Dear Friends and Members,
the big community association bill has been published and been assigned official numbers. In the House it's bill number H 1373 (Sponsored by Representative Julio Robaina) and in the Senate S 2816 (Sponsored by Senator Alex Villalobos). Both are very consumer-friendly legislators trying to help us owners deal with the many problems we are facing in associations! They filed the bill -- now it's up to us to do our job! We need to contact our local legislators and ask them to support this bill!
The bill contains something for all of us -- and all of it very owner-friendly. We asked for easier enforcement of the statutes, for accountability of the people in charge and easy access to information and education. The bill takes care of all these demands!
Please take a look at the whole bill at: http://www.ccfj.net/PB07HB1373.html
If you are only interested in the parts of the bill that concerns your association, please click on the links on top of the bill. It makes it real easy!
If you haven't seen the report on FOX35News-Orlando about problems in homeowners' associations, please take a look at: http://www.ccfj.net/CCFJwagewarFOX35.html
and watch the video!
As expected, Donna Berger from CALL had nothing faster to do than to declare that they will oppose the bill. What a surprise? They have since years done nothing else than trying to destroy any owner-friendly legislation with the help of some board members who obviously needed their protection. Their excuses for fighting owner-friendly bills are actually pathetic! Some of the folks who accompanied them last year to Tallahassee for Community Association Day will not be with them any more this year. Some were voted out of office by angry owners, others have better things to do -- like explaining where the money went! See: REVOLT IN THE GALT MILE GULAG?
If you're an owner, never forget: CALL (Community Association Leadership Lobby) and CAI (Community Associations Institute are actually lobbying trade organizations that represent the interests of the service providers -- like attorneys and managers. They can never be on your side -- you being a board member or an owner. They are just interested in your money -- not your welfare!
And it's very easy to understand why they are fighting easy enforcement, accountability and education. Their business blooms if owners are fighting each other. Peaceful nice communities are not good for their business!
So, if you want a nice, neighborly community not riddled by litigation, please push this important bill that contains a lot of issues we owners have been asking for since many years!
Ask your local legislators to co-sponsor this important bill. We are complaining about high insurance premiums and property taxes? Quite a few owners have paid a lot more in special assessments. We need to stop the waste of our association dues caused by financial mismanagement, uncontrolled spending and even clear embezzlement! See: Homeowners group's ex-leader accused of theft at: http://www.ccfj.net/HOAFLBocaRiotheft.html
Don't know who your local legislators are? Send me an e-mail with your zip code and I'll send you the contact addresses!
Here is your chance to protect your financial welfare! Write your legislators to support the bill! A little hint: Always write the bill number in the Subject line!
Jan Bergemann, President
Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.
IN ALLIANCE WITH:
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Property Owners Association in the Villages (POA)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 11
Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHCGPB)