2018 Association Dues $45
Payments are due by May 1, 2018



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Huntington Hills Civic Association
P.O. Box 458
Pickerington, Ohio 43147

 

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A primary responsibility of every homeowner within a community association is to timely and fully pay the maintenance and reserve assessments. Every association is a not-for-profit corporation dependent upon payments for smooth operation. If only one owner fails to pay a thousand dollars worth of fees, then the association is forced to cut back on a thousand dollars worth of services such as painting or landscaping.

Prior to owning a home, many of us were renters and became familiar with Ohio landlord/tenant law. As tenants, if a basic service was not being provided by the landlord, we could “escrow” our rental payments. Ohio condominium and homeowner association laws are very different from Ohio landlord/tenant law. In associations, there is no “escrowing” of payments permitted and even if you are dissatisfied with association services, payment in full must be made. Ohio Revised Code Section 5311.18(B)(6) specifically states that:

In any foreclosure action, it is not a defense, set off, counterclaim, or crossclaim that the unit owners association has failed to provide the unit owner with any service, goods, work, or material, or failed in any other duty.

Some owners are under the mistaken belief that since they do not use all the facilities, they do not have to pay all of their assessment. This belief is also wrong. Even if you do not use the park, green space, or playground equipment, you still have the legal obligation to pay for these “community” facilities.

Finally, association maintenance and reserve assessments must be paid regardless of whether you receive a billing invoice or not. The association is legally required to inform all owners once a year of the amount the owner must pay and the due dates. The association has no legal obligation to send billing statements. Some associations will in fact bill monthly. Other associations use coupon books and others send no statements whatsoever. The obligation of the owner to pay exists regardless of receipt of a bill. The Board has been actively collecting past dues and has received a judgment in favor of the Association in every case that has gone to court. In addition to late fees, the resident is responsible for all costs associated with collecting monies owed.

“Maintenance free” living within a community association is not “free” living.

— By David W. Kaman, Esq., from the law firm of Kaman & Cusimano, which represents the Huntington Hills Civic Association.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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