Sold my condo. HOA added a "miscellaneous fee" charge that was unknown. Title company is holding in escrow.
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Agreed. Sometimes these condo assoc boards resemble a tiny dictatorship and they can get away with a lot until someone forces them to answer for their actions.
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I've never heard of a condo association adding a fee that they couldn't explain. Surely they can come up with a justification other than "we're allowed to add misc. fees, so that's what we did." You might end up in court with this, at which time they'll most likely have to come up with a reason for the charge. At the very least you may want to get an attorney to contact them and try to get to the bottom of why they're charging you. All of us here on Avvo have private practices, so you should be able to find someone.
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