Condo Law/HOA Late Fees

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Hello, I live in los angeles California and at the beginning of this year (January 2014)my condo management company sent me a letter stating that I owe $440.00 in late fees and I have 7 days to pay it or they will send me to collections. My question is; does this company have to send me a notice of the debt when it is incurred or can they just send a letter as they did demanding payment in full within 7 days with out otherwise notifying me that I've been charged late fees? Thank you for your time and information.

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I can only talk about the state of Florida. Here is Florida when someone is late they send the person a note after being late two weeks.  Besides being late they add a late fee which by law here can only be as high as $25. Now as far as CA law it stands to reason and l can't imagine CA law being that much different.  When your late they have to tell you at the time you are late. What l suggest since you did not say anything about the note you received in detail.  The HOA had to tell you which months you were late.  Just a note without documentation is BS. Most places use an attorney office to collect past dues.  Funny thing here which is really out of line.  Is that your HOA waited this long to tell you about being late. If the HOA uses a management company to run the community you need to start off there first.  But in they end just because a place tells you that YOU OWE back dues I would question everything they say.  I will let you in on a small secret. Be it a Condo asso or a HOA. the boards of these assoc know that the people who own a home there know nothing about the states rules or even the asso rules.  So what they do is bluff everyone or scare people into controlling what they want you to do.  If you read your assoc rules and regulations l would bet you would know more than most board members.  Sorry that is the best l can help you out with.  QUESTION EVERYTHING AND ASK FOR PROOF

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STUART FISHER

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I can answer most condo questions when it comes to Documents and Amendments in the state of Florida. Most other states seem to have similar condo regulations. I am not a condo lawyer so when it comes to things out of my expertise l will not be able to address them. Since l have experienced most issues a condo board could experience l will be able to answer all questions.

Experience

I have been the President of my 55 and over Condo Association now for over 8 years. I have been on my board as VP for 4 years before that. I have experience with taking condo owners to court and what to or not to do. I have experience when condo owners do not pay their fees or late with their fees. There are far too many things that can do wrong for me to list them here that l have had experience with. I also sit on my Master Association Board where over 12,000 people live. So you see l have many years of experience that l may be able to handle. I also retired after working over 35 years in a Retail Middle Management position not only in store level but also in the main office of many major retail chain stores

Organizations
I belong to a major condo association that is consistently keeping board members aware of any changes in Condo law.

Publications
Sun Sentinel Newspaper

Education/Credentials
I hold a BA in Business Management and a ASSO Degree in Communication

Awards and Honors
I have been the subject of many articles written by our newspaper about condo subjects which included the issues with following condo procedures, how to solve condo disputes and how when is the right time to take action. I have been asked to be a guest speaker as part of a 5 member panel (Whom the other 4 members were all lawyers) in front of a large group of people sponsored by our newspaper at a major college. The subject at this meeting was on problems condos face and how to handle these problems. Following procedures and creating procedures that make sense.

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