Who Pays the HOA Dues on a Rental Property?

Reblogger Beverly Femia
Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Important information for both tenant and landlord.  Both have things to lose through misunderstanding!! 

Credit for this original post goes to Chris Ann Cleland of Bristow, VA.  Comments may be directed directly to her at the link below

Original content by Chris Ann Cleland VA License # 0225089470

Who Pays the HOA Dues on a Rental Property?

When representing tenants, I am often asked, "Will we be responsible for the HOA dues if we rent this property?"  The answer is NO!  No way!  And even if the landlord wants you to, I'll convince them that's a BAD idea.  And I've had to do that a time or two over the past few years, which is astounding.  You'll see why if you think that tenants should pay the HOA fees directly as they are the ones getting the benefits of the HOA services and amenities. 

Home owner's associations are one the entities that can place a lien on your property for non-payment.  So as the owner, or in the case of the rental scenario-- as the landlord, you NEVER want to make another party responsible for something that negatively impact you or the clear title to your property. 

Case in point:  Right now I have first-time home buyers who are thrilled to have found a great home in Manassas Park.  Unfortunately, the owner of the property, who was transferred out of state, rented the property for four years.  The two sets of tenants in the home during those years were FRIENDS of the landlord.  And being a trusting sole, the landlord left his friends to pay his HOA dues.  Both sets of friends stiffed the HOA, probably thinking it was no big deal.  Unfortunately, the Seller is now having to pay off five liens that were filed against the house for non-payment of dues over those four years. 

Here's the sick part.  The monthly HOA fees were a max of $38 per month.  Over 48 months that's $1,824.  The liens total over $3,100!  Why?  Late fees and legal fees, of course.

Never put a tenant, even if they are your friend, in charge of HOA fees. 




Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email  Or you can visit her website:

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Tatyana Permanova
Highlight Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
561-756-6962 - Miami, Fort Lauderdale | Boca Raton RE

Yes, Landlord pays HOA fee!!!!

But over the last 2 years most Condominiums at SouthEast Florida require Landlord and Tenant to sign a special addendum which stays "In the event the unit Owner fails to pay Association any Assesment or monthly HOA fee, Association shall be entitled to collect the Tenant's rent payments owed to Unit Owner under the Lease for the purpose of offsetting the delinquent Assesment..."

Aug 22, 2011 03:01 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

 Having the tenants pay the HOA makes no sense whatsoever.  What a couple of doufusses... or doofi, those sellers were.  They got off easy with $3,100.  In Texas the would have been foreclosed upon years ago.  Good post !  I bet there are many, many owners with HOA's who are unaware of this.

Aug 23, 2011 01:38 PM