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How to determine condo association fees for different size units?

Posted on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 @ 01:25 PM

I belong to a 12 unit town home association. All of the units are 1,495 square feet with the exception of one unit that used to be owned by the owner/builder. This unit is approximately 2,400 square feet according to the tax record. We each pay $ 217.00 per month for HOA dues. Our CC&R indicates that the maintenance of the buildings and common area are to be shared equally.

My question is this; does it seem fair for all of the smaller units to pay the same cost for maintenance as the one larger unit? Can you all please let me know how your association determines what a small unit and what a larger unit pays and how you go about determining this figure. Thank you for your help.



The answer is in your governing documents. If just one unit is larger you are being petty.

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:42 PM by Susana Murray

Currently I live in a 15 unit 1 building 1084 sq fot 2 b.r. and I am paying $152.00 per month. I started out at $113.00 5 years ago. Some of the others pay a different fee depending on what their fee was when they bought into the assoc. Our 3 b.r are $171.00 . They tell me it actually goes by the sq foot of your place. So if there is only 1 other unit bigger the the rest they should be paying more. To tell you the truth I think everyone should be paying the same amount set rate as they all walk on the same truff and park in the same lot etc. etc. etc. if you get my point. But that is not the way they claim it works. Hope this helped

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:44 PM by s

Check your bylaws, but generally it's done by percentage of ownership - really the only fair way to do it. If they own a larger percent of the building, they pay their assessment based on that.

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:16 PM by c

In most states that question is addressed in the Condominium Law. All that I have looked at specify % of ownership base on sqfet size of unuit-this also applies to parking spaces inside the building.

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:25 PM by Charles Adler

In Florida, I would recommend owners look to their condominium documents for the answer. As managers under Florida Law, we are required to prepare the budget, and calculate maintenance based upon each units' proportionate share in accordance with the condo docs. Regardless of whether the units are the same size or not. Additionally, the Florida Statutes require that any Declaration recorded after I believe 1994 either have the proportionate share based upon square footage of the unit / building square footage OR all equal...not a mix. 
Regardless the proportionate share is not something to be taken lightly, and in Florida at least cannot be modified without 100% unit owner vote, and all mortgage holder vote, and then an amendment must be recorded, etc.

posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:17 PM by Joyce Nord @ bestcondomanager.com

If your CC&Rs state that every owner pays equally, you have your answer. However, you should be able to amend your docs if you so desire. Keep in mind that there is no "fair" solution to all involved. The docs for my building, for example, require the water bill (we do not have individually metered units) to be allocated on the basis of square footage. That seems reasonable in theory, but the reality is that one 2 br unit is occupied by just one person and another is owned by a couple who live out of town while several 1 br units are occupied by couples and one couple has a baby. To complicate matter further, we have a common area laundry room where (obviously) much water is used. How do you measure which owners do the most laundry?

posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 5:26 AM by Larry Davis

I own land and a park model trailer in a condo resort park in Seneca, Il. There are 6 levels of association fees. all the lot sizes are the same at approx. 5000 sqft. the county taxes are the same for each lot at approx. $197.00. Our elcetric, water and sewers are included in the assessment. The 6 categories range from $674.00 to $1218.00. We can't get a answer why the difference except that that is what was setup over the years. There isn't any differene in the land or location. 
Is this right?

posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 8:55 AM by Jim Carollo

I live in a 55+ community where there are both single large ranchers and smaller carriage houses of various sq footage. (condos) I am trying to change the bylaw where we base our association fee on square footage. We each pay own utilities including water and heat. My problem is that we all pay the same assoc. fee. $297.00 monthly. It is sooo inequitable. I presented it to the board, wrote a formal letter and hit a brick wall. I need help to take the next step. 300 single homes and 100 carriage homes. Fair right!!??

posted @ Saturday, December 03, 2011 12:09 PM by carol

our 1970's condo docs specify a different fee for garden and town house units. The board has not been adhering to this formula for some years. The current difference is $5.00 per unit when it should be $15.00. Some board members do not want to change saying that because the formula has been ignored for some years, we can avoid it. True? 

posted @ Sunday, November 04, 2012 2:53 PM by Roland Stahl

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