What to do about bogus charges from an HOA?

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What to do about bogus charges from an HOA?

I have been over charged by my HOA. I had to pay the amount $800 in order to close when I found a buyer. The previous tenant that never had a dog where assessed $150 for 2 infractions of not “cleaning up after the pet” (again they did not have a pet). Those charges were never reported to me so I was incurring a $30 per month delinquent fee. All along I was paying the monthly assessment in full and on time. I feel I am rightly due a return of my $800. Can I sue/take to small claims? Should I or are there other avenues to pursue.

Asked on May 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you believe that the HOA overcharged you with respect to claims it had when you closed escrow and you expended $800 of your own money to close escrow, your recourse if the HOA will not voluntarily refund your money is to file a small claims action against it.

For that, I would go down to your local court house and get the necessary forms to file. There should also be a small claims court advisor to answer any questions that you might have down at the court house.


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