Hollywood, FL asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Florida

Q: My HOA is charging me a convenience fee for paying my HOA dues. They don't offer any free options. Is this legal?

They offer two payment methods online; pay by credit card or pay with bank account. Both options charge a convenience fee. They do not offer any other way to pay the dues. My understanding is that the convenience fee is only charged as a convenience alternative to a standard method of payment.

2 Lawyer Answers
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The HOA doesn't need to offer online payment methods; it could simply send you a bill and expect that you send a check at its postal address. Is that possible?

Barbara Billiot Stage agrees with this answer

A: If you mail a check they have to accept it. They cannot legally refuse any form of legal tender. The problem you might face is proving they received the payment. They cannot require only online payment but if they provide for online payment they can charge a convenience fee.

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