How is dues collections enforced?

An important goal of your board is actually to fulfill our obligation to collect those pesky dues.  Regardless of whether you are among those who wish your dues were included in your taxes or among those who say ‘hooray for dues’,  we all agree that we should share this burden equally.  It would not be fair if ninety percent of the homes paid the dues and the others received the benefits for free.

I would like to report that this board has seen considerable improvements in collection success, as has the previous board over the previous board, and so on.  There is a chain of events that your board must carry out to insure its dues including legal notices and liens.  These items cost all of us money, or at least cash flow.  The resident must eventually pay back these expenses when the lien is enacted.  There is a potentially large lag of time from when association incurs a legal charge to when the past due resident finally pays.  This is a cost to our entire neighborhood and your board has taken a further step to minimize this.

We have contracted a collections agency to attempt earlier recovery of dues.  Residents who refuse to pay will jeopardize their credit rating.  This service comes at a cost, but not to the association directly.  The majority of collection costs (not 100% however due to Michigan law) are paid, again by the resident responsible.  Furthermore, these costs are not incurred until the dues are paid.

Many of our readers have requested a list of non-payers.  It is your boards decision to NOT make popular such a list at this time.  It is our hope that our following the bylaws set forth, and a simple general courtesy of a few as yet unpaying neighbors will yield eventual payments.  It is unbelievable just how much of the boards time is spent in the process of collecting a few unpaid dues.  We do so loyally, but there is much more we would rather be doing.