Water One Casualty of High Foreclosure Rates

Water One Casualty of High Foreclosure Rates

by Brian P. McLean, Leahy.ps

Imagine you live in a condominium, you pay your assessments like clockwork, and you arrive home to find your water turned off because of non-payment. That’s what happened to one Florida Condominium:

“The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department turned the water off Wednesday after the condo association failed to pay tens of thousands of dollars in previous water bills.” © MMIX, CBS Television Stations Inc. (http://cbs4.com/local/Mirassou.Condominiums.miami.2.986212.html)

We read a lot in the paper about high rates of unemployment and decreasing property prices. What we don’t read about is how nonpayment of dues by some are affecting people who have worked carefully to save money, live within their means, and don’t take unreasonable financial risks. At many properties they’re paying a higher price because of the misfortune of others. There’s plenty of fault to go around, and it will take months if not years to sort this out.

About Brian P. McLean

BRIAN P. McLEAN is an attorney and shareholder at Leahy McLean Fjelstad in Seattle, Washington. He concentrates his practice in the area of community association law. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from Seattle University, where he was a member of Law Review, chair of the law school’s Moot Court Board, and commencement speaker for his graduating class. Brian speaks and writes frequently about community association issues, is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and is a former board member of the Washington State Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) where he served as president from 2009 - 2010. He served previously as chair of WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee, where he worked with state legislators to enact mandatory reserve study legislation in Washington State. Brian is former lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the now defunct Pacific Northwest band the Acetones.
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