Advice on Homeowners Association Dues

QUESTION: Sir John, I am President of a Subdivision Homeowners Association. To force the members to pay their dues, is it okay if we have them sign an agreement that we will padlock their water if they will not pay their dues. Their water is directly connected to Maynilad.

ANSWER: No. It is not OKAY. It is UNFAIR. It is ILLEGAL because you are interfering with their contract with Maynilad.

It is the same as when they don't pay the association dues, you are cutting their other utilities such as Meralco, Cable TV, and PLDT.

If you want them to pay dues, manage the operation of the association well and make them feel that your services are worth their dues. Make sure you have effective and courteous security patrols, cut the grass of vacant lots, make the clubhouse neat, and social activities like Christmas party, Father's Day Basketball, Ball-room Dancing, Flores de Mayo, and Youth Basketball League.

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