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Bits and Pieces (Mostly Ranting)

July 26th, 2013 at 11:07 am

I added $3.41 to the coin jar.

I paid the dues for the HoA at the old house. I read the enclosed letter and am mightily irked. Because so many people are letting their homes go into foreclosure, they are charging a $299 transfer fee. This really makes me furious with them. I have always paid my dues on time, I have always abided by all of their stupid rules, and when I sell my house I am going to have to pay them $299. It feels punitive and should not be put onto the folks who don't walk away. Also, if people are in foreclosure, it's not like they will have $299 to hand over to the HoA.

It certainly isn't in the CC&R's I signed. Of course the CC&R's I signed were for free use of the golf course, which they sold to a developer a few years later without input from the homeowners, free use of the swimming pool, which they charged special dues for to repair, and then the next year filled in with concrete so no more pool. They are supposed to maintain the greenways, but never did. Certainly not the one next to my house that I mowed weedeated for years every time it got 18 inches tall. They have $85,000 in the road repair fund (again raised with special dues), but almost never fix the potholes. They are whining about the clubhouse roof again, even though it was roofed five years ago, again with special dues.

I think I will send a "demand" letter when we sell asking them to waive the fee because of their failure to do anything out there and it generally being a sucky move on their part for all the reasons given above. Only in grown up speak. Also, it wasn't voted on. And if I have to pay it to avoid a lien then I am seriously considering trying to recoup it in small claims court. I don't think they can enforce something that wasn't in the contract I signed. They haven't put forth new contracts in 15 years. But who knows?

I darn well will never, ever buy a home with an HoA again.

5 Responses to “Bits and Pieces (Mostly Ranting)”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I would also be upset at a transfer fee and I think you make valid points. I hope it can be waived.

  2. IndianGal Says:

    I hope they will waive your fee. It is so annoying when fees you don't expect - especially unreasonable ones are tacked on without your knowledge. If they don't, I think you still have a pretty good chance of getting the fees back if you take them to small claims court. Good luck.

  3. rachel021406 Says:

    How annoying. I think you have a valid argument.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I think you have some very valid points. Talk about unfair!

  5. baselle Says:

    That is annoying! I wonder about my own condo fees, which I'm caught up on. That was the downside of condo life. Yuck with paying due to developers poor planning and not even being able to use the incidentals which were sold, modified, or not maintained.

    My COA fees cover the building, insurance, sewer/water, and to generate reserves. Nothing fancy, but tight.

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