Does an HOA have more legal standing than the Maricopa County Assessor office?
3 attorney answers
For 8k, I would definitely hire a lawyer to contact the HOA and make them refund their erroneous assessment. "Sorry, we approved it as two lots, so you have to pay twice?" That's bogus.
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This isn't a question of legal standing, but a question of fact whether you have an obligation to pay two assessments. The answer depends on the nature of the conversation you had with the HOA. From what you've provided, it sounds like you should be assessed as a single property, but you may need to retain a lawyer to resolve this dispute.
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As both prior attorneys have said, you should consult with an attorney to evaluate your options. It seems like the HOA is wrongfully taking advantage of the situation.