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Condo Association Fees

By Terry Savage on June 27, 2020 | Housing / Real Estate

Hi Terry,

I reached out to my condo association for any deferment assistance that they could provide at the very beginning of our pandemic shut down and they provided none. Instead they are increasing fees and asking for a special assessment. Shouldn’t associations be included in the mortgage and rent relief plans? And if they are, what actions can I take against the association to have a temporary decrease in my association fees due to financial hardship?


Terry Says

This is a sad situation, and I would hope your condo board would be more accommodating, given what’s going on in the world. BUT, there is no legal requirement that they do so. If you fall behind, they can take you to court, with the potential ultimate remedy of eviction. But that is a long process — and hopefully you will be able to catch up before then.
I suggest that you attend the next board meeting, asking in advance for a slot on the agenda to plead your case. Then they will have to publicly document their actions– since under law all condo meetings must be open to the owners.

Perhaps you could ask a neighbor and fellow-owner to speak in your support. Hope that works, and hope you’re back at work soon. And you may ask other neighbors to protest the special assessment at this point. Surely, it can’t be easy on anyone these days.

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