Asked by Natalie, Chicago, IL • Tue Mar 5, 2013
I'm a property investor in Australia and I bought a house in Phoenix, Arizona.
I had it rented out for one year through a property manager.
After one year I decided to change management companies. When the new property manager contacted the HOA to update the new management details, we discovered over $1000 in HOA fines accrued on the property.
These were relating to tenants violations like leaving the trash bin in view, having brown grass in the front yard etc.
Upon further inquiry it was revealed the HOA had been sending the warning/violation notices to a non-existent address in Australia.
The address they had on file for me was similar to my actual address but was incorrect. Hence I never received any of these letters over the one year period. The HOA said they had obtained the address on file from the Title Agency at closing.
I inquired as to why they never sent any warning letters to the actual house itself, to the tenants who were responsible for the violations and they responded
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