Unit Owner Cannot Withhold Assessments from Association
A recent Pennsylvania case has again confirmed that a unit owner in a condominium or homeowners’ association is required to pay their assessments, regardless of whether they think the association has failed to provide some service. In Logans’ Reserve Homeowners’ Association v. McCabe, some unit owners believed that the association was not adequately mowing the area behind their units. They complained that the overgrown common areas caused snakes and ticks to plague the unit owners. Because of this, the unit owners decided to stop paying their assessments until the association mowed the common areas the way they wanted them to.
The Commonwealth Court held that unit owners are required to pay assessments “regardless of any alleged inadequacies in the association’s performance.” The Court said that any breach of the association’s duties does not allow a unit owner to withhold their payments. Unit owners are required to pay all assessments when due and they have no right to withhold payment of assessments for an alleged non-provision of services.
This case is nothing new. Pennsylvania Courts have made and upheld this decision since 1990. It is a good reminder that unit owners cannot withhold payment of their assessments, even if they are dissatisfied with the job of the association.