A.J. from Middlesex County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I bought a condo in an old house that was converted into 8 units. It’s been nothing but problems for me. I am 63 and 100% disability. I have an emotional support animal, which was only the start. I closed on this nightmare late August 2021. It started with most of the electrical plugs not working, my unit is the only one heated by electricity. I have one radiator in my bathroom, doesn’t work. I was told that my HOA included heat and hot water, it does not. Prior to moving in, a new couple purchased the unit below me, and the woman had a fit that their unit was more expensive than mine and was told that it was due to my unit being most electric. She gets on the association sends me a letter increasing my HOA dues. It was obvious that this person had issues with me. October 5 2021, all the unit owners received a special assessment from January 2021 till December 2021, as they first said it was due to a possible roof repair. That was a lie. Then I asked to see all the receipts for the year, 4 times I requested these, and never got them. I ran out of money as I had to replace the refrigerator, washing machine broke, and leaked everywhere due to blockage of plumbing pipes in the walls somewhere in the house. I had light bulbs explode in the outlets, burn fingers on light bulbs. (edited for space) Its really messed up. I have to walk to a laundromat, as I don’t have a car…I cry almost constantly, as I can’t afford a lawyer, I have my unit on the market, it’s been less than a year, but feels like an eternity. I may lose my unit., everything I saved for. Please help.
Mister Condo replies:
A.J., I am most sorry for all of your troubles. I had to truncate your letter as it was just too long to publish here. Needless to say, this particular HOA unit is a bad fit for you and a true nightmare on so many levels. I am sorry for your personal issues that make all of this even more intolerable but the reality is that you, your neighbors, and your HOA do not see eye to eye on issues that matter most to you. You have alleged a great deal of wrongdoing by the HOA. Since you cannot afford an attorney, your only other choice is to seek legal aid from some type of housing advocate or volunteer service. Perhaps call a local college and see if there is a law student who would be willing to listen and help you file complaints or even a lawsuit with the right agencies. Your fixed income may be an issue in keeping current with your common fees but if you don’t pay, you are absolutely correct in stating that you may lose your home. I am not sure if you have the ability to sell and move but, really, that is your best option at this point. There is no reason to stay in a home or an HOA with this may problems. All the best!