Condo fee scam or mistake?

Posted on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

Tags: Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

When I pay my condo fees, the condo holds my check so I have late fees.  They then have the lawyer call and charges $110 and the condo fees keep adding up. When I pay extra they do not add it to the late fees.

Condo association collects fees but does nothing for owners

Posted on Sat, Apr 11, 2015 @ 06:38 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

Is this possible and is this common? I'm in a condo in Michigan.  I get the attitude in my condo association of: pay the monthly condo fee and we will do as little as possible.  If you want to have your lawn fertilized, you have to buy the fertilizer. If the item you buy is what we approve of, then you give us the receipt and you can take it off your monthly fee. The association (and management company) won't do anything, but take your money! Is this common with other condo associations?

Father-in-law stuck with condo fees from kids broken marriage

Posted on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Tags: Illinois, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

My son and his wife lived in a condo that I own. Last year, they had marital issues and he moved out. She stayed, refused to pay me anything, did not pay the association fees and trashed the place. I had no choice but to pay my mortgage payment, but I did not pay the association fees. So, they ended up evicting her. Now, they are asking me for eleven thousand dollars in association fees, attorney fees, and citations for her trashing the place and not completing various forms that they asked for. On top of the fact that I have received no rent for a year and paid the mortgage out of my pocket, they are asking for this outrageous amount of money. They are claiming that they paid about five thousand dollars in attorney fees, and the missed association fees are about thirty five hundred. Why should I pay all that money. Please help me. What can I do without spending more money for attorney fees.

Unit owner would rather pay property taxes than HOA fees

Posted on Sat, Mar 28, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

Tags: Taxes, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

We have two delinquent units in our association of 22 units. I contacted the municipality to find that the taxes have been paid by a "servicing company".  I contacted the company only to be told that they cannot provide/confirm/deny who is making the tax payments. The association is not receiving the HOA fees on these units.  How is it that whoever is paying the taxes does not have to pay the HOA fees, and can pretty much stay hidden from anyone inquiring about them? The board needs those fees even if the owner of record is not living there or renting it out.

Can condo association maintenance fees be put into escrow?

Posted on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 07:20 AM

Tags: Property Damage & Repairs, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

Can our condo maintenance fees be put in an escrow account until the Condo Association fixes the flooding problem in our condo. We have been flooded out four times since 1998, most recently February 2015. Nothing is being done to get to bottom of flooding issue. Are we in our legal right to put monies in escrow account under Association's Name until this matter is addressed

Maine Condo Association not providing year-round maintenance as is stated in their Bylaws

Posted on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections, Maine


I recently purchased a condo unit in a small Maine Condo Association. Our monthly Condo Association fees cover water, maintenance of common elements, snow removal, and is year-round as stated in our Bylaws.

I like to use my place during the off-season, but have had to vacate it several times due to lack of plumbing, which is the issue I am currently facing.  The Board told me that a plumber would be sent out to fix suspected frozen pipes, but nothing has been done for several days.

Additionally, I am dissatisfied with snow removal and maintenance efforts put forth during the off-season, but have not had any luck discussing this with the rest of the Association as most use it as a seasonal place and feel it is not a big deal.  There are also discussions around taking a vote to make the Condo Association seasonal, ignoring the poor maintenance and instead focusing on the fact that many only want it as a seasonal complex.

I purchased my condo unit under the impression that the Condo association was year-round. Shouldn’t I be able to reside in my condo unit and use the water? What recourse do I have?

Illinois Condo Association owner abandons unit and leaves behind unpaid dues

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Illinois, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections


A condo unit owner in my Illinois Condo Association recently disappeared.  It was later found out that he had purchased another house, and did not notify the Association of his move.

A court record revealed that his unit had foreclosed, though he stayed long after and continued to pay dues. He has also left the property in dismay, as well as left behind an inoperable and unregistered vehicle in the garage.

Can the Condo Association legally turn off water to his unit, have his car towed, and make adjustments to the unit to appear that it is not vacant?

Does the bank owe the Condo Association for unpaid fees? If not the bank, then who?

Washington Condo Association requiring improvement without assessment

Posted on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Property Damage & Repairs, Board of Directors, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections, Washington

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I am a member of a Washington Condo Association.  Our Board of Directors is requiring all units to install new heating units without an assessment, which is very expensive.

The Board is also saying that, if the deposit is not paid to the service company performing the work, they will include the assessment in our dues.

Can they require us to change our heaters without an assessment, and assess our unit if we don’t pay?

New Jersey Condo Association having trouble getting assessment fee

Posted on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo & HOA Assessments, Parking Issues, Board of Directors, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, New Jersey, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

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I am on the Board of my New Jersey Condo Association. We have a condo owner who is refusing to pay a $400 snow assessment fee from 2010. Long story short, we have placed a lien on their property, as their total is now up to $2,700 after four years of fines and lawyer fees.

I’m told that all we can do at this point is tow their car from the property or go to court for a judgment. I’m also told that the court will likely throw out most of the fees, so the only leverage we have left to get our money is to tow the car.

The property management company is stonewalling this. The Board has told the condo owner to forget the $2,700 and simply pay the original $400 assessment fee, or their car will be towed. The resident has responded that they will sue the Condo Association if the car is towed.

The last thing our Condo Association needs is an additional lawyer fee…we just want our money! Are there any recommendations on how to proceed at this point?

Bank awaiting sale of foreclosed condo unit until market rebounds

Posted on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Florida, Condo Association Management, Board of Directors, Condo & HOA Law, CCR, Bylaws & Rules, Disabilities & Owner Rights, Fees, Foreclosures, Delinquencies & Collections

Foreclosed condo unit in Florida HOA being held by bank until market recovers 011615  resized 600

My Florida HOA, Property Management Company, and attorney had foreclosed on a condo unit. They have released the bank of any responsibility, and the previous owner still owes the bank. The bank has been waiting to sell the condo unit until the market gets better, and have been refusing all offers.

Can our HOA get out of this in any way, other than renting the condo unit?