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My condo HOA said my former tenant damaged elevator around 04/20/2017, and asking me to pay for repairing bill, I asked for the repairing invoice for months without getting one; On 11/15/17 condo board meeting, the building manager gave me an repairing invoice dated 10/01/2017, and also on 12/20/2017, the lawyer of the HOA send me another invoice (for the same repair) dated 04/20/2017, the two invoice has the same dollar amount, but different itemization, and different invoice number; I strongly suspect the manager printed fake invoices, what is the good way to deal this?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state the association is in?

NJ I thought this has more to do with fake invoice than HOAs

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

WHat do you mean? lean on my property? NO

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

You have a very interesting issue. In order to force you to pay for the damage the association will have to bring litigation against you. In the litigation they will have to prove the damages by entering an invoice into evidence.

BUT their evidence is suspect. If you can persuade a court that the evidence has been manufactured, using the two distinct invoices to try to prove that they were manipulated, then the court may disallow the claim altogether. Also the association attorney may not ethically introduce evidence he has a reasonable belief to be false.

Whether the Court would allow the invoices is hard to speculate on. BUT the issues would be decided as a preliminary matter through what is called a Motion in Limine. This is a special limited proceeding where ocertain objections to proposed evidence can be sorted out prior to trial.

As apractical matter this gives you leverage to negotiate with the association attorney. One thing you may wish to do is to find an independent elevator technician and see if they can give you an opinion on the invoices.

I hope the information I provide is useful to you. I want you to be comfortable and satisfied with my attempt to assist you. Please, if you have ANY follow-up questions, feel free to ask.

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