The situation is not easy, and these types of questions can trigger severe problems in the neighborhood.
Your neighbor is not fulfilling his obligations as a joint owner, as those who live in a condominium must participate in everyday expenses and must pay the corresponding fees, according to their per mileage or percentage, within the deadlines provided for in the regulation.
The rules also establish that in case of delay, the condominium may charge the defaulting neighbor interest at the rate of 4%, in addition to other penalties.
Although the crisis seems to want to unwind, many consumers still find it challenging to cope with this fixed expense, as they do not have sufficient income. This is your neighbor’s situation, and the late payment interest for five months will be a heavy bill.
In cases like the one you report, the condominium administrator must discuss a way to overcome the problem with the defaulting owner. There are several solutions:
- Extend the deadline by three months, for example, if he has a job in mind or expects to receive a grant that will allow him to make ends meet;
- Agree on the payment in installments, in installments that you can support;
- Grant a temporary discount, equivalent, for example, to the portion of the quota relating to the common reserve fund.
If there is no understanding between everyone, it remains for the condominium, represented by the administrator, to proceed with an action in the court of peace in their area, if any. If it is necessary to go to court, they have to rely on a lawyer’s fees, court costs, and several months of waiting for the final judgment. But taking into account your neighbor’s financial situation, even with a favorable decision from the justices of the peace or the courts, the condominium may not recover the money if he does not have assets that can be pledged. Check also for bed head light (ไฟหัวเตียง which is the term in Thai) in the condo.