My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Florida
My husband and I own an apartment/condo in a complex. I pay a mortgage and also an expensive maintenance fee, that rises every year. This is a small one bedroom apartment that my husband and I bought back in 2005-2006. We pay about $700 in mortgage and almost $400 in maintenance fee. When we first bought the apartment the maintenance fee was only about $100. The complex when it first built was built poorly and incorrectly and because of that the apartment complex is falling apart. This complex is about 8 years old and the balconies had huge cracks on them and if they weren't fixed they would collapse. The complex decided to hire a construction company to come and re-do the balconies and basically fix the whole complex. My apartment as well as 3 others were in the worst shape, and told me they had to redo the wall where the living room window is because they only thing that was holding on the wall was the window. This is a small one bedroom apartment. The construction company spent a couple months fixing the complex until suddenly they stopped. I was told that the complex was not paying them that is why they ceased the work. Today I receive a bill in the mail from my complex stating that on top of my mortgage and maintenance fee that I already pay, I have to pay $1400 by the 1st of next month (Oct.), then $700 the month after and another $700 the month after that for a total of $2800 for the complex to pay the construction so it will continue. I did not get any letters or anything letting me know that this was coming. It just showed up in the mail. On top of it all, my husband is in the military and is getting transferred in less than a year so we are moving out of the apartment in about 7 months. When we called the property manager, he told us that the complex is suing the original people who built the complex because they built it wrong but the only thing we would see from their legal action is that our maintenance fee will go down. I began to tell him that we are moving in 7 months so by the time they sue and if they win the case, I will not be living in the apartment anymore. He told us that there is nothing he can do. My question is, do they have the right to send me a bill requiring me to pay $2800 for the re-construction of the complex, even though none of this is my fault? and if they sue and win, are they right by saying I am not entitled to that money? I really need help in this matter. I really really appreciate it! Thank you.