Former New York State Trooper David Silva’s $25 HOA Late Fee Has Turned Into A $47,554 Foreclosure
Former New York State Trooper David Silva didn’t believe he deserved the $25 late fee from his HOA. So he refused to pay.
Apparently, the trouble began when his condo switched property managers in June 2015. Silva’s maintenance check for June 2015 of $282.00was allegedly never deposited.
Silva paid the maintenance bill when he found out that August it was overdue. However, the late fee and the ones that came after it, which he refused to pay had metastasized into $50,000. The amount includes additional late fees and attorney charges for a two-day trial.
Silva told the Palm Beach Post:
I am disappointed in the judge’s decision. I believe that this case looked at with another set of eyes, would have resulted in a different decision. It is a sad day in America when the American dream becomes the American nightmare.
HOA attorney Jeannette Bellon said could not document he issued the check. The association even waived one month’s late fee. However, Silva refused to pay anything because he argued the entire matter was due to a change in property managers. Silva claims he was not notified.