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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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.