FLORIDA – Missing a simple HOA fee could lead to losing your home

abc ACTION NEWS:  Missing a simple HOA fee could lead to losing your home

Legally little can be done

By Sarina Fazan

March 2, 2016

 

Oleg Stepanov is a husband and father to a 9-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. About a year ago, he received  a letter that put him in a state of panic. “It was scary because I opened a letter and [it] says they would foreclose on my house if I did not pay $750,” Stepanov said.  Stepanov was not only panicked but confused. He moved to the Panther Trace subdivision from Canada nearly a year ago but never got his HOA bill. “In Canada I got mail forwarding here for a year. But I did not get that mail, and I still did not receive those bills,” Stepanov said.

 

He said he tried to pay his $75 fee only to be told the HOA already handed it over to a lawyer. By that point, a legal fee had been added to what he owed, increasing his bill to $750. Reluctantly, Stepanov settled. He said he had no choice under threat of foreclosure. He said that he even had to borrow money from neighbors to pay the bill.  Read more:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-south-hillsborough/riverview/missing-a-simple-hoa-fee-could-lead-to-losing-your-home-and-legally-little-can-be-done

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