Re: Lien on unit in arrears on HOA dues?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 23:17:42 -0700 (PDT)

On Oct 23, 2009, at 5:48 PM, Fred H Olson wrote:

As the treasurer I feel I should probably take some steps to protect the
HOA, such as putting a lien on the property, but I am unclear as to
whether the lien can just sit there guaranteeing that the HOA would be
paid in case the property is sold or foreclosed, but otherwise not forcing
any action. That would be what we would prefer at this point.  I'm not
even sure who to ask this question of, so I'm starting here.

A lawyer who specializes in "common interest" law. We have one on retainer. She is very non-confrontational so don't be afraid of contacting a lawyer because they will cause a big storm or tell you not to talk to your neighbors.

I suspect they will just file the papers, or tell you how to do it yourself so the HOA is protected. In the states I've had experience with, the lien must be filed (not assumed) and has to be cleared before the house can be sold.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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