We live in a private lake community. Every year we pay home owner's
share of lake use and maintenance. Annual invoice comes in March or so
due date being end of April.
I just got a bill for original fee plus interests. This year I did not
receive invoice as usual or any reminder notice. Just this bill. I am
wondering if I must pay the interest( ~40.00). Any one has experience
like this? Not a large amount of money but some how I don't feel it is fair.
How many other homeowners received such a late invoice without receiving the
original bill or reminder? Was there a widespread problem this year? That
might give you some leverage/sympathy. Or additional sympathy. You might
pay the original bill amount, and not the interest, with an explanatory note
(and that you have always paid on time in the past, when you DID receive the
bills), and see what happens.
Of course, being for many years on the other side of the fence, ISSUING such
annual invoices, I got plenty tired of the excuses**. And, like your DMV
stuff, your credit card bills, property taxes, etc., you are responsible for
paying them regardless of whether or not you received them. So, put it on
your calendar each year so you don't have this problem in the future.
** plenty tired, but forgiving. It was usually not the same people each
year, they took turns. So, it was easy enough to wipe out the late charges.
If the bill was mailed at the proper time, you'd be liable. If the bill
was late because the HOA was lazy, it is their fault.
Even though you did not receive a bill, you knew it was due in April.
You should have called about April 2oth to question it.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:05:54 -0400, Ed Pawlowski
Still, I think I would include the real interest you earned in those
months, or maybe even the interest they lost, but not some statutory
interest on the first go-round, Along with a note saying you don't
want to make money off of their error.
Yes, my 100 neighbors and I pay our water bills to the HOA, and the HOA
is supposed to pay the apartment building nearby. All of us are on that
meter. So for 18 months I think, the apartment building sent no bill,
and our incompetent property manager didn't call to ask, and didn't set
aside money and all of a sudden we get a 15,000 dollar bill for water.
She also had a rotten peronality, took sides in arguments and defended
her position more strongly than the board members did, and with more
We got a new property management woman a few months ago, I'm glad to
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:12:57 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:
Apparently not you, because you think a few months interest on
something like this is worth more than spit. And who's to say
what the "actual" interest rate is? Tony isn't going to know what
interest rate the HOA might have earned. As T&S pointed out,
it just confuses the issue and once you start paying interest,
you've admitted that you agree you owe interest.
In alt.home.repair, on Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:49:38 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
Duh. You really love to argue about anything. Are you like this in RL
Not if you send a note like I said you should.
I've made my point twice now. You've made your point twice. You may
make it a third time if you wish. I'm sure it will be no better than it
was the first two times, but you can have the last word. .
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:00:19 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:
Look in the mirror pal. All I did was point out that your suggestion
that Tony pay the interest that his HOA payment might have theoretically
earned in a bank over a few months is worth spit at today's interest rates.
Suggest you take that point up with T&S, he's the one that made that
point, not me. But I agree with him. Clearly when they hit you
with $40 on something like this, the issue isn't the $1 they might
have earned from interest on it. The issue is they want payment
on time and they charge interest rates and/or penalties in line with
that. By paying your $1 though, you have admitted that it's your
fault and now you've just switched the debate to arguing over what the
rate should be.
And yet you make the silly claim that it's only me that wants
to keep making a point. For the record, you can't count either.
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