Everett, WA asked in Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Washington

Q: Is my elderly mom required to pay for items that were changed or added after the closing of the sale of her condo?

My elderly mom sold her condo last year, which closed on Sept. 10. After closing, the HOA president put in a new garage door unit, which was not requested by the new owner. The garage door was functioning just fine upon move out. But now the HOA is coming after my mom for $500+ for the cost of the new garage door. He is withholding these and other funds from her $1400 deposit (not called out in the inspection). Is my mom required to pay for items that were changed or added after the closing of the sale of her condo? Again... the current owner did not request these things and if she would have known this was being done at my mom's expense... she would have told him not to install such items. My poor mom is so upset... this is the reason she moved out... because of the constant stress and bullying of the Condo association for "expenses".... and it continues. Can we take the HOA board to small claims court to collect her full deposit refund?

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Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo

A: How about you just don’t pay them?

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