Deliquency Policy - Effective June 2020
Prompt payment of assessments by all owners is critical to the financial health of the Association and to the enhancement of the property values of our Association. Your Board of Directors takes very seriously its obligation under the CC&R’s and the California Civil Code to enforce the members’ obligation to pay assessments. The Board has adopted this Collection Policy in an effort to discharge that obligation in a fair, consistent, and effective manner in alignment with the CR&Rs and Civil Code.
HERE to view the 2020 Delinquent Assessment Collection Policy, effective June 1, 2020
2021 Assessment Increase - Effective January 2021
As a Master Homeowners Association, SAMLARC is classified as a not for profit corporation, governed by Governing Documents (Articles of Incorporation, CC&Rs, bylaws, and rules adopted by the Board of Directors). These documents create legal duties and obligations for the Association to preserve the value, desirability, and attractiveness of the property that SAMLARC owns and holds a responsibility to maintain. To meet these duties and obligations, the Board adopts an annual budget with expenses that are determined in large measure as non-discretionary costs. The budget also takes into consideration the measures of Civil Code Section 5600 (a), which states that the Board must levy regular and special assessments sufficient to perform its obligations under the governing documents.
Annually, each Committee under the direction of the Board provides input and guidance into the preparation of the upcoming year’s budget. A Budget Workshop is held annually, open to the Membership, for the Board of Directors to consider, discuss and approve the upcoming fiscal year budget effective January 1. The Board held the 2021 Budget Workshop on October 6, 2020 and following much deliberation the Board approved the 2021 fiscal year budget for SAMLARC.
In order to maintain existing service levels, accommodate the rise in non-discretionary costs, avoid the potential burden of large increases, and protect the Corporation’s financial health, the Board approved an increase of $4.76 to monthly assessments beginning January 1, 2021. Key drivers of this increase include service contract increases, anticipated rate increases from Santa Margarita Water District, continued fire prevention Defensible Space work as directed by the Orange County Fire Authority, and necessary landscape maintenance.
Please click here to learn more about the 2021 SAMLARC Budget
Alternative Assessment Payment Methods
Assessments may also be paid through the following avenues:
Directly Through ClickPay
ClickPay is an online payment system that helps to facilitate timely payments and streamline Members' payment options.Through Clickpay, assessments may be paid via e-check (ACH) for free or debit/credit card for a small fee. Payments can be set to recur if desired and can be paid in full or fixed amounts. ClickPay is currently the only payment method that accepts credit card or debit card payments. ClickPay is managed through FirstService Residential, SAMLARC's management company. Visit ClickPay directly by clicking
HERE, and read Registration Information and FAQ's by clicking
To mail your check to the FirstService Residential Check Processing Center, please include your account number with your check and mail to:
C/O FirstService Residential
P.O. Box 62053
Newark, NJ 07101
Through SAMLARC's Office
Please note: SAMLARC's Business Office is not equipped to process payments but will facilitate posting. To deliver your check to the SAMLARC Business Office, please visit the Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at:
22342A Avenida Empresa, Suite 102A
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688