Civil Code § 1367.6 – Payment of Assessments Under Protest; Small Claims Option.

(a) If a dispute exists between the owner of a separate interest and the association, including, but not limited to, an assessment, fine, penalty, late fee, collection cost, or monetary penalty imposed as a disciplinary measure, and the amount in dispute does not exceed the jurisdictional limits stated in Sections 116.220 and 116.221 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the owner of a separate interest may, in addition to pursuing dispute resolution pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 1363.810) of Chapter 4, pay under protest the disputed amount and all other amounts levied, including any fees and reasonable costs of collection, reasonable attorney’s fees, late charges, and interest, if any, pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 1366, and commence an action in small claims court pursuant to Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 116.110) of Title 1 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(b) Nothing in this section shall impede an association’s ability to collect delinquent assessments as provided in Sections 1367.1 and 1367.4.

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