Attorney Marc Schneider called it “an unintended consequence.”
Schneider, who represents more than 100 homeowners’ associations islandwide, said a local law that last year raised fees for tax map verifications from $60 to $200 has resulted in associations being hit with bills as high as $40,000 for things as simple as changing notices for governing board meetings.
Testifying at a public hearing last week, Schneider said the problem is that Suffolk’s law charges its $200 fee for each unit in the development any time an association changes its rules.
“If you have a homeowners association with 200 units, that makes the fees as high as $40,000,” Schneider said.
He said Nassau County charges by the entire development, keeping the fees to a few hundred dollars to less than $1,000.
Schneider said the fees originally were aimed at transactions in which a new development is created. He said he had hoped that the county would exempt homeowners associations from the fees.
But Schneider praised county Legis. William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), who has proposed a $5,000 cap on such fees. A legislative vote on the bill is likely in September.