Condominium associations rely on their statutory lien rights to enforce the collection of assessments from their unit owners, but a recent appellate court ruling found that they do not absolutely need to record a lien in order to collect from the surplus funds after a tax sale.

In Calendar v. Stonebridge Gardens Section III Condominium Association, the Fourth District Court of Appeal concluded that the association was not required to actually file a lien in order to be entitled to priority over the unit owner in the distribution of surplus funds generated by the tax sale of her residence.

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