How to Collect Delinquent Fees in California

Question:

I am the treasurer of our HOA, and we have an eight unit building, and we have one unit that refuses to pay the $300 a month HOA fees on time, or pay any of our $15 a month late fee, and they have done this for years… We tried to sue them once and found that our laws allow them to build up a debt of $1800 before they have to pay anything, so this unit waits until they get close to or at 1800 and they pay, yet they never pay the late fees associated with it , And we are up to our necks in not knowing what to do… Thanks for your help if you can

– Mark

 

Answer:

Hi Mark,

Beyond filing a lawsuit, there are a few other collection methods you can use, provided your community’s governing documents permit them. First, you can suspend a delinquent member’s privileges until they settle their debt. This can include restricting access to common amenities. You can also place a lien on their home and record it with the county recorder’s office. The final step is to initiate foreclosure proceedings in an attempt to collect the debt.

 

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