A condo that will remain anonymous has a unique problem that may not at first glance seem like a dilemma but let me assure it is. They have over three hundred and fifty thousand dollars in the bank. The bad news is that money is in an escrow account from renters in case their tenancy results in damages or fines. That’s a one thousand dollar deposit for each and every renter. It is interesting to note that the building only has three hundred units and let’s say it has 70% renters (210 apartments) as occupants. That means there is at least one hundred and forty thousand dollars that should have been refunded to the renters (minus damages) but never were, and are sitting in the association’s bank account.
Archive for June, 2015
In a decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Of the State Of Florida Homeowner Associations have been handed another setback regarding HOA collections of past due maintenance fees. On May 27, 2015 the court rendered a decision in the Appeal in Pudlit 2 Joint Venture, LLP v. Westwood Gardens HOA, Inc., Case No. 4D14-1385 that declares that if a delinquent unit is purchased by a subsequent purchaser and the association has this specific language in its governing documents (“the personal obligation for delinquent assessments shall not pass to his successors in title unless expressly assumed by them”), then the new owner is NOT jointly and severally liable to pay the accrued delinquent fees.