Re: HOA fees
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 10:17:02 -0800 (PST)
Hi again, Susan —

If your reserves are not funded properly … I would be extremely concerned about 
this.  I’m also wondering what basic services the community wants to cut back?  
If you have not seen HoA dues rise in the last few years what are you not 
funding already?  If not else the cost of maintenance almost always increases.

One of the things I find difficult about condo/coop HoA dues is that it is 
always based almost solely on driving down the dues.  Keeping costs contained 
is important … except it’s often about eliminating pennies from various line 
items in the budget.  What this mindset does is preclude any capital 
expenditures to UPGRADE the community.  Maintenance and replacement is handled 
by your reserves but if they are not funded properly how does work get done?  
Does the fabric of the community (bricks and mortar) decline while waiting for 
the reserves to be funded? 

Susan it does seem as if there are some other issues in the community that is 
driving this issue.  You can certainly follow Sharon’s advice about getting 
very clear on what your condo association offers the members in return for 
their dues.  But there is also the issue of the LONG TERM health and welfare of 
the community.  You save NOW to avoid huge payments in the future.  Like Sharon 
said — if you have not raised your dues in some years but the cost of living 
has gone up and you’re not covering that cost … how is that sustainable?  

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

They say the universe is expanding. That should help with the traffic. Steven 

> On Dec 6, 2018, at 9:53 AM, Susan Rohrbach <sujaro539 [at]> wrote:
> There is a movement afoot not to raise HOA fees and to cut back on basic 
> services in order to achieve this goal. We are listed as a condo assn for 
> legal purposes. Many people here think the fees are too high despite the fact 
> that there were no increases for many years. Our reserves are not where they 
> should be and increases are meeting resistance. I thought having some idea of 
> what other places charge would bring some useful comparisons. I realize that 
> housing costs and taxes make a difference which is why I asked for some idea 
> of that range as well. Any info you can provide would be appreciated
> Susan
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
> <>
> On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 6:52 AM, Ann Zabaldo
> <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
> Hello Susan –
> Are you a condominium or co-op?  If so, HOA fees are based on your expenses 
> for running the common areas of your community.  That total is then divided 
> among the homeowners based on some algorithm which is usually square footage 
> of each unit or it can be some combination of square footage and equal 
> shares. So getting range of dues from other Cohousing communities is not 
> really going To reflect your particular community. Some will be more rules 
> some will be more urban some will have a higher tax basis utilities will be 
> higher or lower.
> I’m interested in what is prompting this question. Sonora has been around for 
> a very long time so I’m sure that you have some method of collecting dues to 
> support your community.  Strikes me that there must be some other Information 
> here prompting your question. Can you share that?  Knowing what this is will 
> help people on this list address your needs more directly. 
> Ann Zabaldo
> Takomavillage
> Washington DC
> Sent from my iPhone
> All tiipos ... curtesy of Siri  :-)
> > On Dec 5, 2018, at 12:23 PM, Susan Rohrbach via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> > [at] <mailto:cohousing-l [at]>> wrote:
> > 
> > Hi
> > It is budget discussion time in our community and I would like to get some 
> > idea of range of HOA fees charged in other cohousing. It would also be 
> > helpful if there were some range of housing prices included for comparison 
> > to ours. Thanks in advance for any help you can give
> > Susan RohrbachSonora Cohousing
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