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A Guide To Condo Owners’ Assessments And Collection Policies

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2023 | Real Estate Law

Moving into your dream condominium can get you all excited to enjoy all the perks it has to offer. However, receiving a letter from the homeowners association (HOA) mentioning assessments and fee collections may not be very welcoming. The jargon-filled letter may leave you wondering what it all means for you.

Do not worry. These fees pool together to cover common expenses like lawn care, repairs and shared amenities that make your neighborhood a fantastic place to live. Think of it as a collective effort to keep your community thriving.

Setting assessments: The nuts and bolts

Ever wondered how the HOA decides on those assessments? It happens during board meetings, where they map out the community’s budget needs for the year. But do not forget that your voice matters too. So, do not hesitate to attend these meetings and share your insights.

Late fees and collection policies

Life can get hectic, and you might miss an assessment payment or two. However, HOAs rely on these funds to maintain the neighborhood’s beauty and functionality. To encourage timely payments, they may impose late fees and interest as the law allows.

If you are struggling, reach out to your HOA to work out a solution. Remember that open communication is key avoid any misunderstanding within your community. Ignoring overdue assessments is like ignoring that leaky faucet – it only gets worse! When a homeowner becomes delinquent, the HOA must take legal steps. They will send a notice detailing the outstanding balance and the consequences of continued nonpayment.

Property liens and foreclosure – The last resort

If delinquencies persist, the HOA may place a lien on your property. It is a legal claim giving them the right to collect unpaid assessments from the proceeds if you decide to sell or refinance. But do not worry, this is usually a last resort. HOAs prefer working with you to find a solution rather than foreclosure.

Understanding assessments, fee collections and handling delinquencies isn’t rocket science. It is about being an active and responsible member of your community. That way, you will contribute to a harmonious neighborhood where everyone thrives together.