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Los Angeles condo owners: boycott new "multi-family bulky item" fee?

Posted on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 @ 09:53 AM

The City of Los Angeles introduced a 'multi-family bulky item' fee on 10/1/2007. The fee which appears on a customer's LADWP bill, is $.64 per month, with an additional $.64 charged to the 'landlord' (5+ units). Condominiums are exempted (LAMC 179070). I own a condominium and have been assessed this fee. All other homeowners in my project (107) have also been charged. Indeed, thousands of condo units in my neighborhood (Monterey Hills area of Los Angeles) have also incurred this fee since 10/1/2007. The policy of the Bureau of Sanitation is to correct the error once the customer brings it to their attention. They refuse to refund back to the start date of the ordinance, only 12 months (as well as any additional fees incurred since the date of my complaint).

I suspect that thousands of condo units have been illegally charged this fee. I would be interested in information relative to a class action law suit against the City of Los Angeles. All condo owners and their management companies subject to LADWP billing are encouraged to post replies




Posting here is not the place to air your complaints to this new city ordinance. This site is for HOA-related issues. 
You should be objecting to your Mayor and City Council members.

posted @ Friday, June 25, 2010 10:13 AM by mary

Attn Mary; 
This IS about condominiums and I appreciate the notification. The poster, Stephen, is doing us all a favor by letting us know about this DWP billing issue. It is not something the Mayor or City Council needs to help or be concerned with.

posted @ Friday, June 25, 2010 5:32 PM by Marc Binenfeld

Suggesting a lawsuit against the city of LA should be of concern to the mayor and city council!

posted @ Sunday, June 27, 2010 10:13 AM by mary

I am an attorney, and I'm looking into filing a class action on this issue. Based on my preliminary review, tens of thousands of condo owners have been overcharged since October 2007. 
If you or your HOA is interested, please contact me. Ideally, the City will simply "do the right thing" and refund the improper charges without my having to file a lawsuit. 
In my experience, however, City Hall rarely does the right thing without a fair amount of poking and prodding.

posted @ Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:17 PM by Walter Moore

I was also illegally charged this fee and have been trying to get my money back since 1/10. I would like to join any lawsuit that is being filed.

posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 8:22 PM by JODIE HOPE

I am the president of our HOA and every resident of our condo has been charged this fee for the past five years. I have to call EVERY time I get a bill to have it removed and it takes FOREVER. I would LOVE to participate in a class action suit. Bring it on! 
Thank you for this info!! 
- Curt

posted @ Wednesday, September 07, 2011 12:45 PM by Curt Northrup

We are a law firm investigating this charge. If you interested in discussing this with us, please give us a call at 310/556-9687. This may be considered an attorney advertisement.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 3:05 PM by Bassil Hamideh

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