Van Nuys, CA asked in Real Estate Law for California

Q: Can a Condominium complex charge me a late fee for a parking permit when there was no notice of late fee charge?

Parking in the complex is $80 a month. Been paying that fee for months and today I tried to pay and they tried to charge me a $20 late fee when this is the first time a late fee has been implemented and there was no notice that a late fee will now be charged

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Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: From my experienced as a lawyer, and living in a condo complex for 40 years, it seems that HOAs can do whatever they like. The Board is always supposed to give Notice of any change in the rules to all members of the HOA. You are lucky, as your dispute is (for now) only over a $20 late fee. I would avoid the hassle of a fight with the Board and simply pay the late fee.

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