As you can imagine, our law firm has received an unprecedented number of questions regarding assessments during the current crisis. We certainly understand and empathize with boards and unit owners alike. More importantly, we are very aware of the board’s delicate balance between fulfilling their legal obligations to the Association and assisting their fellow unit owners suffering from financial distress. We are here to help you successfully achieve that balance.


As a board member, your primary obligation is to act in the best interests of the Association. As such, the law clearly prevents you from forgoing, waiving or excusing monthly or special assessments due from owners – even in extraordinary circumstances like this. Practically speaking, almost everyone is under some financial strain at this time. Including those owners who continue paying their assessments. The board owes them a duty.


As such, it is imperative to remember that the routine process for initiating assessment collection has not changed.  Demands, liens, lawsuits, judgments must still be pursued when needed. Of course, certain aspects of the process have been delayed due to courtroom closures. But, the system has not stopped altogether.


While the board cannot legally waive monthly or special assessments, the board can consider reasonable payment plans or delaying imposition of late fees as long as it is applied consistently. Our professional representatives can assist the board with the board’s decision process or preparing the acceptable payment plan agreement.


Again, we understand the board’s dilemma. We are ready, willing, and able to assist you in navigating through these difficult financial circumstances.


If KSN can answer any legal questions for or assist your Board, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. Please call 855-537-0500 or visit


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