Courtesy of The Forum
Published September 2,
a six-year battle to pass legislation proposing a $4 fee for homeowners'
associations, similar to the one condo boards currently pay, community
groups have set up online surveys to tabulate whether homeowners would be
willing to pay into a trust fund payment system similar to condos.
so, the feedback could pave the way for new legislation that would propose
a similar $4 fee for homeowners' associations.
condos, money comes from the $4 annual fee each unit owner pays the state
through his or her association. Depending on the feedback from the new
survey system, homeowners may do the same in the future.
Cyber Citizens for Justice, an Internet condo activist group, and
Community Advocacy Network will now have surveys that members of
homeowners' associations can participate in, of which the results will be
forwarded to state policymakers before the next session.
surveys allow association members to voice their concerns about whether
they are willing to pay the $4 per year per unit fee toward a fund that
would help regulate associations, possibly by adding homeowners'
associations to the current condo ombudsman office or by opening another
resource specifically for homeowners.
the fees will be used to have the [Department of Business and Professional
Regulation] oversee arbitrations pertaining to certain owner and board
disputes, educational material and perhaps an ombudsman," said Donna
Berger, managing partner for Katzman Garfinkel and executive director of
the Advocacy Network.
bill that created the condo trust fund was sponsored by Rep. Julio
Robaina, R- Miami. The trust fund helps pay for the condo ombudsman office
and was started so that condo owners rather than taxpayers would foot
the bill for condo services.
Cyber Citizens for Justice survey can be accessed online at www.ccfj.net.
To ensure no one votes more than once, it does not accept anonymous
Advocacy Network survey can be accessed online at www.canfl.com.
It officially closes Aug. 29.
Citizens for Justice founder Jan Bergemann said surveys need to be better
do we know that someone hasn't voted 10 times? If you have an opinion,
stand up for it," Bergemann said.
[Community Advocacy Network] members want [homeowners' association]
regulation and want to pay for it, then that will be on our legislative
agenda," Berger said.
of what advocacy groups want, the surveys will be available to allow
homeowners' association members to voice their opinion before the next
people pay $4 for the condo trust fund, and we want to have regulation for
associations] Bergemann said.