I concur with others.Usually assessments due before closing are obligations of the seller while assessments due after closing are generally but not always expected to be paid by the new owner. An HOA can and does file a lien for the unpaid dues so you may want to look into it.
You may be able to negotiate it in the sale price but make sure you get it in writing.
~ Lana Robbins
It all depends on what your contract says. Your Realtor should be able to help you with this.
Also just so you know... the asking price on the Short Sale may be substantially less than the lender will ever accept. The lender will hire a Realtor (or two) to give a Broker Price Opinion of value. If your contract is significantly less than what similar condos have sold for in the past 90 days, the lender will give you a counteroffer at the higher price. You may find the best values are already "bank owned" since the asking price is a true acceptable price. Bank owned properties go VERY quickly so you need an active realtor that will get you out to see the property within a day or two of listing.
Hope this helps.
All my best,
Alma Rose Kee, P.A.
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
Prudential Tropical Realty