I agree with comments from GR, RCH JR, and Bill Bondar.
While $30,000 was a large, disputed debt, you paid it down to $16,000. As a HOA President, I find that as a sign of good faith that the remaining balance will be paid.
To settle the disputed amount will require litigation.
Failure to negotiate a payment plan is just a bad business decision by the Board but not much you can do about it.
If you feel you are being harassed, you need to obtain a cease-and-desist letter and deliver to HOA President or their representative. Some of what you described could be considered an attempt to do bodily harm consequently you may want to engage local law enforcement as well.
I am sorry, but I don't understand this post at all.
First of all....how is a church part of a condominium association? I thought only homes were, but maybe I am misinformed.
Or is it your home is part of a condo, and you are mentioning you are church-going folk to try to get sympathy?
Or are you using your condo for a church?
I don't understand how a condo can be a church. I mean, in our Master Deed it specifically says no unit my be used for business function. And a church is a business.
"We fell behind on our fees" I'd say! $30,000 sounds like you are behind for about 5 years or so!!! How much are your monthly maintenance dues?
I also don't understand how you owed $30,000, paid $14,000....which brings you down to $16,000...but then you repeat that you still owe $30,000? HUH? NO. You owe $16,000. Why did you say you owe $30,000 at the end of your paragraph? Very confusing!
You say "when we found out about the debt". How did you not know? Did you think you could live/operate there for free? This is pretty alarming that you did not know you owed $30,000!!!!!!
I think this is NOT a condo, and you are posting on the wrong board. I think your church owes a landlord RENT. First things first, you need to understand what is going on. You can not move forward until you are clear about what you are involved in. Condo maintenance fees are not property rent. Two different things.
I find it EXTREMELY alarming that your Condo Home Owner Association, if that is truly what you mean, allowed you to get to $30,000 in delinquent dues. EXTREMELY. With us, the first month a unit is delinquent, they get a warning and a late fee. Second month, another warning, another late fee. After that, we put a lien on the home. After 5,000, we sue them in court, and get the money from a judgement. It is the responsibility of the Condo Board of Directors to make sure all units pay on time, and to follow up aggressively to collect on outstanding debts.
I always point this out---
Please read this and try to understand this one point.
I am truly sorry you have no money. I really am. I am truly sorry you are hit hard time. I really am. Honestly. I have been there myself. You can not afford to live there. You must move and find something you can afford.
If you are not paying your maintenance dues, the rest of the community in your condo association is paying your share. It costs money to maintain and operate a condo association. They need to pay a management company's fees, an auditor, lawyer, snow removal, maintenance, cleaning, landscaper, possible taxes, utilities, repairs, etc etc etc. None of this is cheap.
Whereas I feel really bad for the lady in our association who is financially unable to pay, the way I look at it....
I can not in good conscience ask all the other families to pay her way. The single mom with cancer, the guy with multiple scelerosis, the lady whose husband just passed away, the three unemployed guys with families...everyone in our association has a story. If they are all able to somehow, somehow, somehow pay their dues....it is not fair to have to assess them a special assessment, or raise their dues because one member is not. So whereas I honestly feel bad for your situation, I think you are being SELFISH for only worrying about yourself and not worrying about the others in your condo association who are also struggling through rough times as well, and paying your way.
Get your facts straight first.
Do you owe Condo dues or rent?
Exactly how much do you owe? $30,000 or $16,000?
Then make a payment plan to pay your bills.
Then, find another place to live that you can afford.
Buy a Dave Ramsey book and work on improving your situation. It can be done.