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Does the Massachusetts Homestead Act protect elderly condo owners from having liens placed on their property or having a foreclosure initiated from unpaid condo association fees. It looks like most liens and mortgage products are exempt from protection, but this is a new wrinkle I am dealing with?
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Can the condo association put a lien on my condo unit for non-payment of an additional set of special assessment fees? I make my monthly condo fee and one set of special assessment fees payments on time. I just cannot afford to pay for another set of assessment fees. Help!
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My mother who is 83, can no longer live in her condo and it is now for sale. In April, 2010, my mother was notified that she owed $300. The management company refused to give specific info on what it was for. On closing day, the management company informed all that there was a lien on the property and that she owed over $4000. Proof of payment was provided and after one week the management company has not responded. If this is not resolved, she will have to go into foreclosure and having to continue to pay condo fees will drain her resources. Any suggestion?
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Can a condo board or management company put a lien on a condo if the items the lien is for are not common assessments? This happened to me because I refused to pay for the items I was forced to replace because the replacements were not the ones promised but ones worth less than 1/4 the price and the cheaper items were damaged during installation because the installer had to alter them to fit since they were the wrong size. All common elements are paid for out of our maintenance fees and I am the only person who has this lien on my condo which says the lien is for a common assessment when in fact the lien is for non-common elements which are different than those I was to receive as proven by the serial numbers on the items installed. Does anyone know if a lien can be made up for uncommon elements since I never thought this could happen and never thought the board would not replace them with the proper ones promised but they did not and then put the lien on my condo. Any advise would be appreciated as I was amazed to see that the condo attorney called the items the lien is for common assessments which I always paid my maintenance fees and common assessments but I refused to pay for items I never received and I never received the items promised but cheaper ones that were made defective during installation.
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Can a condo association put a lien on my unit for not having to pay for another set of special assessment fee that they said that we have to pay? I do make my monthly condo fee and one set of special assessment on time. I just cannot afford to pay for another set of assesment. Help!
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A question that might be of general interest to many condominium unit owners arose during a March 2013 post: Can a lien be put on your property in secret? Can a lien be put on your property without documented notification; which might be 1) being served with a summons to court 2) receiving a certified letter or some other form of communication requiring official receipt. Under the law and under normal practice can an entity put a lien on your condominium unit without telling you? Opinions and comments on past experience would be interesting to this forum.
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My condo association placed a lien on my home without and notice in writing and they were not correct in the amount of the lien. Would this make it an illegal lien? I since have paid my balance in full. Also, the lawyers that they are using are charging more money for some people and less for others. Some people who have a $500 lien are being charged $1100 in fees and others have over $4000 are being charged $1500 and as low as $900. What gets me more mad is the community right next to us doesn't use lawyers to file liens and others use lawyers that only charge $150. Do I have a case to get out of the lien and have it removed and what is, if any, your take on the money charge by the law offices? Shouldn't the charges all be the same regardless of what the total amount of the lien is?
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