I purchased a home July 2009 in Ohio. Home MLS listing showed no home owners association (HOA), my contract to purchase noted that HOA was a non applicable item, and the selling agent stated no HOA was present on this property.
Yesterday I received a letter from a HOA management company stating that I had an $80.00 assessment due for Surface water management. The letter also states that a $250 balance is carried over from 2009 bringing the total due to $330. All payments payable to (name of HOA). This is the first I have ever heard of an HOA or any fees, much less overdue items from 2009.
I have never seen any HOA forms, regulations, fees, meeting minutes, letters or anything at all over the last year. Of course I never signed anything either.
The company had my name, correct address, and correct parcel lot number on the paperwork. These are all pubic record, but I dont think this is a scam.
What are my options here? Am I forced to accept the HOA? If so, what recourse do I have against overdue bills from prior owner?
Thanks in advance