Can condo owners refuse to pay special assessment?


By Gary M. Singer - South Florida Sun Sentinel



A condo owner wonders if she can refuse to pay a special assessment for roof repairs. Not paying your regular or special assessments is a severe matter and quickly leads to losing your home. (Dreamstime/TNS)

A condo owner wonders if she can refuse to pay a special assessment for roof repairs. Not paying your regular or special assessments is a severe matter and quickly leads to losing your home. (Dreamstime/TNS)


Q: Our condo passed a significant special assessment to repair the roof. Many residents cannot afford to pay this. What would happen if a couple of dozen of us refused to pay? — Suzanne

A: Homeowners who live in a community association who do not pay their regular or special assessments can be sued by their association for a money judgment and can even have their home foreclosed, with the proceeds used to pay the debt.

The amount due can be quite a bit more than just the unpaid dues and will include attorney fees, court costs, interest, and administrative expenses. I have seen many cases in which the collection costs far outweigh the unpaid assessments.

Not paying your regular or special assessments is a severe matter and quickly leads to losing your home.

If you receive an invoice you disagree with, immediately contact your property manager to discuss the charge.

If it is not corrected in writing, you should pay the contested balance before continuing to fight the charge.

A condo owner wonders if she can refuse to pay a special assessment for roof repairs. Not paying your regular or special assessments is a severe matter and quickly leads to losing your home. (Dreamstime/TNS)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_BIZ-REAL-REALESTATE-QA-DMT-11-.jpgA condo owner wonders if she can refuse to pay a special assessment for roof repairs. Not paying your regular or special assessments is a severe matter and quickly leads to losing your home. (Dreamstime/TNS)

By Gary M. Singer

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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