Residents In A FL Community Allege Their HOA Fees May Rise To Over $1,000 Per Month: "Too Much"

L. Cane

According to South Florida Agent reporting in the summer of 2022, a whopping 45% of Florida homes are part of a homeowner's association, which is the highest in the nation. The site also says that the average monthly fee for Floridians is around $389.

Unfortunately, some Floridians in one central Florida community allege that homeowners fees have risen by 300% over the last couple of years. As a result, some residents are considering moving, but worry that the high fee will make selling difficult.

What's Happening At Baldwin Park?: A community that includes townhomes in the Orlando area, Baldwin Park residents reportedly began seeing dramatic rises in their HOA fees beginning in 2022.

Specifically, according to Fox 35, Floridian Denise Lehup, who said she has lived in Baldwin Park for 10 years, told the station that she saw a 79% increase in fees in 2022. She also said that the proposed HOA budget for 2024 would bring about an increase of another 61% increase, bringing her monthly fee to $1,222 a month.

Dennis James, who is 80, is another Baldwin Park resident facing HOA fees of $1,222 per month - which is around a 300% increase for his particular situation over two years.

James told Click Orlando in early November of 2023 that he believes residents may move out if the 2024 increases move forward. James told the station:

“I do believe there will be people who will be selling, once they start seeing it...I think the $1,200 a month is too much for what we get."

Allegations That The Increases Are Due To Rising Insurance Rates: In late November 2023, Baldwin Park resident Susan Stiner told WFTV that she heard the HOA increases were due to the state of Florida's insurance increases. She expressed her frustration to the station, saying, in part:

“I mean, people can’t afford increases of 300% a month. If that’s happening this year, what happens in future years? We can’t sustain this kind of increase... So I’m paying almost $6,000 a year for insurance for a townhome. If you think about the amount of money that we’re paying now for an increase in groceries and other expenses, that could price somebody out of the market.”

Steiner told the station that she, too, is considering selling her home, but she is worried that the high HOA fees will discourage potential buyers.

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