Law blocks sale of condo common areas

Law of the Land

The Village of Doral Place, a 331-unit condominium located in Miami-Dade County, Fla., has common areas that include a parcel of land on which the swimming pool is located. The county tax assessor sent the tax bill for this parcel to the complex’s property management company, where it was neither paid nor forwarded to the homeowners association (HOA).

The county then sold a tax certificate for the parcel to a local bank, who resold it to a private company, who then bought the property at public sale. The buyers — RU4Real Inc. and For Sale by Owner Realty Inc. — subsequently fenced off the swimming pool, barring condo unit owners from accessing the pool.