The classic definition of a Zombie is “the undead.” That is to say a person is dead but still has some features of being alive so in essence they are not “totally dead.” It sounds creepy, and it is creepy, but in almost every community association in these United States there lurks “Zombie Debt.” Zombie Debt is best described as money an association has written off because a bank has foreclosed and there were dues owing that the association never received. The mistake is that this debt is not dead and much like a Zombie it still lives and can be collected. So why have not boards of directors and management companies not attempted to collect this Zombie Debt?
With the economic recovery it would seem that community associations are out of the woods and happy days are here again. Sorry, but no. According to the Community Association Institute (CAI) the average delinquencies nationwide is north of 5% and that is still not acceptable.
By: Mitch Drimmer, CAM on HOA & Condo Delinquencies
Managers and board members require a lot of information to be processed to govern well. Everything from water consumption to the amount of parking spots available. Your monthly budget comparison is critical and allows you to take actionable decisions. Yet, many managers and board members are in the dark regarding their delinquency situation. If a unit goes delinquent, you send them to a collection solution (ie. Lawyer or Collection Agency) and that’s good. But what do you know about your delinquent units and what position they are putting your association in? Regarding HOA & Condo Delinquencies, getting in front of the problem goes a long way to preventing a special assessment.