since many years and since CAM-Licensing is unwilling to really enforce the laws regulating CAMS (FS 468.431-438), because some of practices are a clear violation of these statutes.




Don’t sign CAM contracts that contain costly provisions!

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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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