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Lin Yao, Home Buyer in Flower Mound, TZ 75028

My HOA asked 3000 plus for trash can validation fee, should I pay them?

Asked by Lin Yao, Flower Mound, TZ 75028 Wed Dec 10, 2008

I put my trash can in my drive way for more than one day. It is volidated HOA rule. My HOA send me a bill for whole changes is 3000 dollars.

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Communication is the best policy.

Talk to the person who sent the letter to find out how much the fine actually is, why it was assessed and whether you can appeal.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 12, 2009
I am sure that there is some kind of misunderstanding. As ridiculous some HOAs rules can be, this one just has to be a confusion. Have someone review the notice you received.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 10, 2008
I agree with all other agents who answered your question. We live and die by the computers could be an error. HOA may have to follow city ordinance if trash cans sit out longer than day of pick up. HOA could be fined by the city. I live in Coppell with no HOA however city does have strict codes here. Call follow up with HOA
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 10, 2008
This is probably a mistake. Call them and check it out. Probably more like $30.00 than $3000. I think they forgot to print the decimal.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Are you sure it wasn't a warning announcing the maximum fine for a violation. This amount is unrealistic and the rule may be considered excessive by most.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 10, 2008
Wow! That is a steep fine for leaving your trash can out for one day.

Step one is to review you HOA documents regarding violations and fines. First, are they allowed to levy fines? In Florida it has to be specifically stated that the HOA is allowed to fine for a violation. What is the process? Do they need to send a warning letter first or can they fine on first offense.

The next step is to go to an HOA board meeting. As a board member of my HOA I can tell you that we have discretion when it comes to violations. Maybe if you plead your case to the board they may release you from the fine.

What happens if you don't pay? Well, again it depends on what is stated in the HOA documents. Most HOAs can actually foreclose on a home for unpaid fines or dues. It is a long process for the HOA and in most cases not financially advisable for the HOA to become the owner of a property.

Good luck Lin. I hope it works out for you.

Trey Miller
Prudential Tropical Realty
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