I'm working with a super nice family right now, trying to find them their first home. They are looking at townhomes in the south of Calgary. This question came up yesterday:
What happens if another owner in the complex isn't paying their condo fees? Does it affect the other owners?
Here's the answer, which I pulled off the website of highly-respected Calgary real estate law firm Kahane Law (www.kahanelaw.com) that answers this question.
The condo corporation can do a number of things to collect what you owe, such as:
- ask the condo owner’s mortgage company to repay the amount owed, who will add the debt to the total mortgage amount owed;
- ask the tenant in the owner’s unit to pay the monthly rent to the corporation to pay for your condo fees;
- file a caveat against the unit owner’s title;
- charge interest on the amount owed (up to 18% per year!);
- sue the owner for the amount owed, including the interest and full legal fees; and
- foreclose on the owner’s title (take possession of condo unit ending your condominium ownership).
Also, if you owe money to your condo corporation for 30 days or more, you can lose your right to vote on important matters that impact the condo building, the Kahane Law blog post says.
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