I worked as a an assitant property manager for a building in downtown miami and also have faced this situation as an owner of some rental units. You are responsible for the maintanance of the unit even if the units are not bringing income to cover the expence. If you think that you paid some months and the checks were cashed you need to bring copies of the cancelled checks to the management compnay to see what months that you did pay. Also you may ask them to see if the management company can waive the late fees and interest that are on your acount. If you are in a position that you cant afford the mortgage and maintance you may want to consider to short sale your property. If you would like more information on short sales you can click on the link below to find out more. Also if you have any questions regarding your situation please feel freee to call me during the week.
After your initial year of waived fees, you are obligated to start paying- Yes, the association can place a lien on your unit and even attempt to foreclose. In the end- when you sell, those past due fees, maintenance and attorney fees will add up to a bundle and it will be more difficult to sell.
Anna is correct. You should contact a real estate attorney and take your condominium documents with you. Otherwise, the condo association may be able to place a lien on the property and foreclose on your units.
I would be happy to recommend my father's office - McCollum & Cloud - the number is 863-385-5188. He's been a practicing real estate attorney in the state of Florida for over 30 years.
Best of luck,