Collections & Violations During Coronavirus Pandemic
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
It is critical that every homeowner pays their assessments in a timely manner, yet the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic means community associations may need to show compassion and be flexible in their collections.
At the same time, community association boards have an important responsibility to collection assessments, which fund essential services such as trash pickup, stormwater management, street and sidewalk maintenance and lighting, and recreational facilities.
The coronavirus pandemic and the Governor’s stay home executive orders have not resulted in the extinction of restriction violations nor have they extinguished the ability to enforce a community’s restrictions. While executive orders requiring most Michiganders to spend a majority of their time at home may seem like the perfect opportunity to address these violations, associations should take a moment to consider the content of a violation letter before sending it. Since the coronavirus outbreak began in the United States, there have been multiple news stories about an association going after a member for any variety of reason and, whether right or wrong, the association seems to be framed as the bad guy.