is a long way to go to achieve the final goal of creating
the protection homeowners and condo-owners in Florida need and deserve. Even more so since the Florida legislature in the 2009 legislative
session failed to pass one single bill to solve the many problems
owners are facing in community associations. This is unbelievable
-- considering the daily headlines in the media.
economy and the bad real estate market finally delivered the proof
for what we had claimed all along: Community associations are NOT
protecting property values!
claim was just a sales gimmick to lure families into buying into
these communities. So was the so-called safety claim that gated
communities provide more security! That was just another fairy
go bankrupt, dragging families into a financial chaos, making them
lose their life savings. The mistake of the homeowners? They
bought a home at the wrong place at the wrong time. And despite
paying all their bills on time, they end up bankrupt and without a
home due to the fact that our government officials would rather
protect the guilty parties!
go bankrupt, dragging down owners who always paid their dues. This
is caused by many homes and units in foreclosure, owners not
paying their dues or homes that are just plain empty. In many
associations the financially responsible owners can't make up for
the budget deficits and lose their homes as well when association
bills are not paid and utility companies cut off services.
with the false advertising claim of "Carefree Living in the
Sunshine," retired folks can't keep up with the steady
increase of association dues – not to mention all the special
assessments levied -- and lose their homes to foreclosure!
SOCIETY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!
the 2009 legislative session
's legislators were more interested in protecting the banking
industry than their constituents. Obviously, it doesn't matter to
the legislators that many families lose their homes and life
savings, as long as special interest is protected. Don't forget,
it was the banks and the mortgage industry that got us all in the
mess in the first place. In one word: GREED! But the guilty
parties get stimulus packages from our government, while
homeowners' financial problems are being ignored!
2010 legislative session (or even earlier!) we will be asking our
Florida legislators to enact the following changes to the laws
that govern properties in mandatory deed-restricted communities:
Banks And Mortgage Holders Liable For Unpaid Association Fees
Abusive Liens & Foreclosures In Associations
Renters Liable For Unpaid Association Fees
One Government Agency With Strict Enforcement Power For
Ombudsman Office For Homeowners’ Associations
Ombudsman Office More Power To Enforce Demands
Fair Elections In Associations
- Protect Owners Against The Consequences Of Bankrupt Developers
Costly Litigation -- Create Easy Arbitration Provision
Disclosure Provisions In FS 190 – Community Development
- Protect The Vested Rights of Florida’s Mandated Property Owners
complete bill proposals for legislation for all the above issues.
to forget two important issues that bankrupt Florida's homeowners
Florida, citizens are suffering from abuses because of LACK OF
ENFORCEMENT of existing laws. The Florida Statutes
specify certain rules, but enforcement
is totally lacking!
IS THE SCAM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
creating the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman in 2004, a very
successful step had been taken in the right direction.
Finally, condo-owners have a place to ask for help when
confronted with abusive situations within their associations.
Within a short period of time and with limited resources,
the Ombudsman Office has made a big impact on helping
’s condo-owners. But
it clearly showed as well that the Office of the Condominium
Ombudsman needs the necessary power to enforce its demands to come
to the table and to negotiate.
Currently, unwilling boards encouraged by their attorneys
just laugh at the Ombudsman, being told that the Ombudsman has
“no power” whatsoever.
has to change! We
already have a toothless tiger – the Department of Business and
Professional Regulation. Not
because of lack of power, but because the DBPR executives refuse
to enforce the statutes and refuse to go after the violators. In
fact, the DBPR actually protects the violators!
A PEACEFUL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION WITH HAPPY OWNERS?
Ultimate Nightmare For The Wallet Of Every Association Attorney!
looking forward to working with you on association reforms that
will improve the lives of millions of citizens living in mandated
properties in Florida.
In Associations Is The Goal
Please help us achieve our goals!
Your support is important
for many Florida citizens.
contact me by phone at (386) 740-1503 or by e-mail at [email protected]
I will gladly
answer all of your questions and furnish whatever information may
be helpful to you in understanding our issues.
Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.
Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHCGPB)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Owners Association in the Villages (POA)
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