The Morrison Homeowners Association (MHA) Scenario
A MHA homeowner had requested a copy of an invoice of an expense she had noticed in the accounting records of the HOA supplied by the Board of Directors. The request was made directly to CPM, the property management company that is in charge of keeping the accounting records for Morrison Ranch Estates.
The reply she received from Sandi Hechler at Community Property Management was as follows:
“We have located the Digital Cafe invoice you requested and will mail you a copy, provided that we receive a payment in advance of $0.67 for the copy, envelope and postage. Should you prefer to pick it up at our office, the cost is $0.13″
The Homeowner Replied:
“Please bill me the $ .13 as per Civil Code §1365.2, (c) (4) and either email or fax the invoice to me.” (Civil Code §1365.2, (c) (4) states:“the association may bill the requesting
member for the direct and actual cost of copying and mailing requested documents. The association shall inform the member of the amount of the copying and mailing costs, and the member shall agree to pay those costs, before copying and sending the requested documents.”)
Ms. Hechler replied:
The Board adopted a policy in January 2010 which applies to all MREHA Homeowners, that documents must be paid for in advance of mailing or at the time of pick up. The cost for mailing is $0.67 (1 copy, envelope, postage) or $0.13 if you would like to pick up the copy at our office. There is no charge if you would like to view the document at our office.
“Thank you for quoting Civil Code §1365.2, (c) (4), it does correctly state that “the association may bill the requesting
We have contacted the Morrison Ranch Estates board to comment on the facts as presented herein, as well as its rationale for basically dissing a resident, instead of being a good CID citizen - we shall update this story when and if we hear from the association.