As a homeowner in a neighborhood with an Association, I am required to pay annual dues to the Association to maintain community property. However, if I want to access community amenities, I must pay an additional fee. Now I chose the word access, because according to a board trustee, community members cannot be charged a membership fee because they are already member of the association. But an access fee can be charged, which removes equal access to community amenities to people with fixed and low incomes. What do you think?
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Excellent response I believe my rational clearly indicates I have communicated with trustees, I am even quoting the president of the board. Does that mean your not going to answer the question?
If these amenities are non-essential, then it has to be for each family to decide whether they will use them or not. It is their choice of how to spend their money. It is also not possible to tell other families what they should or should not buy.
Again the question asked was not answered. So you are saying that it is okay to charge additional fees for access to community property even though homeowners already pay dues just so the board can pretend a profit was earned?
Whether I think it fair or not doesn't matter - that's how it is where you live. If you want change, consult a legal adviser on discrimination or join the board and vote for change. Or you could try publicity to shame them into allowing equal access.
Thank you for your response, I am not looking for advice I just wanted to know why a secondary fee is charged for access to amenities that home or condo owners should have access to by paying the annual dues.