CITIZENS FOR JUSTICE, INC.
Justice As A Foundation All Rights Flow”
FOR HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS (FS 720)
SUMMARY, COMMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS
Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published October 1, 2008
For Justice, Inc. (CCFJ) is proud to publish the first comprehensive HOA REFORM SURVEY ever created in Florida with
wide participation from all parties interested in this issue. We would like to thank all participants who took the time to submit the survey. It allowed us to create
this very informative survey analysis.
survey, conducted by Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc. during July and August
2008, received 1033 valid responses and many comments to 14 questions dealing with issues of
utmost importance for reforms of FS 720, the statute regulating mandatory homeowners' associations in Florida. Affirmative votes ranged from
75.1% to 96.9%, a clear indication that
State Representative Julio Robaina received a hard copy preview of this
survey, he stated (quote): "After receiving the feedback from over
a thousand State of
you will see some of the results of the survey in an easy-to-read format and
some comments and conclusions in regard to the survey results.
For the detailed scientific results of the survey please go to:
THE PARTICIPANTS (1033 Valid Responses)
THE SURVEY’S MOST IMPORTANT PRACTICAL CONCLUSION:
WITH ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND THEY’RE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT!
Question 1: ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY $4 ANNUALLY FOR A REGULATORY AGENCY?
Citizens from all over Florida participated in the survey, but especially newspaper articles created a stronger participation in certain areas. This survey shows that the problems are all over Florida, not just in South Florida, as some state legislators from Central Florida always tried to establish.
participation in this survey showed that citizens from all over
With 96.9% the question with the most affirmative votes:
obvious that nearly all the folks who submitted the survey felt that this
issue has the highest priority -- and the comments showed why.
members can easily ruin the best community association. And even though board
members are volunteers, not all "candidates" are qualified to manage
an association -- to phrase it politely. Even if the business judgment rule
allows these board members to make "innocent" mistakes, it's time to
hold them accountable for their actions, if bad intention and malice can be
high percentage of affirmative votes to all the questions below is a clear
sign that HOA reforms are desperately needed. THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE HAS
the recently published poll by Community Association Network
(CAN) asks for more power for associations and the board of
directors, nobody explained what kind of power they are
looking for. In
our opinion -- and the views of a wide majority of survey
participants -- it is definitely most important that common
sense be re-introduced into our community associations.
Calling for more "POWER" surely will not
solve the many problems that homeowners face.
order to protect the welfare of