The biggest part of condominium budgets are utilities, insurance, and building up the reserve fund - things that don't just stop for a condo association. So regardless of the reason for vacating - whether there was damage to your unit from a flood upstairs, or whatever - your HOA dues are still due.
All the best,
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
Best of luck.
I am not an attorney but I believe the HOA has the power to take action against you. If you are walking way from the condo I believe the HOA can take suit against you until it legally transfered back to the bank or out of your name.
Unfortunately as long as you own the condo, whether you vacated or not, you're obligated to pay the dues. I don't know your particular situation of course or your HOA rules but you would have received a copy when you bought. Just be aware that most homeowners associations are very serious about dues. I've known many surprised people who were threatened with foreclosure when they were late, and they do have that right if they put a lien on your home. and they will! best to either pay it or if you really feel you have a case for not owing it for some reason, contact an attorney. I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "vacated" but if you've abandoned the property and letting it go to foreclosure, the HOA will likely be a lien. Of course your mortgage holder will probably in first position. I don't think they can come after you personally if it's foreclosed but again an attorney would be your best source for what your options are, and as a Realtor I can't give you legal advice.
best to you
Hi there Joe,
it is your responsibility to pay the Home Owner Association(HOA) dues as the part of the original Purchase Agreement. Vacancies are not the responsibility of the HOA. If you do not pay your HOA dues, they can force foreclosure upon you just as any lien holder can. Be careful.
I would suggest that you make payment arrangements to get current to remain in good standing.
Broker/ Owner of FREEMANFOXX REALTY