2018 Georgia Code
Title 44 - Property
Chapter 3 - Regulation of Specialized Land Transactions
Article 6 - Property Owners' Associations
§ 44-3-225. Assessment of expenses; exemption from liability; liability for unpaid assessments
(a) To the extent that the instrument expressly so provides:
(1) Any common expenses benefiting less than all of the lots shall be specially assessed equitably among all of the lots so benefited, as determined by the board;
(2) Any common expenses occasioned by the conduct of less than all of those entitled to occupy all of the lots or by the licensees or invitees of any such lot or lots shall be specially assessed against the lot or lots, the conduct of any occupant, licensee, or invitee of which occasioned any such common expenses;
(3) Any common expenses significantly disproportionately benefiting all of the lots shall be assessed equitably among all of the lots in the development as determined by the board; and
(4) Other than for limited common areas expressly designated as such in the instrument and assigned to fewer than all lots, nothing contained in paragraph (1) or (3) of this subsection shall permit an association to specially or disproportionately allocate common expenses for periodic maintenance, repair, and replacement of any portion of the common area or the lots which the association has the obligation to maintain, repair, or replace.
(b) No lot owner other than the association shall be exempted from any liability for any assessment under this Code section or under any instrument for any reason whatsoever, including, without limitation, abandonment, nonuse, or waiver of the use or enjoyment of his or her lot or any part of the common area except to the extent that any lot, upon request by the owner of the lot, expressly may be made exempt from assessments and thus denied voting rights of the lot under the instrument until a certificate of occupancy is issued by the governing authority for a dwelling on such lot.
(c) Unless otherwise provided in the instrument and except as provided in subsection (d) of this Code section, the grantee in a conveyance of a lot shall be jointly and severally liable with the grantor thereof for all unpaid assessments against the latter up to the time of the conveyance without prejudice to the grantee's right to recover from the grantor the amounts paid by the grantee; provided, however, that if the grantor or grantee shall request a statement from the association as provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 44-3-232, such grantee and his or her successors, successors-in-title, and assigns shall not be liable for nor shall the property owners' association lot conveyed be subject to a lien for any unpaid assessments against such grantor in excess of any amount set forth in the statement.
(d) In the event that the holder of a first priority mortgage or secondary purchase money mortgage of record, provided that neither the grantee nor any successor grantee on the secondary purchase money mortgage is the seller of the lot, or in the event that any other person acquires title to any lot as a result of foreclosure of any such mortgage, such holder or other person and his or her successors, successors-in-title, and assigns shall not be liable for nor shall the lot be subject to any lien for assessments under this Code section or under any instrument chargeable to the lot on account of any period prior to the acquisition of title; provided, however, that the unpaid share of an assessment or assessments shall be deemed to be a common expense collectable from all of the lot owners, including such holder or other person and his or her successors, successors-in-title, and assigns.