Developer pens letter announcing amenity fees going up on new homes and resales

Robert Chandler

The Developer has sent a letter to The Villages District Office announcing that amenity fees will be going up both on new home sales and resales.

The letter was sent Sept. 27 from Villages Director of Development Robert Chandler to District Manager Richard Baier.

“Please accept this letter as official notification that The Villages will be adjusting the contractural amenity fee for all previously owned homes closed on or after October 1, 2018 and all new homes contracted on or after October 1, 2018,” Chandler, a former Lake County official, wrote.

“The adjusted fee will be increased from $145.00 per month to $159.00 per month,” he added.

You can read a copy of the letter at this link: Villages Developer Letter on amenity fees

The letter sparked a vigorous discussion among elected Community Development District supervisors at this morning’s Project Wide Advisory Committee meeting.

“I don’t know how the Developer can dictate this on resales,” said CDD 7 Supervisor Jerry Vicenti.

Meanwhile, CDD 10 Chairman Don Wiley pointed out that the potentially 500 residents of the new 265-unit Lofts of Brownwood will have full resident privileges, but will not be paying amenity fees. He added those individuals will be taking up spaces on pickleball courts and golf courses.

“How do we justify this?” Wiley asked.

District Counsel Lewis Stone said he will draft a memo explaining how this will all work.