Category Archives: Condo Collapse

Julio Robaina

Julio Robaina

A common occurrence for newly elected legislators is requesting help from their constituents who are homeowners in mandatory membership Homeowner associations. The stories they hear seem unreal and they have no idea where or how to start or even whether any of it is true. Several years ago one such legislator, Representative JULIO Robaina of FLORIDA set up meetings across Florida, went around the state, and met with the owners to find out what the problems were. The stories he heard repeatedly were the same stories I heard from people around the country. He would then join us On The Commons and tell us about the abuses that were going on. With first-hand information about the issues and ideas from the owners themselves, he sponsored the legislation, which some passed only to be canceled later on but, not all of it. And here we are, years later, the same stories, and abuses continue. At the request of the current legislators, Julio helped draft legislation for this year that was completely ignored by the sitting legislators. This year the focus was on the Surfside condo collapse and how to prevent it from happening again. So once again, nothing will happen.

there will be no real relief for the owners and the people who benefit from this dysfunctional housing concept continue to gain, with no oversight from the government that allows it to continue.

Julio Robaina joins us On the Commons. Please tune in to learn how He is keeping his promise to protect the homeowners.

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Surfside condominium collapse photo from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue 1.jpg. This work was created by a government unit of the U.S. state of Florida. It is a public record that was not created by an agency which state law has allowed to claim copyright and is therefore in the public domain in the United States.

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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann

The world watched in horror on on June 24, 2021 as the Surfside condominium tower collapsed as an estimated 1000 men, women and children lost their lives. The world is still trying to come to terms with exactly what happened and what led to the tragedy.  There have been many theories as the what caused the collapse.  There  is evidence that the condo neglected to perform the necessary repairs and to keep the building in good repair.  It is also alleged that the condo was underfunded.  In an effort to prevent a repeat of such a tragedy, legislators, advocates and others with an interest in ensuring that this does not happen again, Several pieces of legislation was written and presented for consideration.  Sadly, despite all the work and the obvious need for some remedies NOTHING was done by the legislators in this session.  Floridians got back with no additional protections thanks.

Jan Bergemann, founder of the very active Florida based Cyber Citizens for Justice joins us On The Commons and explains exactly what happened.  I hope the world is still listening because our legislators really do need to step up and make sure their citizens are protected.  Please tune in.  We will be following this story.

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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, or so the saying goes.   When over half of all marriages end in divorce, and the two people in that relationship choose each other and opted to live together what makes anyone think any plan that puts a group of strangers together and expects them to live harmoniously will work flawlessly?  Not surprisingly, it really doesn’t.  The whole concept of mandatory membership homeowners associations is flawed yet we still try to fit all the pieces together and make it all work.  It just doesn’t work.  I have news for you, I don’t think it ever will.

The real reason HOAs were conceived, was to provide local municipal governments with free tax dollars.    And as free tax dollars to the local government, it works brilliantly.  All homeowners pay property taxes to the local municipality.  Those tax dollars were initially intended to cover the cost of street lights, trash removal, street maintenance, and snow removal where needed, however, where there are associations of any kind, the owners pay an additional fee to the association to cover the cost of these services so the owners are double taxed.  The municipality just gets richer, the homeowners foot the bill.   and apparently peace and quiet and pure joy are still a fantasy.

Jan Bergeman, President, and founder of the Florida-based CyberCitizens for Justice, a frequent guest, a staunch and active advocate for owners, joins us On The Commons.  Jan brings us up to date on the latest news of the tragic condo collapse.  We will learn about new regulations that would ensure there will be no repeat performances.  And for those of you asking about an ombudsman, the idea is not off the table and we will hopefully learn more in a follow-up show as well.  But don’t miss this show, there is a lot of good information here.  Thanks for tuning in.

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