• If you owe your Homeowner's Association back dues, you could be sabotaging your short sale. In the event of a delinquent account, your HOA can file a lien against your property which will prevent the sale of your property until the account is in good standing.But the news gets worse...if you decide to forego the short sale and let you house go into foreclosure the HOA has the option of treating the delinquent account like a personal debt, and go after a judgement against you. Because the HOA's are less likely these days to settle in the hopes of getting someone in the property who will keep up the account, you may be in real trouble if you don't keep that HOA account in good standing.