By Jan Bergemann

Published May 12, 2023


Ask the EXPERT: Incoming speaker State Representative DANIEL PEREZ (R-Miami- Distr.116)! In my opinion the great State of Florida would have been much better off if he would have left his dictatorial attitude in New York, where he actually came from. The champion of special interests – mainly association attorneys – butchered a perfectly good bill that would – in its original form -- have helped Florida’s home-owners and condo-owners dealing with scams, kickbacks, embezzlement, fraud and fraudulent voting activities.


When Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (SB 1114) and State Representative Juan Carlos Porras (HB 919) filed the companion bills dubbed “Community Association Bill of Rights”, all members of Florida’s community associations cheered, hoping that this bill would finally end the massive fraud and embezzlement we are seeing in many of these communities. Remember: Juan Carlos Porras represents the district that includes the HAMMOCKS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED, the community where the appointed receiver is dealing with fraud and embezzlement in the amount of more than $4 million.


HB919/SB1114 was a great bill that included great enforcement provisions and was aiming at ending the financial bleeding in Florida’s community associations.


But when Daniel Perez was done butchering this bill, there was barely anything left for owners to cheer about. All provisions helping condo owners (FS 718) were totally eliminated and the provisions for HOAs (FS 720) were mostly cut back, with no enforcement whatsoever left. Again: Homeowners have to use their own money and litigate in order to enforce the provisions left in the final version of the bill. We know where that’s going, right? Let’s bankrupt some more families!


If the Florida Bar would hold a ceremony to award an OSCAR for outstanding services in Tallahassee DANIEL PEREZ would be the winner.


The sad remains of the once great bill (HB919 E2) are creating nothing but more lawsuits and will definitely not deter the “bad” guys from continuing to fleece the members of community associations.


From what I’m hearing in e-mails and telephone calls, the new champion of Florida’s community association members will be Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. She fought hard to go after the bad guys and to create a bill that would help owners to get justice back into their communities. The problem for Republicans: She is most likely running for higher office – as a Democrat – and will get the votes of many folks 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:

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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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