They can raise them up to 20% per year without membership approval. California Civil Code §1366(b).
They can also levy special assessments on top of your dues.
so meaning this is just legal and I can do nothing about it?
They need to stay within the parameters set by law. Otherwise they can raise the dues and add special assessments. HOA's are very risky as far as stable pricing of dues. You know your monthly mortgage payments, taxes and insurance, but the association dues are ever rising. Until recently the States set no caps on these fees and members had ever rising dues. Even attending meetings can be futile. Having the power to effect change can be very helpful so if you have the time consider running for a position on the Board.
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