For associations concerned with owner bankruptcies, quarterly assessments are preferred over annual assessments as post-petition assessments are not dischargeable.

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Under Florida law, it is better for an HOA to charge installment dues over the course of a year rather than allow for a lump sum payment at the beginning of each year. This is because post-petition debts, including post-petition HOA fees, are not dischargeable in a bankruptcy.

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