we bought a house 5 years ago. We know we have to pay association fees, and we talked to neighbors to ask who should we pay to. They give us a mail address and phone number. We called and wrote a letter to the address, but no one ever answered.Now, the next door neighbor became the new director(not elected by home owners but pass on by previous director). The new director is telling us, we own HOA a large amount of money because we never pay the fees. The old director never done anything for the community (gardener, gate, or light maintenance) , and we can never find her. We did not feel reasonable to send a check to a person that we never meet. The new HOA director is telling us if we don't catch up, they can put a lien on our house. Is this legal? Can we fight back in this situation?
Have an attorney review your HOA articles of incorporation and by-laws.
Family Law Attorney
You definitely need this cleared up before they lien your property. I would consult an HOA attorney as soon as possible.
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I agree you need to get this matter cleared up. The first place to start is to review the CC&Rs, etc., that were given to you when you purchased the house. A director must be elected, not appointed by the previous director. I strongly suggest a sit down with an attorney. Good luck.
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Construction / Development Lawyer
It seems that you are admitting that you did not pay your HOA dues. If that is the case, then yes, you owe the money and the HOA can put a lien on your house. You might have some defenses, but generally speaking, if you did not pay, then you are at risk.