Can condo owners refuse to pay a special assessment?

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Q: Our condo has passed a major special appraisal to repair the roof. Many residents cannot afford this. What if a few dozen of us refuse to pay? – Suzanne

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

The amount owed may be a little more than the unpaid dues and will include attorney fees, court costs, interest and administrative costs. I have seen many cases in which the collection costs far exceed the unpaid dues.

Not paying your regular or special contributions is a serious problem and quickly leads to the loss of your home.

If you receive an invoice that you do not agree with, immediately contact your property manager to discuss the charges.

If it is not corrected in writing, you must pay the disputed balance before continuing to dispute the charge.

A co-owner wonders if she can refuse to pay a special assessment for roof repairs. Not paying your regular or special contributions is a serious problem and quickly leads to the loss of your home. (Dream time / TNS)

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