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Friday, 14 December 2012

Why bother to help neighbours save money!

I mentioned previously that I am currently the treasurer of our community of property owners having completed six years as chairman, or presidente as they say here in Spain.

Each property owner has to pay an annual community charge as a contribution towards the running costs of the communal areas within our group of houses. All fees should be paid in full by the 31st December. Any fees unpaid after that date will be immediately increased by the addition of a ten percent surcharge on the amount outstanding. In addition any debtor owners cannot vote at community meetings as long as the debt remains unpaid.

Continuing my practice, over the last six years, of jogging the memories of the forgetful owners I have sent out reminder letters, or emails, as the case may suit, to them as an aide-mémoire.

Having received 'shirty' replies from some of them, suggesting it is me who is at fault that they haven't paid, this will be the last time I try to help neighbours save money.

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